The Arizona Cardinals have lost another free agent. After one year of solid play, cornerback Antonio Cromartie is leaving Arizona to return to the team that cut him a year ago -- the New York Jets. He has reportedly agreed to terms on a contract with the Jets.
Cromartie signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals last offseason after getting released by New York. He played for $3.5 million, much less than he originally was set to make.
He intercepted three passes in the regular season and one in the playoffs. He was a Pro Bowler this year, as well.
He rejoins the Jets, teaming up with Darrelle Revis, who was his teammate in New York. He also joins Jets head coach Todd Bowles, who was Arizona's defensive coordinator in 2014.
The Cardinals wanted to bring him back at the right price, but there were few who believed he would be back for another season. He never wanted to leave the Jets and, as teammate Patrick Peterson said all Cromartie did was talk about New York.
The loss of Cromartie leaves the Cardinals with Jerraud Powers and Justin Bethel to compete for the starting job. Powers played well in the slot, but Tyrann Mathieu played the position in 2013. It appears there will be competition for both spots.