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Cromartie rips NFLPA, NFL execs

New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) breaks

New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) breaks up a pass for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders during the first half of the AFC Championship. (Jan. 23, 2011) Credit: AP

Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie ripped into Tom Brady in the days leading up to the Jets' win over the Patriots in the AFC divisional playoffs. And now, a day after the Jets were ousted by the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game, the outspoken defender is ripping into officials from the NFL Players Association and the NFL for their inability to forge a new collective bargaining agreement.

"You’ve got our head union rep acting like an ..., and they got their guys acting like them ...," said Cromartie, referring to NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and commissioner Roger Goodell and other negotiators. "They just need to get their ... together and get it done."

If there is no CBA agreement before March 4, the NFL may impose a lockout. Cromartie, who is unsigned heading into the off-season, hopes it doesn't come to that.

"It’s getting to a point where it’s getting ridiculous when everything's about money, and you're dealing with people's livelihoods, because this is what we do for our careers," Cromartie said. "You’re dealing with hundreds of thousands of people that’s in this workplace also, from the venues. If you want to say you’re going to get into a room and meet and greet, you have to do it, not just talk about it."

Cromartie said he prefers to re-sign with the Jets.

"I hope I do," he said. "I love playing for the guys in this locker room. I love playing for this coaching staff. They let you be a man here. It’s definitely exciting. There’s something special here. We’ve been in the AFC Championship Game back to back years. The only thing you can do from there is build on it and get to the next level. You can’t keep everybody, but we'd love to. If you try to keep the core guys, that’s what you need to do."

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