2:16pm: It’s a four-year, $32MM contract for Cromartie, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News (via Twitter).
1:58pm: The Jets have reached agreement with cornerback Antonio Cromartie on a contract, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). The deal will reunite Cromartie with former partner Darrelle Revis. The two manned the Jets’ secondary together from 2010 through 2012.
On Wednesday, Revis told reporters that he would be working feverishly to make the reunion possible:
“I’m going to get in contact with him very soon and try to convince him to come back and join our Batman and Robin tandem that we had a couple of years ago,” Revis said.
Cromartie, who turns 31 in April, has made no secret of the fact that he’d like to sign with the Jets — his Cardinals teammate Patrick Peterson even complained last month that all Cromartie talked about was “freaking New York.” The Cards maintained interest all along in bringing Cromartie back to Arizona, and the Cowboys were also mentioned earlier this week as a possible destination, but the Jets ultimately won out.
Cromartie had a pretty atrocious year for the Jets in 2013, finishing with an overall grade of -11.4 (per Pro Football Focus, subscription required), placing him in the bottom ten of all qualified cornerbacks. However, he had something of a resurgence in Arizona, finishing with a much less harsh -0.2 overall grade, putting him 45th out of 108 cornerbacks. That uptick was largely credited to Todd Bowles and both men are clearly excited to continue that partnership in New York.