The Jets have released CB Antonio Cromartie, the team announced (Feb. 22).
The Jets will save $8 million after releasing Cromartie, with no dead cap money included (Feb. 22)
Cromartie, 31, played with the Jets from 2010 to 2013 and again in 2015.
Last season, Cromartie had 33 tackles and had the most kickoff returns on the Jets, with 15.
Cromartie posted a thank you message to the Jets on Instagram.
This shouldn't be that much of a surprise based on Cromartie's play in 2015. While there were some high points for the Robin to Revis's Batman, there were also countless "business decisions" and poor tackling in the open field.
Cromartie might have been given the option to return on a significantly reduced salary but that seemed unlikely. And the recent speculation that Cromartie could transition to safety is nonsensical, since his hesitance to play into contact has always been part of his game.
The money that Cro would have earned will be re-allocated to other players, namely Mo Wilkerson and Ryan Fitzpatrick, and whichever free agents the Jets pursue.
So, who will replace Cromartie in the starting lineup? Based on what we saw in 2015, I would guess it will be Marcus Williams. Williams had some solid play and the experience he gained might go well in an expanded role. As far as Dee Milliner? It is hard to say since he saw no time with the Jets' defense in 2015. Expect Milliner back to compete and provide depth while he plays out his rookie deal.