Cromartie Says He Isn’t Jets’ Plan B After Asomugha Opts to Join Eagles

Antonio Cromartie said he doesn’t consider himself to be the New York Jets’ fallback plan after the team missed out on fellow cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

Cromartie re-signed a four-year contract with the Jets yesterday that ESPN said is worth $32 million. It came three days after Asomugha got a five-year, $60 million deal from the Philadelphia Eagles after being pursued by the Jets.

“I didn’t see it as being a ‘Plan B’ or anything like that,” Cromartie told reporters yesterday. “They went out after the best player that was out there and that was Nnamdi. There are no hard feelings. That’s part of the business. You want to get the best guys to try to help the team out to win a Super Bowl and that’s the goal here.”

While Cromartie is back with the Jets, Jason Taylor is leaving to rejoin the Miami Dolphins. Taylor, the National Football League’s active sacks leader, spent 12 of his first 13 seasons with the Dolphins before coming to New York.

Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora may not be returning to the New York Giants, while running back Ahmad Bradshaw is close to finalizing a new contract with the team.

Umenyiora received permission yesterday from the Giants to work out a trade, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The Giants are seeking a first-round draft pick in exchange for Umenyiora, who has totaled 60 sacks over his seven seasons in New York.

Umenyiora is unhappy with the status of his contract, which would pay him $8 million over the next two seasons, said the person, who was granted anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

Moss Retires

“It’s not resolved,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said yesterday when asked about Umenyiora’s situation.

Randy Moss retired from the NFL yesterday after a 13-year career in which he caught 153 touchdown passes, tied for the second-most in league history. Moss’s retirement comes at the start of the NFL’s first full week of training camp.

Moss played for the New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans last season. His agent, Joel Segal, said in an e-mail that the wide receiver decided to retire after weighing offers from a number of teams.

One day after receiver Plaxico Burress signed with the Jets, Cromartie yesterday rejoined fellow cornerback Darrelle Revis in the Jets’ secondary. Cromartie, 27, had three interceptions in 15 games last season.

“We feel really good about getting him back,” Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum said. “That was a really important transaction because it’s the foundation of our defense.”

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