Cornerback Antonio Cromartie, rumored to be a possible salary-cap casualty, said Monday he wants to finish his career with the New York Jets. Despite a prohibitive, $15 million cap charge in 2014, he's still hopeful he will return.

"Always," Cromartie said on the NFL Network's NFL AM show. "Like I said from the beginning, I expect to retire as a Jet. If anything that comes about with [being released], it’s going to be a situation of me trying to understand what there is to do, talk with my family, understand what we have to do if that situation ever came about. But I always considered myself a Jet and going to retire a Jet. Until I’m told otherwise, that’s my feeling."

On Sunday, ESPNNewYork.com reported that Cromartie told teammates he expects to be released in a cap-related move, but hopes to re-sign. The issue is his contract, which has one year remaining. By restructuring last offseason, he pushed money into 2014, inflating his cap charge. His deal also includes a $5 million roster bonus -- a significant chunk of money, considering his age (almost 30) and hip injury, which may require surgery.

Unless Cromartie is willing to waive the bonus or take a significant reduction in 2014 compensation ($9.5 million), he likely will be released. The Jets would save $9.5 million in cap space and could re-sign him to a more cap-friendly deal after he tests his value in the open market. If this scenario sounds familiar, it's because they did it last year with linebacker Calvin Pace.