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New York Jets corner back Antonio Cromartie talks

New York Jets corner back Antonio Cromartie talks to the media as his team prepares for their playoff game against the New England Patriots. (Jan. 12, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday / Joe Epstein

If Antonio Cromartie has a favorite television show on Friday's, he missed it last week. The cornerback didn't watch TV that day and found out from his wife that cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha chose the Eagles over the Jets.

That paved the way for Cromartie to return to the Jets on a four-year contract. Cromartie expressed several times during a press conference this afternoon that he had no hard feelings towards the Jets, although he does have a chip on his shoulder.

"At the end of the day, I still feel as though I'm a No. 1 corner," he said. "I feel like we have two No. 1 corners on this team.  Do I feel like Nnamdi’s better than me? No. Do I feel any other corner is better than me? No. But that’s the confidence I have in myself but at the end of the day I have a chip on my shoulder just to prove to everyone the ability that I have and the faith that this organization has put into me to give me a four-year deal."

Cromartie said he didn't come close to signing with any other team and understands it's a business and the Jets were trying to get the best players.

"Every organziation wants to try and sign the best player at that point in time," he said. "That's what New York went out to try and do. There was a lot of communication. Both sides are happy to be where we’re at now."

Cromartie had 42 tackles and three interceptions in 15 games last season for the Jets after coming over from the Chargers. Having good cornerbacks are key to the Rex Ryan defense and the head coach was pleased to have Cromartie back.

"Cromartie is a tremendous player," Ryan said. "It’s not like he’s not a Pro Bowl player himself. He probably has more talent than anyone playing the position and that includes Revis. Imagine him getting better and improving."

That's what Cromartie hopes for considering Revis missed training camp last season and three games due to injury.

"We can be the best in league," Cromartie said of the duo. "We can get even better than we were."


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