A report from Pro Football Talk this week indicated that Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson hadn’t ruled out the possibility of a holdout, but Peterson’s comments themselves were more innocuous than the headline suggested. Asked about the possibility of holding out, Peterson said that he and his agent have yet to discuss his contract situation and added, “I can’t speak on that right now.”
The NFL’s new rookie pay scale reduced the leverage of players like Peterson when they become extension-eligible, making a new deal less likely during the coming offseason. But even without a long-term extension, Peterson isn’t likely to hold out, opines ESPN.com’s Josh Weinfuss. Noting that Peterson dislikes bye weeks because they mean a few days away from football, Weinfuss expresses skepticism that the young All-Pro would willingly sit out OTAs and minicamps, let alone any actual games.
Here’s more from around the NFC West:
- Coming off a Super Bowl win, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll doesn’t think his roster requires any significant additions, as Tim Booth of The Associated Press writes. “I don’t see anything that we need to add,” Carroll said. “We just have to get better.”
- There’s a good chance the Seahawks cut players like Sidney Rice, Zach Miller, and Chris Clemons this offseason to create cap space to retain more important roster pieces, according to Joel Corry of CBSSports.com. However, as Corry outlines, given all the players who will require new deals within the next couple years, Seattle could lose plenty of veteran talent during that period, especially since teams have a tendency to overpay players on Super Bowl teams.
- While there’s nothing wrong with adding reinforcements in free agency, the Rams should be building through the draft rather than spending big on free agents, says Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com.