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Patrick Peterson trying to convince Antonio Cromartie to stay in Arizona

But the East Coast seems to be on Cromartie's mind.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Cornerback Antonio Cromartie will be a free agent in a month, as long as he does not agree to a new contract with the Arizona Cardinals before then. Many fans want him to stay and teammate Patrick Peterson does, too.

The two Pro Bowl cornerbacks team up to make a formidable secondary.

But, according to a Josh Weinfuss report for ESPN, convincing Cromartie to stay longer in Arizona might be a tall task.

According to Peterson, who is "definitely trying" to convince Cro to syay, "that's all he talks about is freaking New York."

Cromartie's home is back there. He played for the Jets for several years before being cut last offseason and joining Arizona on a one-year contract. He had a good season, intercepting four passes, staying healthy and earning a trip to the Pro Bowl.

A possible return will be about how much he is valued by the Cardinals, but Cromartie isn't worried about it. "If I'm valued to be here, then I'm valued to be here," he said. "If I'm not, I can go elsewhere. My biggest things is focusing on my family this offseason and going on from there.

"When the time comes about [to] start talking about contracts, that time will come about. Right now, I'm not even worried about it."

But the writing is on the wall. Cro loves New York, both the Bills and the Jets have head coaches he loved playing for and those teams have caps space, something the Cardinals currently do not have.

If Cro will stay a Cardinal, it will take the right price and new defensive coordinator James Bettcher using him in the same way as last season. While Peterson has been doing what he can, it sounds like he isn't terribly optimistic.