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Antonio Cromartie says goodbye to the Jets

Antonio Cromartie

New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) reacts after breaking up a pass to Pittsburgh Steelers’ Antonio Brown (84) in the end zone during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


The Jets have told Antonio Cromartie he is being released.

Cromartie, who was viewed as a potential cap casualty, confirmed as much when he wrote a farewell message to the team and its fans on Twitter on Sunday afternoon.

“I would like 2 thank the Jets organization so much with helpin me grow as leader and a player. S/O 2 my teammates I wish u guys the best,” Cromartie wrote. “I would also like to give a big up to The Jets Fan base. Thank you for all the support thru my 4 yr career with you. Thank you again. It’s time for a new chapter in my life and now it’s time to let my lord and savior lead my steps every step of the way.”

The departure of Cromartie means the Jets will be big players in the free agent cornerback market. The Jets are believed to be very interested in signing Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner when free agency officially begins on Tuesday.