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Ex-Jet Antonio Cromartie negotiating with Cardinals

Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie speaks to the media

Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie speaks to the media at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, N.J. on May 16, 2013. Credit: Mike Stobe

Only days after getting dumped by the Jets, Antonio Cromartie could be on the verge of finding a new home.

According to a source, the cornerback spent Thursday visiting with the Cardinals. By the evening, Arizona still was trying to figure out a way to bring Cromartie on board.

The Arizona Republic reported that Cromartie will remain in town while the Cardinals continue to negotiate with his agent, Ben Dogra.

Cromartie, who was released Sunday by the Jets in a cost-cutting move, said earlier this week that the "door's still open'' on a return to Florham Park. But it appears a reunion with his former team may be even more unlikely now.

Unfortunately for the Jets, the free-agent cornerback market is steadily shrinking.

General manager John Idzik chose not to aggressively pursue Darrelle Revis after he hit the free-agent market Wednesday following his release from Tampa Bay. Instead, Bill Belichick and the archrival Patriots quickly came to terms with the Jets' 2007 first-round pick.

It's a reported one-year, $12- million deal that includes a $20- million club option in 2015. Per the terms, New England wouldn't be able to use the franchise tag.

Although the Patriots have yet to make it official, Revis' business manager confirmed the signing via Twitter Thursday morning.

But Revis isn't the only corner no longer in play for the Jets. Vontae Davis and Alterraun Verner, two top free-agent targets at the position, signed with the Colts and Bucs, respectively. In a surprise move, the Broncos lured Aqib Talib away from New England, but the Patriots wisely countered by securing Revis, a three-time All-Pro. Yesterday, former Panther Captain Munnerlyn, also a target of the Jets, agreed to a three-year, $14.25-million deal with the Vikings.

Meanwhile, the Jets have remained quiet on the cornerback front, and Cromartie could be on the verge of striking a new deal in Arizona.

The Jets saved $9.5 million in salary-cap space by cutting the three-time Pro Bowl selection. Cromartie, who will turn 30 in April, carried a team-high $14.98-million cap number for 2014 and was due to earn a $5-million bonus. He said on ESPN Radio on Monday that the Jets never reached out to him or Dogra to negotiate a new contract.

"We didn't hear anything from them,'' Cromartie said.

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