The Indianapolis Colts last night signed cornerback Antonio Cromartie to bolster a cornerback position that has been plagued by injuries recently. Vontae Davis, Patrick Robinson, Darius Butler, Jalil Brown, and D’Joun Smith are all dealing with injuries of some sort (some more serious than others), so adding someone at the position was key.
Cromartie was the biggest name available on the market, as he has played in 158 career games and has recorded 31 interceptions (third-most among active players) and 115 passes defensed (seventh-most among active players). Though Cromartie was unsigned, he’s still a notable name and the Colts needed him, so it was going to be interesting to see what his contract was going to be.
Details on the deal have emerged, as according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Cromartie signed a one-year deal worth $3 million. He received $250,000 guaranteed and has an additional $500,000 in incentives that are available, though it’s unclear what exactly those incentives are.
It’s a pretty significant contract for a guy who was still on the street in mid-August (considering that with 90-man rosters most players worth signing are already signed), but the Colts are pretty desperate at corner and Cromartie gives them a guy with experience who can step in and start if need be, depending on how much time Vontae Davis ends up missing. Since he’s expected to miss time to begin the regular season, Cromartie will likely be starting alongside Patrick Robinson, which helps explain why the contract is what it is. All things considered, it’s a price worth paying for a guy who helps at such an area of need.