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Antonio Cromartie Reportedly Willing To Take Less To Return To Jets

Despite releasing veteran CB Antonio Cromartie on Monday, a league source Darryl Slater of NJ.com that he would be interested in re-signing with the Jets at a lower salary.

Slater’s source added that Cromartie “loves the Jets organization and coach Todd Bowles.”

However, it remains to be seen if this is something the Jets would consider, and it’s clearly very early in the process.

The Jets may have other plans for their starting cornerback job opposite to Darrelle Revis.

Cromartie, 31, was in the second year of his four-year, $32 million contract that included $7 million guaranteed and would have made a base salary of $8 million for the 2016 season.

According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Cromartie will free up $8 million in available cap space while creating no dead money.

In 2015, Cromartie appeared in 15 games for the Jets and recorded 29 tackles, a fumble recovery and 12 pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 86 cornerback out of 111 qualifying players.