Report: Antonio Cromartie expects to be released

antonio cromartieAccording to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com,  Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie told his teammates that he believes he’ll end up being released this offseason.

One of the most interesting offseason decisions involves Antonio Cromartie, who is to count $15 million against the 2014 salary cap. That includes a $5 million roster bonus in March. Cromartie told teammates he expects the Jets to release him, but that he hopes to re-sign after testing the market. That would be the smart move. The Jets can’t write a $5 million check for a soon-to-be-30-year-old cornerback who might need hip surgery. Because it’s the final year of his contract, he can’t do a simple restructuring to provide cap relief, as he did last year. They should cut him, let him shop around, and decide whether they want to match his best offer. They did it that way last offseason with Calvin Pace, and it worked out.

If the Jets are going to get rid of the 29 year-old Cromartie,  they better make sure Dee Milliner will have a much better sophomore season.

Cromartie had 38 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 3 interceptions this season.