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Monday, April 11, 2011
Antonio Cromartie: 'I'm my own union'

By Tim Graham

Last week, Baltimore Ravens receiver Derrick Mason called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell "a joke" for wanting players to be tested for human growth hormones.

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Antonio Cromartie said he was all for it, claiming the players who wouldn't be proponents have something to hide.

A few days after Cromartie's season ended with the New York Jets, he called league and union leaders "ass-----" for posturing over the collective bargaining agreement. When Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck tweeted "Somebody ask Cromartie if he knows what CBA stands for," Cromartie replied to Hasselbeck "I will smash ur face."

No surprise, then, that Cromartie reiterated he's a lone wolf when it comes to the NFL Players Association, the decertified union that's now a trade association.

"I'm my own union," Cromartie told Newark Star-Ledger reporter Jenny Ventras on Monday. "We're a trade association, so I'm my own union. I've got to protect myself. ... I'm not worried about what everybody else feels. My biggest thing is going out there and playing football."

Cromartie is a free agent. The Jets have stated they want to re-sign as many of their players as possible. Cromartie and Darrelle Revis were one of the NFL's best cornerback tandems last year.

In case Cromartie is a restricted free agent under the next CBA, the Jets retained his rights a qualifying offer that would cost another club first- and third-round draft choices to sign him away.

"For me, I really don't care," Cromartie said. "It is what it is. It's insurance for them, and who knows what's going to happen in the next couple months. I could be an [unrestricted] free agent, or a restricted free agent and have the tender on me."