When you hear of a salary cap hit being over $14 million dollars you think of some of the top QBs in the league. Tom Brady, Matt Stafford, and Joe Flacco all have 2014 cap hits in the 14 million dollar range. Also in that range? Jets CB Antonio Cromartie. In fact there are only 19 players next season with higher cap hits than Cromartie including 10 QBs, 6 DL, Larry Fitzgerald, Mike Wallace, and Darrelle Revis. That is not the type of company that Antonio Cromartie should be keeping in terms of contract numbers, but it is. Cromartie understands the bind that the Jets are in with his contract but says he is willing to do what he can to stay with the Jets for the remainder of his career.
Thursday, he said he’d be willing to again restructure his agreement to remain with the team.
“Definitely,” Cromartie said. “This is where I want to be. My family loves it here. I think the biggest thing, for me, is just to make sure that going into this last game I’m playing to the best of my ability.
“At the end of the day, no matter what you do, your last name is your resume. That’s how I want to go about it. I’m here. My family wants to be here, and this is where I want to retire.”-NJ.com
The process of restructuring is a short term fix. Years are added to the contract and salary money is converted to signing bonus which is prorated over a period of time in the contract, generally the life of the deal. The deal is then generally backloaded to make the first few years have a lower base salary so that a large percentage of that years cap figure consists of the prorated signing bonus cap hit. The problem comes when the contract gets to the backloaded high base salary portion, creating a big cap hit like this one. It is a fine patch but the Jets front office will eventually need to come up with a better solution.