Despite reviving his career in Arizona on a one-year deal, Cardinals CB Antonio Cromartie is eager to reunite with the New York Jets.
Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson is concerned that teammate Antonio Cromartie is enamoured with returning to the New York Jets and won’t consider re-signing with the Cardinals.
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Peterson, who made the Pro Bowl this past year along with Cromartie, hopes he can have the veteran CB back with the Cardinals in 2015 but is worried that Cromartie is too eager to return to his former team. Cromartie has recently stated that he is very open for a return to the New York Jets, where he played from 2010 to 2013 and made two Pro Bowls.
“I’m definitely trying to keep him here,” Peterson told ESPN.com. “It’s going to be tough, especially with Todd being in New York and he loves (New York). That’s all he talks about is freaking New York. I’m definitely trying to get him to stay and we’ll see what happens.”
Since being released by the Jets at the end of the 2013 season, Cromartie has stated repeatedly that he wanted to be a New York Jet for life, but the Jets under former GM John Idzik refused to offer him any kind of new deal. He eventually signed with the Arizona Cardinals.
After firing Rex Ryan at the end of the 2014 season, the Jets hired former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to be their new head coach. Bowles and Cromartie got along extremely well in 2014 as Bowles put together one of the NFL’s best defenses en route to a playoff berth.