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In order for the Jets to free up the cap space, they will need to add free agents this offseason, and they will have to part ways with several veteran players, including Antonio Cromartie.
With a cap hit of $14.98 million next season on the heels of his worst season as a pro, you and I have as good of a chance to start for the Jets under such a contract as Cromartie next season. Even he has admitted that his release is all but a formality at this point, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.
This does not mean, however, that Cromartie's time is done in New York. There is reason to believe that Cromartie's struggles last year stem from an injured hip that ailed him all season. If he can prove that he can come back healthy for one more season, bringing him back under a lesser contract makes plenty of sense.
After all, he is just a year removed from his Pro Bowl-caliber 2012 season.
A lot has to happen for Cromartie to prove a clean bill of health and for the two sides to come to an agreement, but if the two sides can agree on a reasonable contract, there is a good chance that Cromartie will be back in New York in 2014.