The Jets gave cornerback Antonio Cromartie four years. He lasted one.
In the first of a series of expected procedural moves intended to increase their financial flexibility, the Jets released Cromartie on Monday. They signed him last March to a four-year, $32 million deal that capped their extreme cornerback makeover, but less than 12 months later they cut him to save $8 million in salary-cap space.
In his second stint with the Jets, Cromartie, who turns 32 in April, struggled to recreate the stout cornerback tandem with Darrelle Revis that they formed from 2010 to 2012. Opposing quarterbacks had a 112.0 passer rating when throwing in Cromartie’s direction, according to Pro Football Focus, and despite playing (and starting) in 15 games, he failed to record an interception for the first time since his rookie season, 2006.