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One of the NFL’s top remaining free agents is heading to Arizona.

Antonio Cromartie, the veteran cornerback who became a free agent when the Jets released him in a cost-saving move, is signing with the Cardinals. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that it’s a one-year deal.

Cromartie looks like he could be a great fit in Arizona: With Patrick Peterson as the No. 1 cornerback, opposing quarterbacks will have no choice but to throw in Cromartie’s direction. And with Cromartie’s ball skills, he’ll likely end up with a lot of interceptions. And Cromartie is, from all accounts, a player who has straightened his life out off the field and become a good veteran team leader. That should make him a good influence for young Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu.

Last year the Cardinals had an excellent defense on a team that fell just short of making the playoffs. This is the kind of move that could push the Cardinals over the edge, and make them a threat to the Seahawks and 49ers in the NFC West.

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  1. mexxx27 says: Mar 20, 2014 12:54 PM

    Now the 3rd best D in the NFC West.

  2. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 20, 2014 12:56 PM

    I wouldn’t want to be near Rex when he hears this news.

  3. deanvernonwormer says: Mar 20, 2014 12:57 PM

    Say what you want about Cromartie the guy played well most of the time on defense, ran back kicks, and also lined up on offense. He also rarely missed a play. I know its not saying much but Antonio Cromartie was one of the best Jets EVER.

  4. cnola23 says: Mar 20, 2014 12:57 PM

    Didn’t the cardinals destroy the Seahawks in Seattle? Guess we know who the new best NFL west team is now

  5. kd75 says: Mar 20, 2014 12:58 PM

    And now the Jets CB situation resembles the Panthers WR situation.

    I hope they play each other next season…

  6. jr325 says: Mar 20, 2014 12:58 PM

    He was great when he had Revis on the other side of the field and didnt have the pressure of being the No. 1 Cornerback. He’s going to have a great season….. Idzik better have a great master plan otherwise Jets fans will run him out of town

  7. keatonhenry says: Mar 20, 2014 12:59 PM

    Well now they have a better secondary than San Francisco, but they definitely need to work on the front seven if they want to become the 2nd best defense in the NFC West.

  8. hosmachine says: Mar 20, 2014 1:00 PM

    Its win win, the Cards get Db help and all you redneck Cards fans can dig out the Rodgers-Cromartie jerseys they saved in hopes of his return put some duct tape over the Rodgers and wear it with pride. Congrats 3rd best team in the west.

  9. janvanflac says: Mar 20, 2014 1:01 PM

    Cards D is scary….Offense is still kind of meh though.

  10. SHMO says: Mar 20, 2014 1:02 PM

    What an exciting time in NFC West history. The Arizona Cardinals are just one pass rusher away (pending a lenient judicial sentencing for Daryl Washington) from being the top defensive dogs in the NFC. With Ted Ginn Jr. handling kick return responsibilities, Patrick Peterson can focus on his ball-hawking prowess.

    Cards look great, Rams have major upside, hawks well yeah they’re defending champs… but the 49ers … watch this team implode Harbaugh-style this year.

    I can say that I live in SF. GO BIRDS!

  11. noleitup says: Mar 20, 2014 1:03 PM

    Rex ryan is breaking stuff all over his office right now.

  12. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Mar 20, 2014 1:03 PM

    Poor Rex Ryan…

  13. explosionsauce says: Mar 20, 2014 1:04 PM

    Isn’t Mathieu a safety now?

  14. RexCanCoach says: Mar 20, 2014 1:05 PM

    Cro one of the best Jets ever? If Don Maynard was dead he would turn over in his grave….

  15. styx630 says: Mar 20, 2014 1:06 PM

    Idzik has really dropped the ball this offseason. I’ve never seen a team in such a good position going into free agency end up with so little. I have no clue what the man is thinking.

    Good luck in Arizona, Cro.

  16. jetsclaps says: Mar 20, 2014 1:10 PM

    Got beat deep at least once a game last year. Will only be good of his hip is healed.

  17. frankiesweep says: Mar 20, 2014 1:10 PM

    Population of AZ just rose by 12.

  18. confusedjetsfan says: Mar 20, 2014 1:11 PM

    While Rex is breaking things all over his office I hope he misses and breaks something over Idzik’s head. Idzik is creating a team reminiscent of the Kotite years based on the moves he’s not making!! Please check if he has a pulse because he clearly doesn’t have a clue.

  19. jetsarestacked says: Mar 20, 2014 1:13 PM

    love Cro to death but he was god awful last year. the jets must be really high on darrin walls.

  20. dlk47823 says: Mar 20, 2014 1:17 PM

    I know for a fact that Jet Doctor’s believe Cro will never recover from the hip injury last year. Had nothing to do with money, guy just can’t run anymore and Rex knows it.

  21. 100uv says: Mar 20, 2014 1:19 PM

    Couldn’t fired Rex when he got the job
    Owner and players approval stop him from firing again
    So let me destroy the team from within by not giving him the essentials pieces for a defensive head coach that Rex is, that by mid season, fired him, then built the team that I want with my HEAD COACH.
    Sincerely, John Idzik.

  22. beardinals says: Mar 20, 2014 1:19 PM

    Mathieu is a safety that moves to nickel. Saves them from having to swap out a player when needed.

  23. goldrush36 says: Mar 20, 2014 1:21 PM

    Best defensive division in football and it’s not even close. Oh and just to watch the puppets dance……. Seattle will finish 3rd in the NFCW

  24. surfinbird1 says: Mar 20, 2014 1:24 PM

    Idzik still working on a deal for Cro. He will then contact him on his rotary phone.

  25. wrdtoyrmama says: Mar 20, 2014 1:28 PM

    Hmmm, bum to excellent cover man in one pen stroke….

    Good signing by the Cards.
    What this tells me is that the Jets are going to be looking hard at MSU’s Dennard in the draft.

    If they take him, that’ll be 3 #1’s at CB in 5 years for the Jets. How is Rex’s head going to explode there?

    Time to coach ’em up.

  26. toybkshr says: Mar 20, 2014 1:28 PM

    Rex still has no capable coverage corner!

  27. pirate472 says: Mar 20, 2014 1:29 PM

    Cro = Overated

  28. mrwalterisgod says: Mar 20, 2014 1:29 PM

    Then the reality that Carson Palmer is the QB sets in. 3rd place finish.

  29. truths4all says: Mar 20, 2014 1:32 PM

    Last season over the last 5 games, the Cards offense was starting to gell. Over these same last 5 games, the defense was Hell to play against (just as the Seahawks).

    With the loss of Dansby, the additions of a budding left tackle elite, Cromartie, and other important and talented role players, the Cards have moved forward and seems like they can compete with the 49ers and Seahawks. Remember, Palmer ended up passing for over 4,000 yards again and looks to improve on that this year now that his primary receivers are on the same page as he is.

    The NFC West is now unquestionably the TOUGHEST division in the NFL. The question is whether the NFL has the balls to promote this division instead of appeasing its owners of that core of inept teams that are all centered in the Northeastern economically dying sector of the USA.

  30. myfriendbobsacamano says: Mar 20, 2014 1:33 PM

    Sanchez $ well spent !

  31. dynaco says: Mar 20, 2014 1:35 PM

    Buyer beware: With Peters on the other side look for a bunch of extended drives due to Cro’s holding/contact penalties. Book it!

  32. hawkfan50 says: Mar 20, 2014 1:38 PM

    .. “destroyed the Sehawks in Seattle” ?! Cards won by a touchdown late in the game against a backup corner , hardly call that “destroyed” . Kudos to a solid Cardinal team with a strong D , they will contend for a shot at the playoffs this year but they need the help on offense , not defense . They already had 2 good corners .

  33. nyfootballgiants says: Mar 20, 2014 1:39 PM

    I’m a Giants fan. One of the things that scares me about free agency is that it isn’t fantasy football. How many teams have “won” in March and done nothing during the regular season. (So where I am happy about the Giants signings, I am still cautious to see how everyone blends together).

    That being said, maybe Idzik has a plan, and knowing the Jets are a couple of years away – didn’t want to overpay for the cousins Cromartie

  34. dwhcic says: Mar 20, 2014 1:48 PM

    Cromartie #1 corner, Peterson #2 IMO if Cro is healthy.

  35. golicsloveschildfromphilly says: Mar 20, 2014 1:50 PM

    Great signing, but will Carson Palmer revert back to the turnover machine he really is…and make this move a moot point?

  36. dfwhawkguy says: Mar 20, 2014 1:51 PM

    Not s bad replacement for Peterson when he decides to sign with a team that has a chance of winning.

  37. iloveagoodnap says: Mar 20, 2014 1:51 PM

    What a ridiculously good division.

    Rams would be a playoff team if they were the NFC Eas or North; or the AFC East or South.

  38. bwisnasky says: Mar 20, 2014 2:00 PM

    Is there a baby mama clause in the contract?

  39. sandy102270 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:00 PM

    This guy hates tackling and runs away from contact so much that he may end up being the lead blocker for Lynch and Gore when they play the Cards.

  40. floriosbigtoe says: Mar 20, 2014 2:09 PM

    The only way Cromartie would be a good influence on Mathieu is if he’s trying to multiply as quickly as possible.

  41. sandersmarcus10 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:11 PM

    cnola23 says:
    Mar 20, 2014 12:57 PM
    Didn’t the cardinals destroy the Seahawks in Seattle? Guess we know who the new best NFL west team is now

    ^^^Are you serious, one win and they destroyed them 17-10, umm didnt the beat the cards 34-22 in AZ stop it!

  42. jmc8888 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:15 PM

    It’s funny to see people bagging on Carson, like they have even looked at his career stats once in their life. Nor realize the dysfunction he was around in Cinci and Oakland.

    But I guess such quips are natural from fans who know their team just got passed up.

    Great pickup. Replaces Javier Arenas/Antoine Cason. Definite upgrade, and they were pretty decent.

    PP/Cro/Honey Badger/Powers , that’s a good CB group there.

    Cro went to a specialist in January who found NO PROBLEM with his hip. But with only a 1 year deal, if something goes wrong with it, Cardinals won’t be on the hook long term.

    Another great move and great contract by Keim. Keim is running circles around the league for 2nd year in a row. Adding talent for reasonable cost with little cap hit if cut.

    He’s showing why you don’t need Oakland Raiders type cap space to sign guys. Nor is it wise to dish out contract after contract to injury prone mediocre at best players who also happen to be over 30.

    Of course now that Keim has hauled in his biggest targets he can afford to sit back and let the market settle and get some bargain basement guys over the next few months. (even more of a bargain then Cro was)

    People forget Winston and Dansby signed right before training camp and I think similarly there will be deals to be made at several positions this year. Maybe not quite the same quality, but some nice quality nonetheless will be out there come summertime.

  43. abninf says: Mar 20, 2014 2:19 PM

    The hospitals in Phoenix need to be ready for a wave of pregnant girls.

  44. dontbugmeonsundays says: Mar 20, 2014 2:21 PM

    The Arizona governor is flabbergasted.

  45. realdealsteel says: Mar 20, 2014 2:25 PM

    Sorry but the Cardinals defense is right behind the Seahawks now. 49ers have taken hits in the secondary and the line-backing is shaky now too.

    Cardinals are quietly upgrading their team and they are not afraid of the Seahawks at all. Remember, the beat the Seahawks in Seattle.

  46. theclink12 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:26 PM

    “The population in AZ just grew by 12”


    I gotta admit that is seriously funny!

  47. cursedvikings1998 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:32 PM

    The Jets are going to completely implode this season. 0-16.

  48. liquidchaoss says: Mar 20, 2014 2:37 PM

    Great pickup by the Cardinals. And to the people downing Palmer, just remember what he did with that oline, next season they will have cooper and a franchise or pretty close to a franchise LT that you can get with Veldheer. If you followed the Cards at all the last few seasons you would know how big of an upgrade the oline got with that signing. Anyway back to Cromartie, huge pickup but if it goes south its only a one year deal.

  49. clssylssy says: Mar 20, 2014 2:46 PM

    The fact that the Cardinals handed Russell Wilson the worst defeat of his professional career says it all…and the Cards were just getting started. NFC West is the best conference in the league and these teams seem to build off of the challenge of playing each other twice a year. Would never underestimate the 9ers, Hawks or Rams but love what the Cards are doing. Their roster is beginning to be one of the best in the NFL…and it was done while nobody was looking!

  50. britishraven says: Mar 20, 2014 2:47 PM

    The Cards are absolutely all in this season. Their cap situation in 2015 is absolutely horrendous, it makes Dallas look sensible.

  51. hopper15 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:16 PM

    Losing Dansby is going to hurt that front seven big time.

  52. Big Ant TV says: Mar 20, 2014 3:17 PM

    Idzik is trying too build another seahawk type defense with late round diamonds in the rough thats why he hasn’t done alot in free agency ala sherman,browner,thurmond and etc
    geno smith is no russell wilson at all lol
    coming form longtime browns fan

  53. allidoiswin55 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:26 PM

    Clssylssy worst loss off Russell Wilson’s career ? A one td win over Seattle is the most they’ve lost by in two years so while technically it sounds awesome to say . YOU WON BY 7 PTs which if anything should show Seattle is No fluke . Congrats on making that late game bomb catch where the defender stole the ball which was a great play .

    But by no means was that game horrendous or overly impressive by your team . Seattle had clinched a playoff spot and recently had beaten the cards by 55 and 14 on the road . I think it’s obvious the hawks came out and payed an egg . Cards helped but it’s pretty obvious it was more Ye Seahawks offense freaking out with their offensive line struggles against that potent blitz ..

  54. jakeplummersghost says: Mar 20, 2014 3:44 PM

    Cards didn’t “destroy” Seahawks in Seattle, but it was a convincing win. Good game.

    It’s not AZ or Palmer of Floyd’s fault you guys decided to line up Byron Maxwell on Michael Floyd. Your D coordinator does something dumb, Arians will make you pay. Also, Maxwell could start on several teams, and you know that – SEA has/had amazing depth and talent in the secondary, that’s no excuse for getting beat by Palmer and Floyd who are no slouches in their own right. Maxwell is also currently the second-best CB on your roster behind Sherman.

  55. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Mar 20, 2014 3:56 PM

    He’s very much on the decline. He needs to be paired with a strong corner to play with. He’ll do better at Cardinals.. What are the contract details?

  56. dlk47823 says: Mar 20, 2014 4:06 PM

    You guys don’t realize that there are more big names that will be released in April, May and June after the draft. Idzik knows this and he’ll be the only one left with money to spend. Just watch. He won’t overpay like the Miami’s of last year. Didn’t the Jets beat them and knock them out of the playoffs in Miami? More to come….

  57. patrickpetersonstalent says: Mar 20, 2014 4:22 PM

    Keim’s been a beast this offseason. Getting Veldheer means we can focus on BPA in the draft, which is where Keim really makes his money. We can now focus on a pass rusher, safety, TE or CB in the draft and take the freakiest athlete available. And for those bagging Palmer, keep in mind we get Cooper back next year (basically like having another 1st round pick) and Veldheer – did I mention he still threw for 4,000 yards? Keep thinking we’re the same ole Cards and we’ll keep upgrading our team. Watch out next year.

  58. fanme57 says: Mar 20, 2014 5:25 PM

    Good signing for Arizona

  59. goldbloodedindfw says: Mar 20, 2014 6:42 PM

    “49ers have taken hits in the secondary and the line-backing is shaky now too” You’re right, they have taken hits in secondary but their linebackers are bowman, willis, brooks, and smith. Not sure how you conclude their linebacking is “shaky.”

  60. southpaw79 says: Mar 20, 2014 7:05 PM

    Cardinals, Seahawks, and Niners are all built to win now. The only difference I see is that the Seahawks and Niners can sustain that power for another 5+ years while the Cards need to find replacements for Palmer and Fitz in the next year or so.

  61. tjohn25 says: Mar 20, 2014 8:05 PM

    “but their linebackers are bowman, willis, brooks, and smith.” Unless he’s stocked up on deer antler spray, I don’t think Bowman’s gonna be the same until 2015.
    Prediction: Niners will be this year’s Falcons and Cardinals will be this year’s Panthers.

  62. fiddytucker says: Mar 20, 2014 9:48 PM

    Cro was hurt last year. Name another year where he performed poorly. It’s a 1 year deal he chose over a 3 year home discount deal. Your team sucks says your crystal ball. Yeah, we know… Only 1 champ last year. Cards D is formidable for sure. NFC west last year had more wins than any Division. In the end, love my team, but they are the millionaires and we pay for it and argue like dumb asses

  63. beardinals says: Mar 21, 2014 12:14 AM

    southpaw79 says:
    Cardinals, Seahawks, and Niners are all built to win now. The only difference I see is that the Seahawks and Niners can sustain that power for another 5+ years while the Cards need to find replacements for Palmer and Fitz in the next year or so.
    Just wait until SF and SEA need to start paying their QBs and a few other players next year. Level playing field at that point.

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