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Report: Carolina Panthers Not Interested in Signing Antonio Cromartie

This past weekend Antonio Cromartie expressed interest in playing for the Carolina Panthers. According to a report, the feeling is not mutual for the Panthers.

One of the positions the Carolina Panthers may need to address this offseason is cornerback with veterans Charles Tillman and Cortland Finnegan free agents. However, one player who could be a potential replacement, Antonio Cromartie, can be crossed off the list.

On Saturday, Cromartie was asked on Twitter about the possibility of coming to Carolina, which he responded saying he would love to play in this defense.

However, according to Tiffany Blackmon of NFL Network, the Panthers' don't have the same interest in Cromartie.

Last month, the NY Jets decided to release the 31-year cornerback only one year into a four-year deal with the team. This past season was the first time in three seasons that he wasn't named to the Pro Bowl and was the first time since 2006 that he didn't register an interception.

While the Panthers are in the market for a cornerback, one of the reasons the Panthers may not be interested is they are looking for someone to play inside. During the NFL Combine, head coach Ron Rivera mentioned the team will want to give Bene Benwikere an opportunity to play outside full-time.

According to Bryan Strickland of, Rivera said: "I think the plan with him is to keep him as a one-position guy. He did some really nice things when he had the opportunity to play on the outside, and we’re going to see how he is when he gets back."

Benwikere is currently recovering from a broken leg suffered at the end of the regular season and at the time was filling in for Charles Tillman, who was dealing with a knee injury. This was not the first time Benwikere played on the outside and he was actually the primary starter at the position down the stretch of the 2014 season.

However, entering last year the coaching staff wanted to put him inside at nickelback full-time with the addition of Tillman. One thing that has been clear over the past two seasons is that where ever he lines up, he does a good job.

The addition of a player like Cromartie though wouldn't allow the coaching staff to move the third-year cornerback outside permanently and certainly has to be a factor into the team's lack of interest.

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