When Vontae Davis went down with an injured ankle last week, it turned out to a good thing for Antonio Cromartie.
The Indianapolis Colts signed Cromartie Monday night to replace Davis, who will be out until at least October with a sprained ankle. And it was that one-year, $3 million contract the cornerback signed that will reportedly keep him out of jail.
According to TMZ Sports, Cromartie was facing a possible arrest for child support owed to the mother of his first child. Cromartie, 32, was delinquent on payments of $4,000 per month since January to Rosemita Pierre. According to the report, Cromartie skipped a court date in Florida last week, but was able to bring his account out of arrears thanks to his new deal.
Cromartie, a four-time Pro Bowler who received over $7 million last year in base salary and bonuses with the New York Jets, has fathered at least 12 children from eight different women. He and his wife welcomed twins in May, though Cromartie said he had a vasectomy.
The New York Post reported in January that Cromartie pays an estimated $336,000 a year in child support.
According to Spotrac, Cromartie has earned over $44 million during a 10-year NFL career.