The New York Jets started making their salary cap casualties this past weekend with their first cut in the release of cornerback Antonio Cromartie. It was expected to happen since Cromartie is not only coming off one of the worst seasons of his tenure with the Jets, but he just isn’t the same player he used to be a few years ago.
While he’s given tremendous credit for playing through pain last season due to his chronic hip injury, it looks like his time with the Jets is truly over. It doesn’t make sense to bring him back to the Jets since he’s going to be 30-years old next month in addition to still having hip issues.
As a cornerback, speed is everything. If you can’t keep up with the top wide receivers of the NFL, you will consistently get burned. Expected to be spending some serious money come free agency, the Jets will now have the green light to acquire a top free agent cornerback since there is a big void to fill with Cromartie gone.
At the moment, the crosshairs are on Alterraun Verner as they have inquired about his interest this past weekend. Bringing Verner in should be a top priority for the Jets since the possibilities would be endless if they were able to acquire him to kick off free agency. Remember the days when the Jets’ secondary was one of the best in the NFL? That was when both Cromartie and Darrelle Revis were in their primes and shut down the best offensive players thrown their way.
A high quality duo at the cornerback position is key to creating a defense capable of shutting down even the most potent offensive teams in the NFL. Dee Milliner will continue to progress with the Jets as he came off a rookie season that ended on a high note.
If the Jets could pair up Milliner with a player like Verner, they will have the makings of another strong duo to hold the corners. Not to mention, giving Milliner another veteran mentor to continue molding him to become an even better defensive player.