Patrick Peterson Asks Cardinals For Trade

Patrick Peterson‘s been mentioned in trade rumors, ones the Cardinals have shot down. But the three-time All-Pro may be ready to leave the desert.

Peterson’s asked the Cardinals to trade him by the Oct. 30 deadline, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports (on Twitter). The 28-year-old cornerback views the Cards as a deteriorating situation and “desperately” wants out, Schefter adds.

The Cardinals have known about Peterson’s dissatisfaction for a while now, per CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora (on Twitter), and have received plenty of calls about the corner’s availability. Peterson told the Arizona Republic recently he was still committed to the Cardinals, though adding it was difficult dealing with what looks like his fifth losing season since arriving in Arizona.

Steve Wilks chimed in on the situation and said Monday the Cardinals are “not trading Patrick” (Twitter link). The first-year coach said Peterson has not approached him about a trade but added (via AZCardinals.com’s Darren Urban, on Twitter) he’ll speak to him about this today.

This would place a marquee player in his prime on the trade block, and no Cardinal would fetch the kind of price Peterson would. The 2011 first-rounder has been arguably the NFL’s best cornerback this decade and looks to be destined for one of the spots on the 2010s’ all-decade team.

But the Cardinals have taken a major step back this season, starting 1-6. Although they still have key cornerstones from their 2015 NFC championship game season, led by Peterson and Larry Fitzgerald, this is now a rebuilding team. They have not been to the playoffs since that 2015 slate, but under Bruce Arians the past two seasons, the team was not among one of the NFL’s worst. After a nationally televised 45-10 loss to the Broncos, they certainly are now, putting the organization to a big decision.

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said a Peterson trade is “not happening,” but now that the star defender’s request is out there, this may be a fluid process in the days leading up to the deadline.

The longtime standout has two more full seasons left on his deal. The through-2020 contract, combined with Peterson’s stellar play, will drive up the price if the Cardinals decide to seriously field offers. Peterson will make $11MM in 2019 and just more than $12MM in 2020 base salary on his current deal, but he’ll obviously be eyeing an extension at some point in the near future.

Contenders will certainly be coveting Peterson, with elite cornerback play among the most difficult skills to acquire in today’s NFL. But the Cardinals may still want to keep their best player and attempt to build around him in the future.

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27 comments on “Patrick Peterson Asks Cardinals For Trade

      • Michael Chaney

        The Raiders are completely tearing it down and starting over, so they don’t make any sense. Unless you’re being sarcastic, because it’s hard to tell sometimes.

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    • Freddy H

      Steelers can rescind Bells tag and open up more than enough cap for Peterson.

      After that give up a 1st+ and, yes it is plausible.

      Not probable, but certainly plausible.

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      • Freddy H

        That said, Steelers have most useless corner in football (Burns), and un-intruiging Coty Sensabough as only other option.

        Prob worth it to just release Bell for nothing if it means trading for Peterson immediately after.

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      • NuckBobFutting
        NuckBobFutting

        The Steelers have the money to acquire Peterson. The final two years on his active contract will accumulate $11.25 and $12.55 million per season. This year, however, he’ll only take up $5,823,529 in cap space. Therefore the tag doesn’t need to be rescinded.

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    • jnlaughlin

      Steelers would be plausible if they wanted him… all they would have to do is be willing to give up the picks for him… then rescind Bell’s Franchise Tag to afford him…

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    • Rocket32

      Nah Panthers never do anything significant or exciting for their fan base. Biggest moves Carolina makes are letting guys walk or getting rid of them. Steve Smith, Josh Norman, Andrew Norwell, etc, without replacing them and still expect to win. *cough* Norman.

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      • acarneglia

        Norman really hasn’t lived up to his contract in Washington. Smith went to BAL for like 2 years or whatever it was and is out of the league. Didn’t see it as a good long term move to give Norwell that much money

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  1. Brad

    I’m sure they prefer an AFC team, but most NFC teams will be calling.

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    • TJECK109

      Wow it took that long for someone to say the Pats. Everyone would be a great fit for the Pats

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      • stug14

        Yup. The need secondary help. He would also be a good fit for the Steelers, which was mentioned above. Do you have a point?

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        • jeb39999

          Only way pats trade for Pederson is if they can get him for a 5th round pick.

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          • stug14

            Whoa whoa whoa let’s not get crazy. It would have to be Peterson and a 6th for a 5th

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  2. braves1088

    He won’t be traded. Owner and HC said not a chance.

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  3. Fr8GuyChris

    I’d love to see my hometown Indy Colts get Peterson. We saw what a difference Vontae Davis made years ago when we picked him up midseason from the Phins. The Colts have over $55M in cap space. And with a young linebacking core and the Maniac Darious Leonard leading the league in tackles. A stud CB would take this defense to the next level… Still doesn’t answer the problems on who Luck can throw the rock to, TY is not enough… And Eric Ebron is a Pro Bowl TE after coming here because there are not other options… But still, Peterson to the Colts makes lots of sense…

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  4. Fr8GuyChris

    The Indianapolis Colts make too much sense.. Send him to the other league, the Colts have $55M in cap space and a young talented defense that is starving for help at corner…

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  5. denny816

    Now is the time for Gutey to trade that second first rounder. Peterson anchoring the secondary with King, Alexander and Jackson.

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  6. Bubba

    This is sad how far Steve “ I will have another “ Keim and Steve “ worst coach in the NFL” has ruined this team. Keim was once an up and coming GM but those days are gone. Wilks is probably a nice guy who is a horrible head coach. Time to “ Turn out the lights the party’s over”. How quickly we fell

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  7. natsfan3437

    What about the falcons?
    Alford, 2nd round, 5th round for Peterson?

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