|Cardinals Sign Jets DB|
by Associated Press of Scout.com, March 21, 2014 at 8:26 pm ET
Antonio Cromartie Profile
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A month from his 30th birthday, Antonio Cromartie is coming to the desert to face the challenges of the NFC West.
The three-time Pro Bowl cornerback signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals on Thursday, saying he was lured by the team's aggressive pursuit of him and the fact that the team is developing into a contender.
"I was looking for a team that was contending," Cromartie said at a late afternoon news conference, "and I found it. Like I said, they are moving in the right direction."
Despite Cromartie's pedigree, there was no avalanche of interest from other teams when the New York Jets released him on March 9.
Cromartie reportedly was interested in returning to the Jets but visited the Cardinals last week.
He was named All-Pro after leading the NFL with a career-high 10 interceptions in 2007. He has scored five touchdowns, including a 109-yard interception return that is tied for the longest play in NFL history.
Cromartie has missed one game the past four seasons.
He is the third significant free agent signing for the Cardinals, joining left tackle Jared Veldheer and wide receiver-kick returner Ted Ginn Jr.
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