New York Jets expected to release DB Antonio Cromartie
A report from the Newark Star Ledger on Saturday says the New York Jets are likely to release their 32 year old defensive back Antonio Cromartie around the beginning of free agency which will begin in March 2016.
The Jets are likely to release Cromartie to avoid paying him $8 million dollars which is his current salary to sign younger players from the free agent market or from the National Football League Draft on April 28, 2016 in Chicago Illinois.
Cromartie was a first round draft choice of the San Diego Chargers in the 2006 National Football League Draft out of Florida State University. Cromartie played defensive back for the Chargers from 2006-2009, the New York Jets from 2010-2013, the Arizona Cardinals in 2014 and the New York Jets in 2015.
Cromartie was traded by the Chargers to the Jets on March 4, 2010 in exchange for the Jets third round draft choice in the 2011 National Football League Draft. Since Cromartie performed on the gridiron better than the Jets expected during the 2010 football season the Chargers received from the Jets their second round draft choice in the 2011 National Football League.
It is likely that if Cromartie is released by the Jets before the start of free agency in 2016, he will land on his feet with another team in the league that will be needing his services even though he is considered past his prime at the tender age of 32 years even though he has 11 years of service in the National Football League.