The New York Jets offeseason started earlier then they would’ve liked this year. One of issues they’ll face this offseason is what to do with cornerback Antonio Cromartie and his salary. He’ll count for $15 million against the cap, including a $5 million dollar roster bonus in March.
Cromartie told teammates he expects the Jets to release him, but that he hopes to re-sign after testing the market. That would be the smart move. The Jets can’t write a $5 million check for a soon-to-be-30-year-old cornerback who might need hip surgery. Because it’s the final year of his contract, he can’t do a simple restructuring to provide cap relief, as he did last year. They should cut him, let him shop around, and decide whether they want to match his best offer. They did it that way last offseason with Calvin Pace, and it worked out.
It would be the logical thing to do because restructuring his deal would require an extension.
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