TEMPE, Ariz. — A month from his 30th birthday, Antonio Cromartie is coming to the desert to face the challenges of the NFC West.
The three-time Pro Bowl cornerback signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals on Thursday, saying he was lured by the team's aggressive pursuit of him and the fact that the team is developing into a contender.
"I was looking for a team that was contending," Cromartie, 29, said during a news conference, "and I found it. Like I said, they are moving in the right direction."
The former FSU standout and Tallahassee native led the Jets last season with three interceptions. He was released this month. On his career, Cromartie has 28 interceptions, 97 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Players claim Pats put out false reports: Former Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes said the team placed him on injured reserve in January even though he said he was healthy to play in the postseason. "I heard they put me on (injured reserve) and stuff like that. That was just a false report," said Spikes, a former Gator who signed with the Bills last week. "That's just how things go there. Almost like what happened with (Aqib) Talib and his hip." Talib, a former Buc who signed with the Broncos last week, said New England listed his quad injury as a hip injury last season. "The Patriots have their way of reporting stuff, but I haven't had a hip problem since Tampa," Talib said. "The injury I had was actually a quad."
He WANTS BACK: Guard Richie Incognito said he hopes to return to Miami. "Returning to the Dolphins was my No. 1 goal from the time I got suspended," he said. A league investigation determined Incognito and two other Dolphins offensive linemen engaged in persistent harassment of teammate Jonathan Martin. Incognito was suspended and became a free agent when his contract expired. In other team news, running back Knowshon Moreno scheduled a visit today. Moreno rushed for 1,038 yards with the Broncos last season.
FALCONS: Return specialist Devin Hester was signed. Terms were not disclosed. The three-time Pro Bowl player and former University of Miami star tied a league record last year with his 19th career TD return in eight seasons with the Bears.
PANTHERS: Receiver Jerricho Cotchery signed a two-year contract. Terms were not released. The club is looking to replenish its receiving corps after losing Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn and Domenik Hixon to free agency.
STEELERS: President Art Rooney II says the team will not be docked a pick in this year's draft for coach Mike Tomlin's stepping onto the field during a kickoff return last season.
TEXANS: Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was signed, presumably as a backup to Matt Schaub. The nine-year veteran threw for 2,454 yards and 14 TDs for the Titans last season.