Earlier this month New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie told his teammates that he expects the team to cut him. He indicated a willingness to come back to the Jets after testing free agency.
Cromartie appeared on NBC’s Pro Football Talk program today, and he confirmed that he expects the team to cut him (quotes courtesy of Mike Florio):
I think I am just because my cap number is very high and I had one of the worst seasons of my career this past year…
“I was banged up. You know, I got hurt in Week Two but that’s not an excuse. You know, if I’m going to go out and go play every single week, I expect for myself to be playing at a high level and my teammates and my organization expects for me to be playing at a high level, so I never make excuses. You know, I just had a bad year. And that falls heavily on me and no one else.
Asked about returning to the Jets as a free agent, Cromartie said:
“This is where I want to be, that’s where I want to retire.”
Besides his strong instincts as a GM (there is no way the team will take his $15 million cap hit next year), he is also spot-on in his assessment of his season. According to ProFootballFocus, he graded out as one of the worst at his position this year, among the likes of Shareece Wright of the Chargers and Tracy Porter of the Raiders.
We all know he has more game than that. With good health and a more reasonable contract, he promises to be a decent value for some team, whether it’s the Jets or not, next season.