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Antonio Cromartie wants to sign with the Ravens

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A surprising proposal has been made to the Ravens in the wake of Jimmy Smith’s season-ending Achilles injury.

Veteran cornerback Antonio Cromartie tweeted this to the Ravens today.

The Ravens just promoted CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste from the practice squad today for more depth at the position now that Jimmy is gone for the year. Should they stick with him or take up Cromartie’s offer?

Antonio Cromartie was a first round pick for the San Diego Chargers in 2006, taken 19th overall. He has been a solid corner in the league for years, playing for several different teams along the way. These teams include the aforementioned Chargers, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, and Indianapolis Colts.

He was released by the Colts just four games into the season last year, after signing a one year contract with them. He is now 33 years old, which is far from ideal for a cornerback. The Ravens don’t need a starter though, just quality depth. Marlon Humphrey and Brandon Carr will man the outside positions, while Maurice Canady, Lardarius Webb, and Jaylen Hill continue to split snaps on the inside.

Cromartie has definitely lost speed, and has struggled in recent years. However, he is a proven veteran, and if the Ravens are serious about making a deep playoff run, then signing him for cheap would be a good move in my opinion. Baltimore doesn’t have much cap room to work with, so he would have to come cheap. However, it seems like he could be willing to comply by his eagerness to join the Ravens. It might be his best shot at signing with a team anyway.

And of course, Eric Weddle had this to say in response.

Weddle’s been the best recruiter the Ravens could ask for.