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CB Antonio Cromartie, Cardinals agree to 1-year deal

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Antonio Cromartie is reportedly headed to Arizona. (USATSI)
Antonio Cromartie is headed to Arizona. (USATSI)

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With Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu already making up a solid Cardinals secondary, Arizona appears to have gotten even stronger in the back end of its defense.

That's because the Cardinals have agreed to a one-year deal with former Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, the team announced Thursday.

Cromartie is coming off a tough season as the No. 1 cornerback with the Jets last season, but he played well in 2012, and apparently, Arizona believes it'll have good use for the 29-year-old who ranks No. 22 on the CBSSports.com free agent list.

There were reports earlier this week that Cromartie wanted to return to New York, but the Jets -- who have failed to land a top-notch cornerback in free agency this season and, at this point, will go into the season with the struggling Dee Milliner as their No. 1 defensive back -- weren't all that interested.

Add that to the Jets refusal or failure to sign a cornerback like Darrelle Revis or Aqib Talib or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie or Vontae Davis -- all of which probably doesn't make Rex Ryan all that happy -- and you have to wonder if (or assume that) the Jets will land a cornerback in the early round of the draft.

Cromartie has had problems with his hip, though he didn't need offseason surgery, but the move seems like a solid signing for the Cardinals. They went 10-6 last year with a pass defense ranked 14th (and a run defense ranked No. 1), and assuming Cromartie is healthy, a move like this could help put Arizona in position to make the playoffs.

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