Antonio Cromartie Set To Reunite With Rex Ryan

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Feb 29, 2016 09:44 AM EST
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Former New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie walks on to the field. "

The Buffalo Bills have had a solid amount of former New York Jets heading their way since they hired former Jets head coach Rex Ryan. Ryan almost makes it a point to sign former Jets either because of his familiarity to the players or because he is seeking some form of revenge against his former team. This was clearly the case with the linebacker who broke Geno Smith's jaw, IK Enemkpali. The linebacker was released from the Jets after the incident with Smith that saw the quarterback miss a large portion of the first half of the season, according to NFL.com. Ryan would name Enemkpali a captain during their regular season games against the Jets, which seemed directly related to Ryan's disdain for his former team. Soon Ryan may have another former Jets player crossing over to his new team.

Antonio Cromartie is apparently interested in joining the Bills, and Ryan could use the aging cornerback as a backup for Ronald Darby and Stephon Gilmore. The Bills already have two very solid cornerbacks, so adding Cromartie would be merely a depth issue but could also be looked at as an attempt to mess with Ryan's former team, according to NFL.com. Cromartie was hardly effective during the 2015 season as he became the Jets' worst cornerback by far. Cromartie did not record a single interception and only managed to record 29 combined tackles. He also had 12 pass defenses, but he was the weakest link in the Jets' secondary. The Jets obviously did not want to pay Cromartie's ridiculous $8 million cap hit, especially considering his level of play this season, according to ESPN. Cromartie is 31 and is at the tail end of his career as he is clearly beginning to decline in production. The Bills could also look to draft a cornerback in the middle to late rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft.

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