EAST RUTHERFORD NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets intercepts a pass from Tom Brady of the New England Patriots intended for Randy Moss at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 19 2010 in East Rutherford New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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There was a report this offseason that the New York Jets would allow CB Antonio Cromartie to walk during free agency. It appears the Jets will instead try to hang onto him.
According to various reports, the Jets have placed a first and third round restricted free agent tender on Cromartie. Under the current rules, that means Cromartie can sign the tender and play, or sit out a la Logan Mankins and Vincent Jackson last year. Or, someone can sign him to an offer sheet and give up a first and third round pick for him, but that seems unlikely.
That's the way things would happen under the current rules. The problem is that we don't know how long these rules will be good. The current CBA allows for players with five or less years of service to be kept via restricted free agency and Cromartie is in that fifth year so he's eligible. But the current CBA expires at midnight on March 3rd at which point there are no rules anymore.
Whenever a new CBA comes along, many people expect the rules for restricted free agency to revert back to the way they were before 2010 -- three years of service equals restricted free agency not five years. In that scenario, Cromartie would be an unrestricted free agent.
So that report about the Jets letting Cromartie leave during free agency? It still has a chance of being accurate.
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over 2 years ago Update 0 comments
On Wednesday, NFL Network's Michael Lombardi reported the New York Jets are expected to let CB Antonio Cromartie leave via free agency (whenever a new CBA gets done and we actually have free agency). The news was somewhat of a surprise because, even though he's had his issues, Cromartie is still a solid player for New York.
Cromartie took to his Twitter account following the news to say he doesn't know anything about it:
U know I could careless about a rumor because as of now and until me and my business partners are told otherwise I'm a JET to the end. Gang Green baby. Plus it's just a rumor. Lol
Though Cromartie may be right, it's interesting to try to figure out where he fits on the priority list. LB David Harris has the franchise tag and the Jets have a pair of receivers who may be higher on the priority list, SB Nation's Gang Green Nation writes.
I still think it would make sense to put Cromartie lower on the list of priorities. David Harris is the best free agent the Jets have. Receivers to help Mark Sanchez develop should probably rate higher than a number two corner on what will likely be a very good defense either way. Cornerbacks tend to make way too much on the market.
Until the labor deal between the owners and players is done, we may not know whether this is a rumor or not. Until that happens, there won't be free agency so Cromartie will be a Jet.
over 2 years ago Update 6 comments
All season, Jets coaches were frustrated with Cromartie's inability to play the way they asked. GM Mike Tannenbaum was very measured in his assessment of Cromartie in his end-of-the-season press conference, saying "by and large, he had a good year on the field, It wasn’t perfect, but I’m glad he was a Jet."
Off the field is where Cromartie may have damaged his chances of having a future with the organization. For a while, it seemed as though he was publicly ripping someone or something on a daily basis. And of course there was the time he threaten to smash Matt Hasselbeck's face in via Twitter.
Jets blog Gang Green Nation has heard the report. And they are fine with it.
I would be fine with this. Cro had a good season, but even then he is an underachiever. He has more God given ability than Darrelle Revis. He should consistently dominate. The things he does well are too limited considering his athleticism. Plus corners make crazy amounts on the open market.
According to Lombardi, the Jets w re-signing would rather focus on signing wide receivers Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards. The team also has firt-round pick Kyle Wilson on the roster if they want to part ways with Cromartie. They are also expected to pursue free agent Nnamdi Asomugha.
Cromartie will find work for sure if he is allowed to walk. I mean, he has to. He's got kids to feed.
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