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New York Jets: An Antonio Cromartie Reunion Makes Sense

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Antonio Cromartie, the Arizona Cardinals cornerback who played for the Jets from 2010-2013, has been pretty public with a campaign for him to come back to New York and re-join the Jets for 2015. Cromartie played in Bowles defense last year and liked it a lot, and with the Jets dearth of corners the reunion would make sense. Here are some tweets from Brian Costello of the New York Post that illustrate these points:

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Antonio Cromartie on a Jets reunion: “My door is always open to returning. Everybody knows I didn’t want to leave.” #nyj

— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) January 28, 2015

Cromartie on Bowles’ defense: “The guys there should be very excited about it.” He said it’s very similar to Rex’s with more blitzing #nyj

— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) January 28, 2015

Cromartie said he already has talked to Demario Davis, who called him to ask about the defense. #nyj — Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) January 28, 2015

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  • Cromartie left the Jets after an injury-plagued 2013 season. Despite being injured he stayed in the lineup and gutted it out. He was terrible in 2013 but after he rehabbed the injury the odds were that he was going to bounce back and he was willing to take a pay cut to stay with the Jets but John Idzik didn’t want any part of him and let him go to Arizona. In Arizona, Cromartie had a Pro Bowl season with 48 tackles and three interceptions.

    While there are certainly red flags to be heeded with Cromartie, will play 2015 at 31 years old and has a history of hip issues although he only missed one game in his Jets career, the fact that he fills a major need for the team, knows the new defense and can help the defensive backs hasten their learning curve plus the fact that he hasn’t had less than three interceptions since 2008 would make Cromartie a good addition to the team on a short-term deal.

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