Cromartie has Team Support but the Chip is still there
Most have learned by now that the Jets have re-signed All-Pro cornerback Antonio Cromartie. The deal is said to be 4-years worth $32 million. With all the eyes once on Nnamdi Asomugha the re-signed Jet has a different outlook on the upcoming season.
Cromartie seemed to be plan B for the team this year, sort of their “just in case” but he did not take it that way.
“Football is a business” Cromartie said and he does not seem to be taking the route the team took personal.
As far as Coach Ryan is concerned Cromartie was not the B option, instead said he just wanted to do what was best for the team. Ryan went on to praise Cromartie’s ability on the field, saying, “Cro is a tremendous player” he also added, “he probably has more talent than anybody playing the position and that includes Revis.” That is a huge statement from a man who has adored Revis since taking over as the Jets head coach.
Now that Cromartie is back with the team and is set to start practice this coming Thursday everybody is anxious to see how him and Revis will gel this season. With Revis missing three games last season and it also being their first year together, the cornerback tandem was not able to show their ability as much as they would have liked. Even though last season was tough for Revis, the two corners still shut down the league and now with a year’s experience playing together under the same defensive strategy, “the sky is the limit” Revis says.
Revis and Cromartie are good friends off the field but after the comments Revis made about being interested in playing with Asomugha, some thought it would become a shaky relationship. Cromartie took his comments with a grain of salt and made it clear that him and Revis’ friendship is fine.
The two corners might be fine but Cromartie has a problem of his own to deal with and he has a point to prove this season. In his eyes, Cromartie agrees with Coach Ryan’s comments when it comes to his talent. When compared to Asomugha, he replied, “Do I feel like Nnamdi is better than me? No.” He also went on to say “I have a big chip on my shoulder” and is looking to prove all the doubters wrong.
With the season a little more than a month away, the chip on Cromartie’s shoulder has room to grow larger and plenty of people are expecting for him to have a great season with his friend Revis at his side.