The New York Jets have reportedly agreed to a new deal for Pro Bowl cornerback Antonio Cromartie.
According to sources, Cromartie has agreed to a new four-year deal worth a total of $32 million.
New York Daily News writer Manish Mehta was the first to break the news.
Things were looking a little dicey for the Jets in their search for a number two cornerback opposite All-Pro Darrelle Revis after the Jets pushed hard for free agent Nnamdi Asomugha, only to see him sign with the Philadelphia Eagles instead.
It was a huge risk when they went after Asomugha, and it reportedly rubbed some of their own free agents the wrong way when they were essentially put on the back burner during the Asomugha talks.
Wide receiver Brad Smith was one of the casualties of the talks, leaving for a deal with the Buffalo Bills rather than waiting around for the Asomugha negotiations to be resolved.
However, Cromartie evidently put his pride aside and came back to finish what he started. The Jets acquired him in a trade with the San Diego Chargers last offseason and he played pretty well overall in his first season in New York.
Now, the big cornerback is here to stay, and the Jets could not be happier. While he isn’t Nnamdi Asomugha, it’s crucial in the post-lockout offseason to have players who are already familiar with Rex Ryan’s complicated defense.
The Jets defensive backfield shouldn’t miss a beat now, as they’ll return Revis, Cromartie, Jim Leonhard and Eric Smith among others.
Reportedly a few Jets players took pay cuts and restructured their contracts in order to create cap space for the eventual Cromartie signing. That team unity is what will keep the Jets going strong now and into the future.
Cromartie is obviously excited to be here, and we’re excited to have him back.
Now, it’s all about counting down the days until the season starts. Can’t wait!
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