Antonio Cromartie joins Cardinals

Updated: March 20, 2014, 5:48 PM ET
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Former New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie reached agreement Thursday on a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, the team announced.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cromartie is an upgrade from Jerraud Powers across from Patrick Peterson and solidifies Arizona's secondary as one of the best in the league.

Cromartie could also be the Cardinals' answer to defending tight ends. At 6-foot-2, he'd match up better with the likes of the St. Louis Rams' Jared Cook and San Francisco 49ers' Vernon Davis than Powers or any of the Cardinals' safeties. And if Cromartie lined up across from a tight end, in the slot possibly, Tyrann Mathieu would be capable of sliding to the corner spot on the edge.

The Jets released Cromartie this offseason rather than pay a $5 million roster bonus. His ouster was expected because of a prohibitive cap charge -- $14.98 million -- in the final year of his contract.

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AP Photo/Alan DiazAntonio Cromartie gives the Cardinals a shutdown cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson and solidifies the team's secondary as one of the best in the NFL.

The Jets made no attempt to renegotiate, according to Cromartie, but he said the team left open the possibility for a return.

Cromartie played in the Pro Bowl as an alternate, but he admittedly had a disappointing season. He was hampered by a hip-flexor injury the entire year, hindering his ability to turn and run with receivers.

He said he's healthy now and that his goal is to play eight more years. He spent four seasons with the Jets after arriving in a trade with the San Diego Chargers.

His best season was 2012, when he replaced injured Darrelle Revis as the team's No. 1 corner and made the second Pro Bowl of his career.

Cromartie has 28 career interceptions, returning three for touchdowns.

ESPN.com Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss and Jets reporter Rich Cimini contributed to this report.

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