Antonio Cromartie is back in kelly green.
The cornerback has agreed to terms, according to a league source. The deal is worth a reported $32 million, and secures a major need the Jets have: a veteran cornerback to play opposite Darrelle Revis.
Cromartie, who was hot and cold at times with the Jets last season, is a consolation prize of sorts, really only signed because the Jets were jilted by Nnamdi Asomugha bolting to the Eagles. Asomugha, the most sought after free agent on the market, inked a five-year, $60 million with $25 million guaranteed.
That wasn’t much more in $23.5 million in guaranteed money the Texans gave Johnathan Joseph -- who was considered to be the second-best cornerback on the market, ahead on the depth chart so to speak ahead of Cromartie -- in the five-year, $48.75 million deal he signed.
Cromartie is obviously happy with his deal, tweeting: "They say Cro is back, Cro is back all #GangGreen fans say is Cro...lol I'm on my FLT headed home glad 2 b a JET...let's go win a Superbowl."
Cromartie added that he was on a plane from the West Coast to the metropolitan area. He could be signed sealed and delivered in time for Monday's first true practice, which begins at 2:15 p.m at their Florham Park, N.J. training complex.
Cromartie's pact completed a splashy 24 hours for the Jets, who swooped in and inked wideout Plaxico Burress to a one-year deal.