Free agent cornerback Antonio Cromartie says he’s the missing link for Dallas to win the Super Bowl
Some players play it coy in free agency, not really talking publicly about what team they’re interested in playing for, and letting the market come to them.
Antonio Cromartie is not one of those players.
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Cromartie knows what he wants, and what he wants is to be a Dallas Cowboy. He’s made that very plain, appearing on ESPN’s First Take and talking about what he feels he can bring to Dallas:
“They’re only missing one key piece and that’s the piece in the secondary, and I feel like I can be that piece to help and go in and win a championship and get the Dallas Cowboys back where they’re supposed to be.”
Bold talk from the free agent cornerback.
Cromartie, who will be 31 this season, was a Pro Bowler last season with the Arizona Cardinals, playing opposite Patrick Peterson. He is a four-time Pro Bowler and is sixth among active players in interceptions with 31.
He signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with Arizona in the offseason, and ended up being one of the biggest bargains in football.
Perviously, Cromartie had been angling for a return to the Jets, where he played from 2010-2013, with Peterson telling ESPN that “all [Cromartie] talks about is freaking New York.”
Not anymore, apparently. Now Cromartie wants to dance with the devil and join Jerry Jones in his stadium in Dallas.
Cromartie has never been shy about talking up his own talent, claiming last year that he and Darrelle Revis are the two best corners in football.
In any case, he doesn’t seem keen on a return to the desert, despite thriving in the Cardinals’ secondary this past season.
It’s unknown whether the Cowboys will reciprocate Cromartie’s interest; they have some pretty serious cap issues, as they do every year, and may not be able to outbid other teams for his services.
It’s all a guy can do: you put yourself out there, let the team know you like them, and if the team likes you back, maybe they’ll take you out to a nice dinner. And if the team doesn’t like you back, they’ll ignore your texts or pretend they’re busy.
Cromartie has done his part; he’s sent over the metaphorical middle-school note saying, “Do you like me? Check yes or no.” Now it’s up to the Cowboys as to which box they check.
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