Jets To Release Antonio Cromartie

2:20pm: The Jets have officially announced the transaction.

1:47pm: The Jets will release Cromartie, according to Ian Rapoport of (via Twitter).

1:43pm: It appears the Jets have cut cornerback Antonio Cromartie, based on tweets by Cromartie himself. The seven-year-veteran sent out two separate messages, firstI would like 2 thank the Jets organization so much with helpin me grow as leader and a player. S/O 2 my teammates I wish u guys the best.” This was followed by: 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.”

Cromartie was due to count almost $15MM against the cap in 2014. By releasing him, the Jets will save $9.5MM in cap space. Cromartie’s play suffered greatly in 2013, as he was ranked as the eighth-worst corner in football by Pro Football Focus’ metrics (subscription required).

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