Cardinals get Cromartie

Posted by Darren Urban on March 20, 2014 – 10:02 am

The Cardinals and cornerback Antonio Cromartie have agreed to a one-year contract, and it’s official. It’s early in the story, but my guess is it will be a deal a lot like the one linebacker Karlos Dansby signed a year ago with the Cards. For not a lot of money, but the chance to excel in a good defense and then go back into the market in a year and make some cash.

It’s a huge get for GM Steve Keim, who again seems to be able to push all the right buttons. Cromartie figures to step into the starting role opposite Patrick Peterson, and the Cards have a very good inside corner combo of Jerraud Powers — who probably is more effective inside — and Tyrann Mathieu when he returns to health. It also would stand to reason that the Cards now target a young safety in the draft that can be the guy who can cover tight ends.

Cromartie isn’t without his risks. He dealt with a hip injury last season (although he played all 16 games) and despite back-to-back Pro Bowls and probably a not-very-big price tag, the Jets didn’t want to bring him back after releasing him and his then-hefty salary. Cromartie reportedly wanted to go back too. No matter. The Cardinals will take it, and take another “win” so far in free agency. Low risk, high reward. Keim’s plan continues to unfurl perfectly.

Clearly, Patrick Peterson is happy.

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67 Responses to “Cardinals get Cromartie”

  1. By azjam on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Love the signing, nice job Mr Keim!!!

  2. By John The Draft Guy on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    The seahawks lose Browner and Thurmand from the legion of boom.

    The niners lose Starting CBs Carlos Rodgers and Terrel Brown

    The cards have Peterson and Cromartie

    The gap is closing NFC West

  3. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    AC baby. Sweeet. Stoked for Western Conference Championship run, home field advantage served us well a couple years ago as I recall…

    PS: Been checking the tweetwire for this for days…lol, lol…

  4. By SteveG on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    My man crush on Keim is now complete…

    Look out NFC West and all!!

  5. By 'Zona Fan on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Sweet!! Lock Down Defense!!

  6. By Eric G on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes!!!!!! Did I say YES!!!!
    As professor Farnsworth would say, Good news everyone!

    Let’s hope if he plays well Keim can get him signed to a longer contract so he stays for a while. Welcome to the Cards AC.

  7. By Dave Chaney on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    My biggest concern when the season ended was how the Cards were going to deal with all the free agents they had. The Cards of old would have most likely lost most of them and not signed anyone to replace them. Not true of the new Cards. I would say at the moment they deserve an A+ in the free agent market. The draft can now be used to continue to better this ball club without having to worry about having a rookie step right into a starting role. Plenty of reasons to look forward to training camp and next season.

  8. By D on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Keim is agressive and is going for it, I like this guy.
    Bowles has to be happy, once they grab a pass rusher in Round 1 (Ealy) this defense if healthy will cause Havoc to any team in the NFL this year…

    Rest of holes to fill in draft would be Right Tackle, Safety and TE. Could also take a QB if one looks good in later rounds….

  9. By Itsallinthecards on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    I love this signing. Last year was not a great year for Cromartie, but 2 years ago PFF had him ranked higher than Patrick Peterson. Hopefully last year was an aberration due to his hip injury. At the very least he provides quality competition for Powers and if he can get back to his level of play from 2 years ago this is a huge signing for Keim and the Cards.

    I love having a GM that watches film and makes low risk-high reward moves. I also love having a coach that is great at recruiting talent because players respect him and want to play for him. I also love having an owner that is smart enough to empower his football guys to run the show.

    This franchise is really trending up.

  10. By Robert on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    This is a low-risk, high-reward one-year deal with a relatively young, talented CB. He has the motivation to bounce back, we’re not throwing big money at him, and he can shine in a great defense across from PP. If this deal turns out even half the dividends that the Dansby deal did last year, then Keim has made another great, under-the-radar FA signing.

  11. By vegas4u2012. on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Seahawks…Who???..Start shaking your legs rest of the league…because were coming after YOU!!!! & For all you naysayers…i believe Keim/staff are going find a few more gems in the upcoming draft…Thanks for all your great work Darren/staff…GO CARDS!!!!

  12. By Eazy E on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    I gotta give the Cardinals a lot of credit for nailing this down even though only for 1 year! Their are so many good safeties that we’re and still is in free agency including Ryan Clark who even though he’s in his 30’s is a very good to great player right now. I like Ha-Ha but the others I know very little about. Pryor I heard is good but I haven’t really checked him out. I just know a lot of names after that. Back to Cro though, I love that he played with a hip injury so that illustrates toughness. He did get beat more last year than the previous year when Revis went down and he ascended to that #1 corner role but the aforementioned hip injury explains that. I think not bringing him back had more to do with Idzik than Rex. Patrick is a good dude because when he got drafted he wanted to learn from DRC(Oh that hurts Whiz and Graves), he had Richard Marshall opposite him, Powers last year, and now Cro who is arguably the best out of them. We’ve had both cousins! Congrats to the Cards!

  13. By Pete Dowdle on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    There’s consistently one “thumbs down” vote on all of these comments, and the news is only good for the Card’s! Is there a Seahawks or 49’ers fan following the Card’s? Worried much? Ha-ha…

  14. By jason on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply


    It would be a done deal if Ealy is there at 20, but I’ve heard that he ran in the high 4.5’s low 4.6’s at his pro day….I don’t think he’ll be there.

  15. By Andy Kw on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    I just want to hug Steve Keim right now

  16. By jaime on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Los should of stayed!!! This D is going to be a Monster, Im betting 13-17 pts allowed on avg and our offense breaking 30’s all season long.
    looks at these names… Carson Palmer, Veldheer, Cooper, Fitzgerald, Floyd, Ginn, Ellington, Campbell, Dockett, Peterson, Cromartie, Honey Badger, Bethel, Shaugnessy, Washington, WOW this is a Team unlike any, Crazy Bananas!!! No offence to rest team, you are all awesome also.

  17. By clssylssy on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Good job Cards! I think that in this setting Cromartie will excel and have his best year yet, much like Dansby did. I know our coaches will take care of the Honey Badger and not put him at unnecessary risk, like some other coaches do with their players and this signing of Cromartie will help insure a “win now” momentum going into the season even is Tyrann isn’t fully back yet. Our defense is getting there and our offense has been strengthened even further. The pieces are beginning to fall in place and I can’t wait for Training Camp. COME’N BIRDGANG…THIS IS OUR YEAR TO MAKE THE 12TH MAN A FLEETING FAD!

  18. By Rich on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    The Cardinals are quickly becoming one of the most exciting teams in the NFL. Gotta give some credit to Bidwill.

  19. By Dr. G. on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Keim is handing Bowles a fine machine… All he has to do is drive it with NASTY VIGOR and keep it in the right gears! Los who?

  20. By CDJ on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    I think Keim should win GM of the year

  21. By Mat11 on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    That’s Great news!!!! But let just hope when the new nfl season begins we could match our two NFC West Rivals and the Leigon Of BOOM!!!

  22. By kauaicardsfan on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Now lets get another power runner to move the chains in the trenches in the draft and solidify the right side of the line and lets get ready to battle to get back to the Superbowl this year!!!
    Way to go Kiem !!!!
    GO CARDS!!!!

  23. By Dr. G. on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    One of Keim’s pitches to player prospects: “You’ll get to sleep in your own bed when we play in the Super Bowl this year!”

  24. By Coach K on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Cards making a serious play to host their own Superbowl. Great job Steve and Patrick. More good news, he passed his physical. So we are getting the 2012 Cro, not the 2013 Cro who has injured most of the season.

  25. By Coach K on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Jason, if Ealy is gone, Dee Ford will be there. 1 inch shorter, but the same motor.

  26. By Coach K on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Cro is coming to play with the Big Boys in the NFC West. Should be bloody

  27. By Andy Kw on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    We should resign OT Eric Winston & SS Yeremiah Bell.
    -Bobby Massie improved our the second half of the 2012 season but he barely played at all in the 2013 season. I think our team should bring back Eric Winston on a 2yr $5M contract (I know it is a small contract for such a good Right Tackle but all we can do is hope he accepts because it has to work out with our current cap space available). He will solidify our OL with Veldheer, Cooper, Sendlein, Fanaika, & Winston protecting Carson Palmer.

    -Yeremiah Bell will provide a lot of needed depth at the Strong Safety (SS) position. This guy is an aging veteran and I expect him to still be around in Free Agency after the draft. Tony Jefferson is improving but I think he should remain a special teams player for now. We could sign him to a 1yr $1.2M contract with a small guarantee because to be honest, I doubt he will find a team in Free Agency. He brings a lot of leadership and veteran presence to the Safety position and I would love for him to come back. In the draft, this team can draft SS Deone Bucannon in the 2nd or 3rd Round to be our future starter.

  28. By Andy Kw on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    I’m glad Mike Jenkins signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I never really understood why we even considered him. Jerraud Powers is way better than Jenkins anyways in terms of coverage and age. I’d rather this team go after former FAs CB Antoine Cason (CAR) & CB Javier Arenas (ATL) than signing Mike Jenkins any day.

  29. By br on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    We considered him because Mr Keim was “turning up the heat” on Cromartie just a little show that we had other options and werent going to wait around for long that is all it was, dont think they were ever serious about signing him.

    As I posted in another blog we need armed guards for SK& BA because other teams especially big market teams are going to start coming in with oodles of cash and try and signour GM & HC away from the Cards!! Mr Bidwell needs to open his checkbook and lock up both to basically “lifetime contracts…I would start with locking up GM first then once BA shows everybody how he can win titles next year with the signings and drafts we have had after only 2yrs nfl owners are going to be flocking to AZ to try and sign both of them to huge huge deals!!!!

  30. By krehbieo14 on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Nice job Cardinals! We should be able to shore up our coverage of tight ends with this move. This makes the draft much easier to navigate to fill a few holes. Should be a great year of football. A quality organization is in place.

  31. By Big Ken on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    love Peterson’s tweet. ha ha

  32. By tyman on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Going to be the best madden team ever next year 🙂

  33. By rod on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Some love needs to go out to Mr. Bidwill, he’s all in!

  34. By K-DUB on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply


    Any murmurs if Kerry Rhodes is in football shape?

  35. By Darren Urban on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    K-Dub —

    RE: Rhodes

    Rhodes isn’t coming back here.

  36. By LG on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Everything that the cardinals have done have been right to me. so Darren what’s next SS or LB or draft.

  37. By Darren Urban on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    LG —

    RE: Next

    Draft probably, unless someone is willing to play for very cheap.

  38. By esco deez on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Such an awesome signing, great news. I know it’s been covered here already, but what are the chances Mathieu is ready for the season opener?

  39. By Darren Urban on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Esco —

    RE: Mathieu season opener

    We’ll see. I wouldn’t count on it.

  40. By Travis on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Fantastic! Best D in the NFL. WOW

  41. By Cheese on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply


    After years of showing up here periodically to bash the team, you’ll probably be surprised and delighted not to have another regular bashing them. Every move they’ve made since Keim/BA took over has been pretty damn good. Even with Dansby, who I wanted back badly, they made the right decision not to offer anything near what Cleveland did. This team is making moves that actually make sense for the first time in a very long time. Love the 1 year prove it deal for Cro, love getting Ginn to add a missing dimension to the offense and likely STs and LOVE the aggressiveness going after and getting a real LT. Kudos to the entire organization. We have more good draft and this team is going to be a force to reckon with next year!


  42. By Darren Urban on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Cheese —

    RE: Thoughts

    I’ll give you this: You stick around, regardless of your feelings.

  43. By ored on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    now we need to nail the draft.

  44. By lolo on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    I hope one of those athletic freak DBS fall to us in the first round for they can learn from PP and AC.

  45. By AzDesertRat1953 on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Can’t even say how good I feel right now.

    Welcome to the Desert AC you and PP are going to have some Fun in the NFC West!

    Mr. Keim, with all of the Downs and the few Ups, thanks for sticking with the Cards because you have made it Fun again!

    GO CARDS!!!

  46. By joe holst on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    a lot of enthusiasm but he is not that good anymore that’s why no one brought him I and his contract is only 1.25 million. Bad hip and 30 years old he is not 26 . he is a nice pick up but isn’t the difference between everyone thinks he is.

  47. By Steve Daniels on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    This is dumb

  48. By Andy Kw on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    With the signing of CB Antonio Cromartie to a one year $3.25M contract, we only have $5.2M left in Cap Space.
    -According to what Darren said in a response, “Bottom 3 or 4 picks won’t have a high-enough cap number to qualify, so only a portion of that 4.25 — 2.75? 3? — will count against the cap”

    Lets say $3.2M will go against the Cap for the top three picks we draft, that means we will only have around $2M in cap space remaining. This is what we should do, why experiment on RB Ryan Williams any longer? Lets cut him and save $1M. Now we will have $3M left in Cap Space to sign Free Agents. Since we can’t afford much, we will have to go for one more player RT Eric Winston or SS Chris Clemons?

  49. By Cactus Jeff on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Any signs AC might be the guy to cover Vernon Davis or Jimmy Grahm type players? He has to be the longest DB in the league.

  50. By Cards Season Ticket Holder on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Peterson, Honey Badger, Cromartie, Jefferson…..
    Looks like the Red Birds have created a great, “NO FLY ZONE” in Arizona !!
    Very nice off season so far.

  51. By steve on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Darren: Whats your opinion as to why Bobby Massie has not earned the confidence of the coaches to start? I thought he played well down the stretch his rookie year and he has disappeared since then.

  52. By Darren Urban on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: Massie

    As of now, he is the starter. Athletically he’s the right guy. But he has to be able to know what to do and when to do it.

  53. By red bird of death! on Mar 20, 2014 | Reply

    I’m loving this keep em coming if Honey Badger comes back strong which I think he will he’s got tons of heart, all we need is another lethal lb lining up across from dwash wow we’re looking fierce!

  54. By Cardman on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    I heard Gambo saying Cromartie was terrible, adding that he had watched all the Jets’ games. Cromartie had told the Arizona reporters that his hip had gotten better around the 13th week. So I decided to randomly watch his game in the 15th week against the Panthers. The results were this: He never got beat. He was called for holding once and the only pass that was completed within his vicinity was actually an underneath pass when Cromartie was playing off of him by design. That was it! The other interesting thing I noticed was Cam’s offense was making an effort to avoid throwing in Cromartie’s direction most of the game. They didn’t think he was a liability or to be fair, perhaps they didn’t want to throw in his direction because they didn’t want to embarrass a terrible corner.

  55. By Dave Chaney on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Looks like most fans are feeling good about what has been going on in the FA market. What excites me most is the fact that there is a new regime moving forward with their game plan and the old regime (famous for letting way too many great athletes go via free agency) is stepping aside. Michael Bidwill, Steve Keim and Bruce Arians seem to want to build a dynasty in the desert. Go Cards!

  56. By Rich on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    We gotta start to publicize the new tag line for our defensive backfield. THE NO FLY ZONE!!!

  57. By Rich on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Listening to Keim, sounds like he wants an “edge” player on defense with that first pick. Length and speed – def end or olb. They can still pick up a solid safety on day two, as well as another off tackle.

  58. By Coach K on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Darren, are you saying Massie has issues understanding his blocking assignments? If so, then we should let Bradley compete for that spot and bring back Eric for insurance.

  59. By ChristianR on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Did PP get his contract extension and me miss it? I haven’t heard anything about it, but he did say that he could consider a holdout until the extension is done. Won’t our shrinking cap space make giving an extension difficult?

  60. By Darren Urban on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Christian —

    RE: PP

    He is still playing under his rookie deal. He won’t hold out. And he doesn’t have to get an extension yet.

  61. By D on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    I heard an interview with the Jet’s beat writer after the Jet’s had a press conference yesterday to spin all of the bad news recently. According to this media person, Keim signed AC on the cheap, around 3.25 with a bonus of 500k if he plays in all the games. That is considerably less than the FA CB market, so either the desperate Jets think his hip is not healed, he has lost a step or they totally blew not resigning him…..I hope he is healthy….but it’s only a one year deal….maybe we will have another Dansby situation this year and we have a No Fly Zone in our defense..

  62. By John The Draft Guy on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply


    Your first mistake is listening to Gambo.

    Not the most reliable source to get information about football. When he begins talking about the draft, change the channel. He is clueless.
    But, When your team is the sinking ship known as the JETS, and they let their best CB go, what else is he going to say.

    BTW, They usually vote players into the pro bowl who are terrible.

    During the 2012 season, after Darrelle Revis went down due to a torn ACL, Cromartie became the #1 cornerback and performed well, finishing the year with 3 interceptions, 13 passes defended, and 30 tackles in all 16 games started. For his efforts, Cromartie was elected to attend the Pro Bowl for the 2nd time of his career.
    After the 2013 season, Cromartie was elected to attend the Pro Bowl as a replacement. It was his 3rd election of his career.

    What is terrible about that Gambo???

  63. By Leesters on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Double Domers are rocking it! All holes filled!! Left Tackle, 2nd CB, speed WR3,..and then you add Cooper at guard, its like an extra first rounder this year. lol. With Mendenhal gone, they still need a goal line back, and the rookie RG better be good, cuz he’s unchallenged. I’m expecting them to sign an older leftover for cheap at guard. Will miss you, Karlos Dansby. Again. Kevin Minter, you better be good. Ha!

  64. By Marcus on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Can we leave his wife in new york? She complaining about loyalty and having to move. Ha Ha

  65. By brian r on Mar 22, 2014 | Reply

    good job with the antonio cromartie signing. i think the “no fly zone” will be full in effect this year. and i do see a playoff birth and i do see us HOSTING the superbowl this year!

    now what should we get with the 20th pick…?
    i personally say get the best right guard available to finish this offensive line.

  66. By Frank on Mar 22, 2014 | Reply

    DAAAAANG!!! I can’t wait for football season! One things for sure, our secondary is going to be an awesome one! Hopefully we have an incredible season this year. Our boys started gelling real nice at the end of the season last year…

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