After a few days of deciding between the Jets and the Arizona Cardinals Cromartie agreed to a four-year contract worth $32 million. The exact breakdown of the contract and the guarantees are not available yet but this contract means new GM Mike Maccagnan has spent a whooping $127 million on cornerbacks this offseason. Clearly Maccagnan learned his lesson from watching ex-GM John Idzik’s get fired for his decision not to splurge on cornerbacks last year.
After having one of the worst collection of cornerbacks in football for the past two years the Jets might just have the best group of corners in the league. Led by the veterans Revis and Cromartie, the new slot corner Buster Skrine with Dee Milliner, Dexter McDougle, Darrin Walls and Marcus Williams now rounding out the bottom of the depth chart instead of being relied upon to start.
Cromartie will not only be re-joining Revis and the Jets but also his defensive coordinator from his year in Arizona and new head coach Todd Bowles. Cromartie never wanted to leave the Jets, in fact he won’t even have to look for a place to live as he never sold his home in Jersey, but Idzik decided to let him go due to concerns about his age (30-years-old, turns 31 on April 15) and his hip injuries.
After spending a year in Arizona with Bowles and proving his hip was healthy enough to withstand the season Cromartie got his wish to return to the Jets and even better he gets to line up opposite the best cornerback in football once again.