Antonio Cromartie had to know he was just a rental.

Signed by the Indianapolis Colts on Aug. 22 following an ankle injury to Vontae Davis, Cromartie was released Tuesday. The Colts also announced the release of linebacker Sio Moore.

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Cromartie, a four-time Pro Bowler, initially signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Colts. He had 14 tackles

and two passes defensed in four games including four tackles against the Jaguars on Sunday in London, where he took a knee in protest during the "Star-Spangled Banner" for the second straight game. 

That 30-27 loss to the Jaguars marked Davis' second game back from injury, and the Colts apparently saw enough to let Cromartie go.

The 11-year veteran did not appear to show any animosity, thanking Colts fans in an Instagram post for their support during his "great few weeks" with the team.


Breaking News. I was just released by @colts. A great few weeks here. I know God has a better plan than mine. Thank you for father for your blessings. Thank you colts fan for the support. #teamcromartie

A photo posted by Antonio Cromartie (@antoniocromartie31) on Oct 4, 2016 at 12:04pm PDT

Moore was a third-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in the 2013 NFL Draft and traded to the Colts in 2015. He had 31 tackles, 23 solo, in four starts this season.