Keim, Cardinals pull off another one; snatch Cromartie from Jets

The Arizona Cardinals secondary got that much stronger on Thursday, after the team announced the signing of former Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie to a one-year contract.

Cromartie joins the Cardinals after spending the past four years in New York. He brings quite a resume to the Valley of the Sun, having played in three Pro Bowls, including the last two. In 2013, despite a bum hip, Cromartie started all 16 games for the third straight season and led the Jets with three interceptions. He also chipped in with 37 tackles (35 solo), eight passes defensed and one forced fumble.

To show his durability, Cromartie has missed just one game over the last four seasons, which should make head coach Bruce Arians even more pleased.

Cromartie is a definite playmaker. He’s scored five touchdowns in his career, including a 109-yard missed field goal return when he was a member of the San Diego Chargers. He’s also one of three players in the NFL (Terrence Newman, Charles Tillman) with multiple interceptions in each of the past seven seasons.

If Cromartie comes in healthy and stays as close to 100-percent as possible, he and fellow cornerback Patrick Peterson will form quite a duo on the corners, giving opposing quarterbacks fits. Tag those two alongside Jerraud Powers and Tyrann Mathieu when he returns, and things are looking pretty good for the Cardinals secondary.

What the Cardinals need to do now is focus on getting another safety in the NFL Draft, and one that is adept at covering tight ends, something the secondary wasn’t very good at in 2013.

Once again, general manager Steve Keim has pulled off another solid deal in this free agency period. Hopefully for the Cardinals, it’ll yield immediate dividends when we get the 2014 regular season underway.

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