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Released Antonio Cromartie says he and Jets never talked

Antonio Cromartie (31) looks on during pregame of

Antonio Cromartie (31) looks on during pregame of the Jets' game against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. Credit: Lee S. Weissman

Apparently, Antonio Cromartie never made it to the negotiating table.

The cornerback said on ESPN Radio on Monday that the Jets didn't seem interested in finding a way to keep him. "I just thought me and my agent would get an opportunity to come in and either talk about an extension to get the cap number down or try to restructure," said Cromartie, who was released Sunday. "But right now, we didn't hear anything from them."

He carried a team-high $14.98-million cap number for 2014 and was due to earn a $5-million bonus soon. By cutting him, the Jets saved $9.5 million in cap space.

Cromartie, however, said "the door is still open" on a return to the Jets. Regardless of where he plays, he guarantees that his nagging hip no longer is an issue. "You're going to see the Antonio Cromartie of old," said the 29-year-old, adding that he's healthy enough to play eight more years.


Verner: Rex, Jets great fit

The feelings appear to be mutual between the Jets and Alterraun Verner.

The Titans' soon-to-be free agent said on Sirius Radio on Monday that Rex Ryan & Co. would be a great fit for him. He also said the Patriots are "definitely a possibility" and that the Broncos are "a good situation" for him.

Whoever plans on signing Verner will have to make him feel special. "I would feel more obliged to go to a team that paid me 6 or 7 million and made me one of the highest-paid players on the team," he said, "than go to a team that paid me 8 or 9 million and I wasn't one of the highest-paid players on the team."


Jets tender Bellore

The Jets tendered restricted free-agent linebacker Nick Bellore, but it reportedly was at the lowest level ($1.4 million). Bellore, a key player on special teams, still can negotiate and sign an offer sheet from another team, but the Jets maintain the right of first refusal.

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