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Draft Scout *Antonio Cromartie News
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.
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.
12/09/13 - CB Antonio Cromartie (concussion) was injured Sunday during the Jets' 37-27 win over the Raiders. The Jets initially said Cromartie had suffered a head injury but coach Rex Ryan said Monday that Cromartie was diagnosed with a concussion. Cromartie will have to be cleared by an independent neurologist before he can return to the field, which puts his availability for Sunday's game against Carolina into question. Ryan said he didn't know when Cromartie was hurt, but he did collide with Ed Reed and Kyle Wilson during a 48-yard touchdown pass from Matt McGloin to Rod Streater in the third quarter Sunday.
12/03/13 - CB Antonio Cromartie was impressive as the Jets' emergency kickoff returner Sunday, when he averaged 31.5 yards on four second half returns after Josh Cribbs suffered a shoulder injury. But coach Rex Ryan said Monday that Cromartie, who has been battling a hip injury all year, probably wouldn't be an option in the likelihood that Cribbs misses multiple games with the injury. Cromartie has returned at least one kickoff in each of his eight NFL seasons and is averaging 23.7 yards per return on 43 career returns.