Antonio Cromartie Released by Jets: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

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Antonio Cromartie Released by Jets: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction
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The New York Jets released veteran cornerback Antonio Cromartie on Monday, marking the end of his second stint with team.  

The Jets announced they had parted ways with the four-time Pro Bowler. Seth Walder of the New York Daily News noted the Jets saved $8 million with the move.

Cromartie posted on his Instagram after being released (warning: language may be NSFW):

First I would like to give thanks to my Lord and Savior because everything that I've been blessed with is because of you. Thank you again. Now I would like to thank the Jets Organization for bringing me back this past season. I had a lot of fun and I know my first half of the season didn't go well and I thank you guys for pushing and believing in me while keeping me on the field so I could finish strong. Today is a sad day for me not because of my release but the guys I became really close to in our DB room. @busterskrine @revisislandtwo4 @instant9 @mgilchr @therealmarcwill @dmilli27 @wavyy_25 @dbailey37 @dex_25 man y'all niggas were my brothers and I would do anything for y'all man. God bless y'all boys in the future and let God lead the way for you. To the Jets Nation, the most important people that make Sunday's so fun...thank you for welcoming me back. You guys are the best fans ever and thank you for sticking next to me through my tough times last season, you rock. Keep the excitement in the stands, because Coach Bowles will have the guys right this upcoming season. I Vow to be the person and player my Heavenly Father has asked me to be. God Bless You. Sorry @busterskrine I had to put this up lol.

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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.

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.

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