For the third straight offseason, veteran cornerback Antonio Cromartie is a free agent. In a salary cap saving move, the New York Jets cut him one year after signing him to a four-year contract worth $32 million. He signed that deal after making the Pro Bowl as a member of the Arizona Cardinals in 2014, who signed him to a one-year contract when the Jets cut him the first time.
As a member of the Cardinals, he started all 16 games, intercepted three passes and defended 12 passes. There were stretches where he was the best cornerback on the team, as Patrick Peterson was struggling with diabetes. However, his play declined down the stretch.
Arizona is expected to go add a cornerback this offseason with Jerraud Powers entering free agency, whether it is in free agency or in the draft. Head coach Bruce Arians has said he wants to get younger in certain positions and he wants length and speed in the secondary. Cro would add length and speed, but would not add youth. He is 31 years old.
Naturally, with Cromartie having played for the Cardinals and the team seemingly looking for another corner, it would be a good match, right?
Local reporter Kent Somers tweeted he was told by a source within the organization the team is not interested in bringing back Cromartie.
Cromartie viably could return to the Jets on a smaller deal. He loves New York. Some Cardinals teammates joked that is all he talked about when he was here -- how great New York is.
So if the Cardinals are going the free agent route to add a cornerback, it isn't going to be that familiar face.