Antonio Cromartie says he's willing to restructure contract to stay with Jets
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Antonio Cromartie wants to be a Jet for life -- so much so that the cornerback said Thursday that he's open to restructuring his contract.
"Definitely. This is where I want to be," said Cromartie, who carries a $14.98-million salary-cap charge in 2014.
Cromartie reiterated what he told Newsday last week: He'll see specialists in the offseason to determine whether he needs to undergo surgery on his right hip, which he fractured in 2008 with the Chargers.
His health, however, will be a big factor in the Jets' decision about keeping him. Cromartie, who agreed to lower his base salary to $840,000 this past offseason, is in the third year of a four-year, $32-million deal. The Jets could save $9.5 million by releasing the two-time Pro Bowler, who is due to earn a $5-million roster bonus in March.
Although his future with the franchise isn't his main focus, Cromartie wants to wear green and white for good. "The biggest thing for me is just to make sure that going into this last game, I play to the best of my ability," he said. "At the end of the day, no matter what you do, your last game is your resume. So that's how I go about it and I want to make sure that I'm here. My family wants to be here and this is where I want to retire."
Rex's Pro Bowl vote
Besides "usual suspects" Nick Mangold and D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Rex Ryan thinks Nick Folk, Muhammad Wilkerson, Calvin Pace and "maybe" Sheldon Richardson deserve Pro Bowl consideration. He said of Folk: "There are some guys who have had some great years, but it's hard for me to believe there have been any better than his."
Special-teams coordinator Ben Kotwica said Folk, who has connected on 31 of 33 field-goal attempts and is 3-for-3 from at least 50 yards, has a "tremendous" opportunity to go to the Pro Bowl. "If there's anybody that's kicked the ball better in the league than him, I really haven't seen it," he said.
Richardson reportedly plans to appeal his $15,000 fine for a roughing-the-passer penalty on Browns QB Jason Campbell. . . . Ellis Lankster (jaw), Ed Reed (non-injury) and Kellen Winslow Jr. (knee, illness) didn't practice.