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Pro Bowl Calls Antonio Cromartie

With Seahawks going to Super Bowl, Sherman bows out to open door for Cardinals cornerback


Cornerback Antonio Cromartie, here making an interception against the Eagles, was named to the Pro Bowl Sunday to replace Richard Sherman.

The Pro Bowl got an extra Cardinal after their NFC West rival qualified for the Super Bowl Sunday.

Cornerback Antonio Cromartie will be the fourth Card in the NFL's all-star game – held in a week at University of Phoenix Stadium – in replacing Seattle's Richard Sherman. Sherman was eliminated from playing once the Seahawks made an incredible rally in the NFC

Championship to beat the Packers, 28-22, in overtime.

Cromartie joins cornerback Patrick Peterson, defensive end Calais Campbell and special teamer Justin Bethel – whose natural position is cornerback – as Cardinals' Pro Bowlers this season. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald remains an alternate.

Cromartie had three interceptions in 2014 as he teamed with Peterson to play press, one-on-one coverage must of the time in the blitzing defense of former coordinator Todd Bowles. He totaled 40 tackles and a team-best 12 passes defensed. He also scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery against the Rams. He added an interception in the Cardinals' Wild Card playoff game against the Panthers.

It is Cromartie's third straight Pro Bowl and the fourth of his career.

Cromartie is set to become a free agent in March after signing a one-year contract with the Cardinals last offseason.

"I feel comfortable here," Cromartie said after the season. "All the young guys that are here, especially in the defensive backs room, they grow on you. It's just a point of seeing what happens in the offseason and go from there."

He said this past week he is "leaving the door open" in terms of his free-agent options.

The Pro Bowl officially begins at 6:09 p.m. Jan. 25.

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