It sounds like Patrick Peterson no longer wants out of Arizona. With less than a week to go until the trade deadline, Peterson says he is committed to helping the Cardinals win.
“I’ve been incredibly frustrated with how the season has gone,” Peterson wrote in a statement. “But my energy is 100% focused on being part of the solution and helping us turn this around. I’ve never shied away from a challenge before and I’m not starting now. I have always given my all to the Cardinals organization, my teammates, and fans. That is what I intend to do for the years to come. I am an Arizona Cardinal, and my focus is on this week’s game.”
P2 has long been regarded as one of the league’s very best cornerbacks, but his talent has been wasted on a 1-6 Cardinals team with serious problems on both sides of the ball. Peterson ranks as Pro Football Focus’ No. 4 corner this season, but the Cardinals have allowed more than 26 points per game, including 45 points to the Broncos’ suspect offense last Thursday.
Peterson asked the Cardinals for a trade on Monday and the Saints and Eagles were said to have interest in him. The Saints, who probably didn’t have enough draft capital to land the All-Pro, acquired Eli Apple from the Giants on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the defending champs already have a tricky cap situation, so it would have been hard trade to pull off.
Peterson, 28, is in the midst of a five-year, $70MM extension. The Cardinals have him signed through his age-30 season in 2020, with cap numbers of $14.956MM, $11.884MM, and $13.184MM in each season.
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