Arizona Cardinals Boost Their Stock With Signing of Antonio Cromartie

By Andrew Fisher
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
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The Arizona Cardinals were a very solid defensive club in 2013. They ranked sixth overall in total defense, giving up an average of just 317.4 yards per game. Their pass defense, specifically, was good, not great. The Cardinals gave up 233 yards per game through the air, which put them right in the middle of the league (14th).

But now Arizona has gone out and made a serious acquisition to help bolster its secondary. After making a visit to the desert last week, Antonio Cromartie has officially signed on with the team. The deal is for one year (financial terms are currently unavailable).

If you’re a Jets fan, you’re probably heartbroken by this news. Cromartie made it pretty clear that he wanted to stay in New York, but it’s now obvious that the Jets didn’t really want him back. At least, not for even close to the amount of money he was making.

If you’re a Cardinals fan, you should be very excited by this signing. Cromartie will now join Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu in the Arizona secondary, which should really put fear in opposing quarterbacks.

For Cromartie, this will mark the third team of his career. He previously spent four years in San Diego and New York, but obviously he’s feeling things out (as are the Cardinals) with this one-year deal. If things go well, you certainly can’t rule him out signing on long-term.

Will Cromartie in the secondary help put the Cardinals in the playoffs in 2014? It’s very possible, because they were right on the cusp in 2013 without him.


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