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Top cornerbacks still available in free agency


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By Dom Cosentino/NJ.com 
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The Jets parted ways with Antonio Cromartie just days before before his $5 million roster bonus came due, and they no doubt have a plan in place to replace him. But three days into free agency, some of the biggest names on the market for cornerbacks—Alterraun Verner, Vontae Davis, Aqib Talib, Captain Munnerlyn, some dude named Revis—have already been scooped up by other teams. So what's left?


This was a deep market for corners, so even though many of the items locked behind the glass have all been bought, there are still a number of quality options for sale behind the counter. Some seem to be much better than others, but none are going to force general manager John Idzik to bust his budget.

Let's take a peek, shall we?

10. Cortland Finnegan, Rams
His two seasons in St. Louis have been widely panned as terrible. Stock has fallen dramatically since he was with the Titans.

9. Chris Cook, Vikings
The kind of big, physical corner the Jets like, but has a history of off-field problems.

8. Carlos Rogers, 49ers
His skills have been declining of late, so maybe not the best option for the Jets.

7. Champ Bailey, Broncos
Man, he didn't look so great in the Super Bowl, did he? Bailey's had a wonderful career, but he'll be 36 in June.

6. Brandon Browner, Seahawks
Must serve a four-game suspension to start season and is still slated to visit several teams not named the Jets.

5. Tarell Brown, 49ers
Injuries toward the end of the season cost him a starting job. Pro Football Focus called him a "capable number two."

4. Charles Tillman, Bears
Slowed by age (he just turned 33) and coming off a triceps injury, Tillman doesn't seem to be what the Jets are looking for.

3. Walter Thurmond, Seahawks
Has skills to play press coverage. Would Jets hold last season's four-game suspension for substance abuse against him?

2. Antonio Cromartie, Jets
Cro's still available! He visited the Cardinals on Thursday, but still no deal, so ... maybe?

1. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Broncos
Cro's cousin rebounded in a big way after a disastrous two seasons with the Eagles.


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Also, here is a more comprehensive list:



1. Darrelle Revis (Signed one-year, $12M deal with NE)
2. Brent Grimes (Re-signed four-year, $32M deal with MIA)
3. Aqib Talib (Signed six-year, $57M deal with DEN)
4. Alterraun Verner (Signed four-year, $25.5M deal with TB)
5. Vontae Davis (Re-signed four-year, $39M deal with IND)
6. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
7. Sam Shields (Re-signed four-year, $39M deal with GB)

8. Walter Thurmond III
9. Charles Tillman

10. Antonio Cromartie
11. Tarell Brown
12. Captain Munnerlyn (Signed three-year, $11.25M deal with MIN)

13. DeAngelo Hall (Re-signed four-year, $17M deal with WAS) 

14. Corey Graham (Signed four-year, $16M deal with BUF)
15. Derek Cox (Signed one-year deal with MIN)
16. Chris Cook
17. Terrell Thomas

18. Carlos Rogers

19. Dimitri Patterson
20. Brandon Browner

21. Champ Bailey

22. Asante Samuel

23. Jabari Greer
24. Trumaine McBride (Re-signed two-year, $2.875M deal with NYG)
25. Will Blackmon (Re-signed two-year, $1.875M deal with JAX)

26. Drayton Florence
27. Antoine Cason
28. Rashean Mathis
29. Josh Wilson
30. Tracy Porter (Signed undisclosed deal with WAS)
31. Richard Marshall (Re-signed one-year deal with SD)
32. Nolan Carroll (Signed two-year, $5.2M deal with PHI)
33. Cortland Finnegan
34. E.J. Biggers

35. Brice McCain
36. Quentin Jammer

37. Corey Webster
38. Kelvin Hayden (Re-signed one-year, $840K deal with CHI)

39. Dunta Robinson

40. Mike Jenkins



Even low-end guys like Jammer, Jenkins, Dunta, Florence, Mathis... all could potentially work as stop-gap guys, as we continue to develop Milliner and draft our own crop of CBs.

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