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Antonio Cromartie joins deep free-agent cornerback pool after Jets cut him

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Antonio Cromartie's last game representing the New York Jets was the Pro Bowl.

The cornerback was informed he will be released, and can hit the market along with the other top cornerbacks who will be free agents, like Alterraun Verner and Aqib Talib. Cromartie had three interceptions last season and was added to the AFC's Pro Bowl roster as an injury replacement.

Cromartie had a ridiculous cap charge of almost $15 million for this season that the Jets were never going to pay. He had expressed that he would be willing to restructure, but that didn't work out.

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Cromartie announced his Jets career was done with his goodbyes on Twitter.

 

 

Cromartie has been a bit up and down in his eight seasons with the Chargers and Jets, and isn't quite in the same tier as Verner or Talib, especially since he will turn 30 in April. However, he'll be a good fallback plan for teams who can't land one of the top cornerbacks on the market.

One of the teams that might be in play for a top cornerback is the Jets, who now need to replace a Pro Bowl starter at corner.

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