Cromartie posted on his Instagram after being released (warning: language may be NSFW):
Darryl Slater of NJ.com noted Cromartie "is expected to be willing to take less money to return, because he loves the Jets organization and coach Todd Bowles," citing a league source.
Cromartie returned to New York this past offseason along with former teammate and superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis. The Jets upgraded their secondary in a big way, which helped them to 10 wins in their first year under Bowles.
Although he started all 15 games he appeared in during the 2015 campaign, Cromartie didn't record a single interception and isn't quite the player he once was.
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Part of the reason New York's move to cut Cromartie makes sense is all of the guarantees on his prior contract had already been paid.
The 31-year-old signed a four-year, $32 million deal last offseason with $7 million guaranteed. Per Spotrac, that money came in the form of a $5 million salary and $2 million roster bonus, but there was no dead-cap penalty for the Jets to cut Cromartie's contract short anytime thereafter.
Buster Skrine played well as another 2015 addition to the defensive backfield. The surprising emergence of Marcus Williams, who had six interceptions in limited action this past season, further diminished the need for Cromartie moving forward.
Due to his raw athleticism, ball skills and immense experience, though, he shouldn't have too much trouble finding a new NFL home. Landing a lucrative payday may prove difficult, but some team in need of a pass defense upgrade is bound to bring Cromartie aboard.