Cromartie, 30, spent last season with the Arizona Cardinals. If signed, he would be reunited with new Jets head coach Todd Bowles, who was the Cardinals' defensive coordinator last season. Cromartie spent four seasons with New York before he was released at the end of the 2013 season.
The Jets spent the first day of free agency stocking up at cornerback, signing Buster Skrine away from the Cleveland Browns on a four-year, $25 million deal, then adding All-Pro Darrelle Revis, who signed a five-year, $70 million deal after the New England Patriots declined his $20 million option. Revis spent the first six seasons of his NFL career with the Jets.
Cromartie had 48 total tackles and three interceptions last season. On Tuesday, he said he wasn't sure whether the Jets could afford to pay more than two cornerbacks.
"At the end of the day, you can't pay two corners," Cromartie said on ESPN's First Take. "You got one guy [Revis] that's probably looking for $16 million, another one is looking a bit higher than everyone is expecting him to get. How can you pay two guys at that level?"
- Scooby Axson