West Notes: Cardinals, Peterson, Rams, Donald, Broncos

Darrelle Revis earlier this week retired as the NFL’s highest-paid cornerback of all time, but Cardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson has a chance to pass him in due time, as Kyle Odegard of AZCardinals.com notes. Peterson is currently under contract in the desert through the 2020 season, and if he plays out his deal, he’ll have collected $98.6MM, which would place him just $26MM behind Revis. Of course, Peterson will be 31 years old by that time, so he’ll need to have kept up something close to his current level of play in order to bridge the Revis gap. But Peterson hasn’t shown any recent signs of slowing down, and it’s possible that he’ll eventually overtake Revis as the league’s most expensive cornerback.

Here’s more from the NFL’s two West divisions:

  • The Rams and defensive tackle Aaron Donald haven’t yet hammered out a new contract, leading Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk to analyze why talks haven’t led to an extension. Los Angeles holds an enormous amount of leverage over Donald, as they can control his rights through the 2020 season thanks to his fifth-year option and two potential franchise tags. That strategy would only cost the Rams roughly $40MM over the next three seasons, a pittance given Donald’s status as the NFL’s best defensive player. As Florio notes, Donald is probably looking for at least $60MM over the next three years, so a gap of at least $20MM exists. For what it’s worth, Donald reportedly expects to receive a fresh pact before training camp opens.
  • The Broncos will have a new lead running back after releasing C.J. Anderson this offseason, but it’s unclear who will top Denver’s depth chart, as Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post writes. Devontae Booker, the most experienced of the Broncos’ backs, is the early favorite to lead the team in carries, but third-round rookie Royce Freeman is also a candidate for reps and will likely emerge as Booker’s top backup. Elsewhere on the roster, Denver boasts De’Angelo Henderson plus undrafted free agents David Williams and Phillip Lindsay.
  • In case you missed it, the Chiefs worked out former Grand Valley State running back Martayveus Carter, who was not selected in last week’s supplemental draft.
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  1. Thomas Bliss

    Mr Dallas Robinson there is a misprint in your article. David Williams was actually a 7th round draft pick. Your article says “ undrafted free agents David Williams and Phillip Lindsay.”

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