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Report: Jets plan to let Antonio Cromartie walk

Antonio Cromartie

New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) walks on the field during NFL football practice, Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 in Florham Park, N.J. The Jets will face the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship on Sunday in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)


Appearing on NFL Network’s Total Access program Wednesday night, Mike Lombardi cited multiple sources to report that the Jets are likely to let free agent cornerback Antonio Cromartie walk this offseason.

According to Lombardi, the Jets are more focused on re-signing wide receivers Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards, whose contracts both have expired.

Cromartie likely also didn’t endear himself to Jets management by physically threatening Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck on Twitter after calling Patriots quarterback Tom Brady the NFL, and the NFL Players Association “assh-les” at various points this winter.

One thought that sprung to mind when we heard this report was that the Jets could also be gearing up for a run at free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

According to SI’s Peter King, Asomugha “wants to play elsewhere” in 2011. Asomugha has previously stated -- though seemingly jokingly -- that he wanted to team up with Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. Raiders owner Al Davis subsequently approached Asomugha about the subject.

UPDATE: Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News is disputing Lombardi’s story.