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Draft Scout *Antonio Cromartie News
03/20/14 - CB Antonio Cromartie agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Cardinals.
The Cardinals now have a star-studded secondary that includes free safety/nickel back Tyrann Mathieu, who was enjoying a standout rookie season before suffering a knee injury last year. Arizona also has excellent depth with veteran cornerbacks Justin Bethel, Bryan McCann and Jerraud Powers on the roster.
Cromartie struggled last season, in part due to injury, and was released by the Jets, who were unwilling to pay a $5 million roster bonus due this month and absorb his $14.98 million salary-cap figure for 2014 but did hope to re-sign him.
03/10/14 - CB Antonio Cromartie will be released by the Jets.
The move is not shocking, considering he is due a $5 million roster bonus later this week. It saves the Jets $9.5 million in salary-cap space.
Cromartie turns 30 on April 15 and was heading into the final season of a four-year, $32 million contract.
"Cro is one of the finest athletes I've ever coached," coach Rex Ryan said in a statement. "He was willing to contribute wherever the team needed him to win games, be it defense, special teams or offense. He has a passion and enthusiasm for the game and I wish him and his family the best."
Earlier, Cromartie announced via Twitter the team released him.
"I would like 2 thank the Jets organization so much with helpin me grow as leader and a player. S/O 2 my teammates I wish u guys the best," Cromartie wrote.
In another tweet, he wrote: "I would also like to give a big up to The Jets Fan base. Thank you for all the support thru my 4 yr career with you. Thank you again."
A league source told ESPN the Jets are interested in re-signing Cromartie for a cheaper rate but will explore the free-agent market.
The Jets reportedly contacted Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner. Teams were allowed to contact pending free agents as of Saturday.
Cromartie made the Pro Bowl as an alternate last season but was bothered by a hip injury throughout the year.
03/10/14 - WR Antonio Cromartie was officially released by the Jets Monday.
12/26/13 - CB Antonio Cromartie (hip) told reporters Thursday that he will meet with doctors in January to determine if his chronically sore right hip needs to be surgically repaired in the offseason. Cromartie suffered a right hip fracture in 2008 and hadn't experienced any complications until this year. Cromartie has played in all 15 games this year but has struggled through the worst season of his career. He was listed as a limited participant in practice on the Wednesday and Thursday injury reports.
12/11/13 - CB Antonio Cromartie (hip, concussion) did not practice Wednesday. While Cromartie has been battling a hip injury all season, the bigger concern is the concussion, which he suffered in the Jets' 37-27 win over the Raiders last Sunday. Cromartie is in the midst of the NFL's concussion protocol and will need to be cleared by an independent neurologist before he can return to practice or play in a game. Cromartie is in the midst of the worst season of his eight-year career, with three interceptions and 29 tackles in 13 games.