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NFL Cornerback Antonio Cromartie has been released by the New York Jets.
ESPN reports that by releasing Cromartie, the Jets are saving $9.5 million, which they can now use to seek a big-name free agent cornerback. Reportedly, the Jets have already been in contact with Alterraun Verner, who plays for the Tennessee Titans.
Even though he appeared in this year's Pro Bowl, Cromartie had a bad season for the Jets last year, yet the Jets' head coach, Rex Ryan, praises Cromartie for being a hard worker and one of the best players he has ever coached. Ryan stated, "He was willing to contribute wherever the team needed him to win games, be it defense, special teams or offense."
I would also like to give a big up to The Jets Fan base. Thank you for all the support thru my 4 yr career with you. Thank you again.
— ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@CRO31) March 9, 2014
However, Cromartie's departure might not be the only one made by the Jets. Quarterback Mark Sanchez and wide receiver Santonio Holmes will also most likely be let go due to their high salaries.
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