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Clarification on Cromartie Contract Change

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Hutch offers some clarity on the changes made to Antonio Cromartie's contract.

With seven children by six different women in five states and at least five paternity suits in the past two years, new Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie needs cash.

The Jets have stepped up, giving Cromartie $500,000 in up-front money on the final year of a contract that'll pay him $1.7 million in 2010, according to the NFL Network.

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Cromartie needs the ready cash because NFL players don't begin collecting their salaries until the first week of the season and it would take a while for Cromatie to come up with that kind of money.

Nice move by the Jets. It's the kind of thing that will build trust between team and player. Knowing the Jets have his back is the kind of thing that will motivate Antonio to put his best foot forward and return to his 2007 form.