Dennis Thurman, then the secondary coach and now the defensive coordinator, urged Cromartie to speak with Pettine privately.
“If I talk to him, I’ll punch him in the face,” Cromartie said, according to the book.
Former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis added levity to the situation when he raised his hand and declared that he wanted to play receiver.
The author, who was given a security code, a desk in the scouting department, and a locker as part of his all-access agreement with the team, wrote that Pettine and Cromartie eventually met and talked things over.
Pettine departed the Jets after last season and made a lateral move to take the defensive coordinator job in Buffalo.