Last season Antonio Cromartie presented a terrific option at cornerback in the wake of Darrelle Revis’ season-ending injury. Cromartie took over responsibility of eliminating an opponent’s best receiver. He was burned a little more than Revis against quicker wideouts, but for the most part he played very well. Now Cromartie’s performance looks to be subpar. The New York Jets‘ entire secondary as given up big plays seemingly every week, so I’m not trying to pin it all on one individual.
Safeties consistently surrender plays in the middle. Fellow corner Dee Milliner looks raw, but should get better with time. Kyle Wilson still has promise; however, I don’t know what to make of him going forward. Now looking at Cromartie’s situation, there is something complicated about what can happen. He signed a four-year deal in 2011 that keeps him with the Jets through next season. Factors such as health and age come into play. At 29, he is by no means old, but players can sometimes break down when they reach 30 years of age.
There are other area of need to address first like safety and wide receiver. Watching this team every week, it seems Gang Green needs a better corner. I can live with Milliner and Wilson starting Sunday’s critical game against the Miami Dolphins. Looking at the big picture may require an addition either though this year’s NFL Draft, or a nice free agent signing. The time has come through for Cromartie to go somewhere else this offseason.