ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – On Wednesday, the New York Jets made official the signing of cornerback Antonio Cromartie, reuniting the former All-Pro with Darrelle Revis, a tandem that perhaps was one of the best cornerback duos in the history of the league.
And for Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, the signing of Cromartie is a big move for the Jets. Not only does it bring back the working relationship with Revis and Cromartie, a partnership that brought the Jets to within a game of the Super Bowl in 2010, but it addresses serious issues the team had in the secondary in 2014.
Arians, who coached Cromartie last year as the Cardinals made the playoffs, thinks it is a great fit for the Jets. In coming back to New York, where he spent four seasons with the Jets, he not only reunites with Revis and his old teammates but also head coach Todd Bowles.
It was Bowles who was the Cardinals defensive coordinator last year and he had a working relationship that resulted in Cromartie being named to the Pro Bowl as Arizona made a return the playoffs.
“I knew that there would be a push, they had a lot more money than we did,” Arians told Metro last week. Arians spoke at a press event at the Tropicana where he was honored by the Maxwell Football Club with the Greasy Neale Award as the NFL's top head coach last season.
He led the Cardinals to the playoffs for the first time since the 2009 season.
“Cro can still play, he can still run that island and play with Darrelle on the other side of him,” Arians said. “They're both formidable, I liked who they picked up in the slot as well.”
The Jets also added Buster Skrine in addition to the big name signings of Revis and Cromartie to the secondary, revamping a unit that lacked serious depth last season. Skrine figures to start in the slot and is known as a pesky, tenacious cornerback.