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Antonio Cromartie: Me and Darrelle Revis are two best corners in league

Antonio CromartieSomeone better keep an eye out on Richard Sherman’s Twitter account for a response, because we know he won’t like what Antonio Cromartie had to say recently.

Cromartie was on NFL Network’s “Total Access” Thursday and was asked to rate some of the best cornerbacks in the league. Cro was shown the results of a fan vote where Sherman was selected as the best cornerback over Joe Haden, Patrick Peterson and Revis. He disagreed with that and wondered where his name was.

“If y’all just want to go off one or two seasons … that’s fine and dandy,” Cromartie said. “But go over the longevity of my career and then match it up against these right here.”

Cromartie then explained why he or Revis should get the nod for best all-around corner in the game.

“To me, right now, it’s either me or (Revis),” Cromartie continued. “You got three guys that’s up and coming, but right now it’s either me or this guy — when we’re healthy.

“And when we’re healthy we know what we can do on the football field. We’ve both shown it in a Rex Ryan defense with zero help. We tell that safety to roll up to the other side. … I want these guys to be on an island by themselves and play zero coverage. They (haven’t) done it yet. They (haven’t) done nothing that me and Rev have done in Rex Ryan’s defense.”

We’ve heard this same argument before. Sherman only plays on one side of the field and doesn’t shadow the opposing teams’ top receivers. Maybe we don’t know how great he is because he hasn’t done that, but few are playing better than he is. I don’t think that should be taken away from him. And I’d put Sherman ahead of Cromartie but probably on a similar level to Revis.

Did Antonio Cromartie rip Jets after signing with Cardinals?

Antonio-Cromartie-Calls-Tom-Brady-A-HoleAntonio Cromartie signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday. The 30-year-old was released by the New York Jets earlier this offseason, which was expected because he was carrying a total salary cap charge of nearly $15 million in the final year of his contract.

After the Jets cut Cromartie, he would not rule out a possible return under a different deal. Despite the fact that New York is still looking for a No. 1 corner, that never came to fruition. On Thursday, the following tweet briefly appeared on Cromartie’s Twitter account. It was captured by our friends at Black Sports Online.

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Cromartie’s wife Terricka later claimed she was on her husband’s account accidentally and meant to send the tweet from hers.

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Jets release Antonio Cromartie, might want to bring him back

Antonio CromartieThe New York Jets released cornerback Antonio Cromartie on Sunday, days before he was due a $5 million roster bonus. Cromartie, who has been with the Jets the past four seasons, tweeted the news about his release.

Cromartie knew he was likely to be cut by the team; the move saves the team $9.5 million against the cap. Though the team plans to explore other cornerback options — they’ve expressed interest in Alterraun Verner — they would likely want to bring Cromartie back for a lower price.

Distracted by off-field issues, Cromartie initially played poorly with the Jets, but he had an excellent 2012 season before having a rough time last season because of an injury. He’s still a fine cornerback and will draw plenty of interest on the open market.

Antonio Cromartie: NFL should make weed legal

Antonio CromartieAntonio Cromartie thinks the NFL should allow players to smoke marijuana because so many players do it anyway. Marijuana is currently listed as a banned substance by the NFL and classified as a recreational drug/drug of abuse. It takes multiple positive tests for players to be seriously disciplined for marijuana use, but Cromartie thinks it should be allowed.

The New York Jets DB shared his thoughts in a casual interview with ThisIs50.com before the Super Bowl last week.

“They need to just let it go,” Cromartie said while laughing. “They’re just going to do it anyway. They just need to let it go. They need to go ahead and say, ‘Y’all go ahead, smoke it, do what you need to do.’ ”

Though the interview was posted a week ago, it started to receive attention this week. There was a small controversy because the New York Post made an error in their transcription. They wrote that Cromartie said “we’re” just going to smoke weed as if he were putting himself in that group. Cromartie cleared things up on Twitter by saying he wasn’t including himself in that group and that he doesn’t smoke.

Cromartie is due a $5 million roster bonus in March, so there is a strong likelihood that he is cut by the Jets. He said in the interview that he still hopes to be back with them.

Also, how unprepared was the interviewer? Asking Cromartie if he’s taken? Does she not know about his marital status or multiple children? This is Antonio Cromartie we’re talking about here.

As for the marijuana policy, states are already legalizing it. Maybe the entire country will too before long. I wouldn’t mind it if the NFL made it legal. Like he said, half the league does it already, and some players even say it’s extremely helpful for them in terms of healing or recovering. At that point it would just be up to the players to make sure they’re not abusing it.

Tip via David B.

Ed Reed, Antonio Cromartie offering $20,000 reward for turnovers?

Ed-Reed-TexansThe New York Jets have done a poor job of creating turnovers this season. Rex Ryan’s typically ferocious defensive scheme has come away with just seven takeaways, which is tied for last in the league with the San Diego Chargers. Ed Reed is supposed to help remedy that issue. Are the Jets using $20,000 rewards as well?

On Thursday, Reed and fellow defensive back Antonio Cromartie were seen strutting around the locker room in shirts that said “WANTED: In the air or on the ground. $20,000.” Here is what the shirts look like:

Naturally, reporters wanted to know if this was the Jets’ way of saying they have some sort of bounty system in place for turnovers. Reed got understandably defensive when asked about it.

“No, I’m not offering 20 grand for a turnover,” the 35-year-old said, via ESPNNewYork.com. “I like how you tried to work that. It’s a shirt, man. I like how you did that. It’s funny how you guys twist our words.”

The Jets are obviously trying to send some sort of message, though that doesn’t mean they’re actually paying players for turnovers. And if they were, that doesn’t mean players are being paid to injure opponents. There’s a difference between cash rewards and bounties. The issue with rewarding players for turnovers would have to do with salary cap violations, so the players would be wise not to admit it even if that is what they’re doing.

In any event, we get the point. The Jets’ defense has held its own by ranking first in the league against the run, but they need to take the ball away more.

Antonio Cromartie says he did not get a vasectomy

Antonio CromartieOn Tuesday, Antonio Cromartie addressed one of the most critical and pressing sports stories of the past week.

The New York Jets cornerback joined Jay Mohr Sports on FOX Sports Radio and was asked whether it was true that he got a vasectomy in 2011.

“Nah, nah, nah. Definitely not. Nah,” Cromartie said while laughing.

The word about Cromartie having the vasectomy emerged last week in a story from the New York Post. The Post said that in his new book about spending a season with the Jets, Nicolas Dawidoff shares that Cromartie told him he got snipped. Cromartie denied that.

Whether Cromartie had a vasectomy or not, at least he did confirm in the interview that he still has 10 children.

Also in the interview with Mohr, Cromartie also expressed his distrust of the media. He shared his thoughts about the media when asked about the investigation of Jameis Winston regarding an alleged sexual assault case.

“To me you can’t go by what the media says because the media never has the full inside scoop on anything,” Cromartie told Mohr. “They only get bits and pieces of what’s being put out by different sources. And different sources are going to tell you something different every single week or day. For him, this just happened to come out when he was hot, playing good and having a chance to go to the national title game and win the Heisman. I don’t understand it. If it was going to come out, it should have came out last December.”

While Cromartie makes a fair point about the media concerning the Winston case, I’m really wondering how Dawidoff possibly could have gotten the vasectomy story wrong. Either Dawidoff lied about the quote, Cromartie lied when he told Dawidoff he had a vasectomy, or Cro is lying now.

Antonio Cromartie reportedly got a vasectomy in 2011

Antonio-Cromartie-reality-showTypically we try to keep our noses out of athletes’ personal affairs (actually, no we don’t — at all), but sometimes a piece of information comes along that is just too entertaining to pass up. Like, for example, the fact that New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie got a vasectomy in 2011.

Those of you who are familiar with Cromartie or watched “Hard Knocks” in 2010 know why that is so noteworthy. Cromartie has fathered 10 children by eight different women. The 29-year-old has so many kids that he struggled to remember all of their names during an infamous “Hard Knocks” interview.

According to the NY Post, Nicholas Dawidoff mentioned that Cromartie got snipped in his new book “Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football.”

“Walk-throughs the day before the game were uninteresting to most players, but not to Cromartie, who could never spend enough time on a football field,” Dawidoff wrote. “Cro had recently submitted to a vasectomy — ‘I got snipped,’ as he told [Dawidoff]. Eric Smith surveyed the jubilant, excised cornerback and said fondly, ‘I wish it had calmed him down!’”

That’s a relief. Cromartie turned down a proposal to do a reality show with his incredibly large family last year, which was probably a wise choice. It wasn’t nearly as brilliant as his decision to sterilize himself.