Chuck Pagano said it himself: the Colts’ cornerback position is “scary” and “not pretty” right now. Vontae Davis is now week-to-week with an ankle injury, Patrick Robinson is day-to-day with a groin injury, Darius Butler and Jalil Brown are nursing injuries that caused them to miss Saturday’s game, and D’Joun Smith is still on a pitch count and being brought back slowly.
Pagano said today that the team may look for additional help at the cornerback position, and it sounds like the Colts are already doing so. According to the Indianapolis Star’s Stephen Holder, the Colts will work out free agent cornerback Antonio Cromartie, along with some other defensive backs.
The 32-year old Cromartie is a four-time Pro Bowler and was a first-team All-Pro in 2007. He was drafted in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers and spent four seasons in San Diego (2006-2009) before then signing with the New York Jets. He played four seasons in New York (2010-2013) before one year stints with the Arizona Cardinals (2014) and the New York Jets again (2015). The Jets released him earlier this year, making him a free agent, and though he hasn’t been signed he has had some interest - most recently with the Chicago Bears bringing him in for a visit a few days ago. In his ten year career, he has played in 158 games (only missing two games in total) and has recorded 403 tackles, 114 passes defensed, 31 interceptions (three returned for touchdowns), and two forced fumbles.