According to a league source, the Jets verified one more item off their to-do list early Monday morning when they accepted the terms on a latest contract with free agent cornerback Antonio Cromartie. It is considered to be a four-year contract, and the Daily News stated it is worth $32 million.
Cromartie tweeted “Cro is back” and “headed home glad 2 B a Jet. . . let’s go win a Superbowl.” after the news broke.
It was the second significant player goes for the Jets in a span of around 16 hours. They signed free agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress to a one year, $3.017 million agreement. The team selected not to re-sign Braylon Edwards, who led the Jets in receptions last season and signing Burress in its place resulted in a savings that helped enable them to re-up Cromartie.
Cromartie played right cornerback for the Jets in the previous season after being acquired from San Diego in a March 2010 trade. He had a firm reason, but rumors where that he was annoyed by the Jets’ extremely open dalliance previous week with free agent Nnamdi Asomugha, who finally signed with Philadelphia on Friday. Some money probably helped smooth over the hard feelings.
In a radio interview last month, Cromartie had said that there was “no such thing” as a hometown discount, although he as well had made clear he wished to go back. Oakland, which lost Asomugha to free agency, was reported to be the other main suitor. The Jets as well had interest in free agent Philipp Buchanon as a fallback choice at corner, but wound up not having to go that way.
Cromartie, 6-foot-2, has 18 interceptions in his five-year NFL profession, counting three last seasons.