PITTSBURGH PA - JANUARY 23: Mewelde Moore #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers catches a pass over Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets in the third quarter of the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23 2011 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Jets 24 to 19. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
But Trader Mike and Co. would not be shut down a second time. The two parties agreed to terms on a deal that would keep CB Antonio Cromartie in NY -- filling the Jets' biggest void on defense. The deal spans over 4 years and is worth $32 million, according to ESPN NY's Rich Cimini.
And this year, Gang Green wants to take care of business and run the table, Cromartie tweeted after the agreement was announced:
"They say Cro is back, Cro is back all #GangGreen fans say is Cro...lol I'm on my FLT headed home glad 2 b a JET...let's go win a Superbowl"
Sounds like a strong possibility, as Jets have been able to resign a good percentage of their top-tier free agents. And it would be great if they could resign FS Brodney Pool, too -- retaining guys who know the system rather than the Philadelphia Eagles' approach of signing every high-profile player on the market.
Cromartie had interest from both the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49'ers -- both of which recently lost their top cornerbacks. Essentially, he turned down a No. 1 spot -- but with two non-contenders. His decision to stay speaks volumes.
With this move, the Jets would essentially save $4 million/year from what the Eagles paid Nnamdi Asomugha.
And the depth chart would remain the same: CB Kyle Wilson would likely start at nickel back, with Cromartie and Revis, again, on the outside locking down whichever receivers they are matched up against.
Last year, Cromartie recorded 41 tackles and intercepted 3 passes -- dispelling rumors that he lacked consistency and was a high-risk, high-reward cornerback. After some work with Jets' coaching staff early in the season helping him come into his role in DC Mike Pettine's system, he displayed strong cover skills and complimented Revis well.
This signing was imperative if the Jets wanted to return to the postseason again, and it looks to be completed. So let's all take a deep breath, and hope the front office can get the safety position taken care of, and maybe land a pass-rusher on the cheap, too.
AlCrotraz is fully-operational and taking prisoners once again.