Aug. 18, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agent Rumors: Antonio Cromartie unlikely to return to New York Jets

When the New York Jets released Antonio Cromartie early Sunday morning, there was belief the cornerback could return to the organization at a cheaper rate – namely a suggestion from Cromartie himself.

However, ESPN New York does not believe that to be the case and feels the organization has moved on from the former Pro Bowl talent.

I think Cromartie is done in New York. Unless he’s willing to return on a modest, one-year contract, what sense does it make to commit to a 30-year-old cornerback with a chronic hip condition? Cromartie was terrible last season despite making the Pro Bowl as an alternate. (What a sham that was.)

Rich Cimini goes on to suggest that Cromartie’s game is built on speed and given his hip injury (and overall decline), there simply isn’t much there.

If it’s a no-risk situation (read: incredibly cheap, one-year offer) for the Jets, they may consider it, but as of right now the ESPN scribe believes it’s a no-brainer that the Jets walk away for good.

Alterraun Verner has been linked as a potential replacement for Cromartie.

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