The New York Jets have freed up nearly $15 million of cap money by releasing starting cornerback Antonio Cromartie. According to a report by the New York Daily News on March 9, Cromartie was expected to be a cap causality.
Due to earn a $5 million roster bonus this upcoming year, Cromartie expected the move as the team looks to free up money. There is still a chance the team will bring back the 29-year-old cornerback at a cheaper rate, but the team is reportedly targeting another cornerback, in Titans CB Alterraun Verner, as the free agency season approaches.
Cromartie thanked the organization as he confirmed the release on Twitter.
“I like to thank the Jets organization so much with helpin me grow as leader and a player. S/O 2 teammates I wish u guys the best. It’s time for a new chapter in my life and now it’s time to let my lord and savior lead my steps every step of the way.”
Jets head coach Rex Ryan complimented Antonio Cromartie as one of “finest athletes” he has coached and in a statement recognized him as a valuable contributor.
“He was willing to contribute wherever the team needed him to win games, be it defense, special teams or offense. He has a passion and enthusiasm for the game and I wish him and his family the best.”
Despite coming off a disappointing season, Cromartie can still contribute to another team. He went to the Pro Bowl in 2012 when he stepped in for Darrelle Revis and recorded 13 interceptions during his time with the New York Jets. The Denver Broncos and New England Patriots are possible landing spots for Antonio Cromartie.
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