The Indianapolis Colts made a necessary move, hoping to sure up their depleted defensive backfield.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Vontae Davis, who was week-to-week with an ankle, will miss at least a month of action. In response they signed four-time pro bowl corner Antonio Cromartie to a one-year deal worth up to $3 million with only $250,000 guaranteed. Cromartie spent last year with the New York Jets.
Davis’ prognosis couldn’t have come at worse time for the Colts. Their other starting cornerback, Patrick Robinson, injured his groin in Saturday’s preseason game against the Ravens. Last year’s third-round pick, D’joun Smith missed all of 2015 with a knee injury and still isn’t practicing at full speed. Also, Darius Butler and Jalil Brown have missed time this preseason due to injury.
Cromartie might not even be at full-strength for the Colts. He is dealing with a hip injury that caused the Jets to waive him one year into a four-year, $32 million contract.
Hopefully, for the Colts, his resume and veteran wisdom will help smooth over this rough patch as they prepare for the start of the regular season. Cromartie is a four-time pro bowler and made first-team all pro in 2007. Perhaps his greatest claim to fame though, is a missed field-goal return from that season has to be the longest play possible in a football game.
He caught Ryan Longwell’s missed kick in the back of the end zone while toeing the white line. Cromartie regained his balance and proceeded to run more than 109 yards for a touchdown.