The Colts announced that they’ve reached agreement with free agent cornerback Antonio Cromartie. It’s a one-year deal, tweets Tom Pelissero of USA Today. Indianapolis worked out Cromartie, along with some other unknown defensive backs, earlier today.
Indianapolis is looking for corner help as Pro Bowler Vontae Davis deals with a rolled ankle, and although head coach Chuck Pagano said Davis is “week-to-week,” Pagano has used that terminology before, only to see a player miss extended time, writes Mike Wells of ESPN.com. The Colts signed former Chargers cornerback Patrick Robinson this offseason, and as Roster Resource details, also boast Darius Butler, Jalil Brown, and 2015 third-rounder D’Joun Smith in the secondary.
While Davis is on currently on the mend, Cromartie has also dealt with his own health concerns recently. A report earlier this year indicated that Cromartie’s career could end prematurely due to a hip condition, but the veteran corner strongly denied that story to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “Hell, no. I’m not done,” Cromartie said last month. “My hip wasn’t the problem last year.”
Cromartie, a 10-year veteran and four-time Pro Bowler, has been on the open market since the Jets released him in February. That was the end of Cromartie’s second stint with New York, which lasted only one season. Pro Football Focus ranked him just 86th out of 111 qualified cornerbacks in 2015.
Cromartie, who is entering his age-32 season, earned an honorable mention on PFR’s recent list of the best available defensive free agents.
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