Former Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie was let go by the team and became an unrestricted free agent because they did not want to pay a $5 million roster bonus due on March 13.
The team tried to sign a replacement for Cromartie but missed out on players like Vontae Davis and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, leaving a void at the cornerback position. The Arizona Cardinals had been showing interest in Antonio Cromartie, but the cornerback expressed a desire to re-sign with the Jets.
Cromartie had the best year of his Jets career in 2012 with “All-Pro” cornerback Darrelle Revis missing most of that season with a knee injury but he struggled in 2013 battling a hip issue. A Jets/Cromartie reunion seemed to make sense, but Cromartie has signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals.
The cornerback market has dried up with players like Asante Samuel, Carlos Rogers and former Jet Aaron Berry still available. The Jets could be looking at the trade market as the Houston Texans might be looking to move cornerback Jonathan Joseph or they might choose to draft a replacement.
Cromartie finishes his four year Jets career with 51 pass defenses and 13 interceptions.