Houston(CBSNewYork/AP) From glaring weak spot to sudden potential, The New York Jets overhauled secondary has high hopes.
In a relaxed position under the salary cap, New gm Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles went to work last week and addressed their defensive backs in a big way. They cut back cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, Brought in former Browns cornerback Buster Skrine, And added former Chargers safety Marcus Gilchrist during the initial few days of the NFL free agency period .
All have to get together, Play in a relationship, And see where it likely participating go, Skrine said during a business call Wednesday. I think we have the prospect of being great. Aircraft, Who from a technical perspective announced the signings of Cromartie and Gilchrist on Wednesday, Certainly appear in more pleasant shape in the secondary than a week ago.
Bound to be a bright spot on the team, Skrine expressed.
New York paid so that it is, Putting in $127 million on the three new cornerbacks. Revis closed a five year contract worth $70 million, With $39 million fully sure; Cromartie got a four year deal worth $32 million in base salary with a maximum valuation of $35 million; And Skrine experienced a four year , $25 million contract.
Think it bound to be a bright spot for this team, Skrine told.
That far from last season, When then coach Rex Ryan had to wonder nearly every week who he supply in his secondary. Dee Milliner, The c's No. 1 scribble pick in 2013, And furthermore Dexter McDougle, A third rounder yr after , Were lost early to season ending accidental accidents. Veteran Dimitri Patterson premiered after being suspended for missing a preseason game without the team permission.
That had Ryan and former defensive administrator Dennis Thurman trying to plug holes. They changed safety Antonio Allen to cornerback and started journeyman Phillip Adams, Career backup Darrin Walls and undrafted free agent Marcus Williams during the growing season.
At present, Bowles can envision a secondary that features Revis and Cromartie, Also to Skrine in the slot, Partnering with second year safety Calvin Pryor and Gilchrist, Who ok'd for four years, $22 million.
Just a point where you just start adding into the mix guys who can makes plays on your golf ball, You just look at the opportunity of how things can be, Cromartie understood. The same time frame, We all have to jell together and figure out how to play off each other. Spent last season under Bowles in Arizona after california chose to not re sign him, Partly because of some doubts about his health after he dealt with a nagging hip ailment. He showed his hip was fine last season behind me and was picked for the Pro Bowl.
Think the principle thing was to prove to everybody that when I healthy, I can play at a very advanced, Cromartie wanted to say.
Cromartie, Who moves 31 in April, Had three interceptions that will Cardinals. He said he considered as re signing with Arizona, And evaluated going to Dallas before deciding to return to the Jets. His wife and family commuted to Arizona from their nj home every Sunday to watch him play.
Ended up working out to find, Cromartie considered that. I said earlier through the offseason, If it presented itself and all the pieces was right, You will an easy choice for me, And I felt are pleased was. It also was an easy decision for my loved ones, Just from looking at kids in school and not active a lot. We speak with as being home. If we have a chance, It can be a place we like to retire. Who spent his first four conditions with Cleveland, Was the first of the free agents to sign to the Jets before Revis and Cromartie. He said he was drawn to Bowles penchant for using man coverage over zones, And thought his usefulness he can play cornerback, Dime and dime, And even safety made him the perfect fit.
Even with arsenic intoxication Revis and Cromartie, Skrine likely will get lots of regular playing time.
When initially when i first signed, I had heard rumors that Revis might give back, Skrine stated that. Was hoping that he came back just so I could be around somebody with experience and left his mark on the game and still making an amazing impact on the game today.
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