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Antonio Cromartie: How Do We Handle This....?

When Antonio Cromartie first received his contract extension I was reasonably excited - not by the number, but by the fact that we were retaining a Top 20 CB to create the Revis Island / AlCroTraz combination. When Revis went down in 2012, Cromartie stepped up and earned a Pro Bowl berth (rightfully so that year). After the Jets traded Revis it became the Cro Show, and his co-stars were the perpetually underachieving Kyle Wilson and the injury/WR burn-prone Dee Milliner.

Now Cromartie is set to make $9 million, which after his poor play in 2013 (where he was ranked towards the bottom of all CBs) is completely unfeasible to pay.

The question for me is should the Jets find some way to keep Cromartie with the team? He has stated on many occasions that he wants to retire a Jet and has been a very good citizen in the locker room after being a problem child in San Diego.

If he can return to full health there is little reason to believe he can't have a full-recovery to (legitimate) Pro Bowl form. If he can't, the Jets will find themselves on the short end of the stick at CB until Dee Milliner improves.

Under what circumstances (financial) should Cromartie be allowed to come back to the Jets? Or should the Jets simply cut him and not look back?

Let me know below.

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