Tension Between Cardinals, Patrick Peterson?

There could be trouble brewing in Arizona. Apparently, cornerback Patrick Peterson is not happy with the Cardinals after someone in the front office said something that “pissed him off,” Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic tweets. Meanwhile, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com tweets that Peterson is disappointed with some of the decisions being made by the club’s front office. Weinfuss adds that Peterson is unlikely to report to the team’s minicamp the rest of the week.

This might help to explain Tuesday morning rumors of a pending Peterson trade, though Somers’ source says the situation is not “that big of a deal..yet.” In any event, it’s a situation worth monitoring.

When it comes to trade buzz, this isn’t P2’s first rodeo. He demanded a deal in 2018, though he apologized for his trade request in January and said he’s in Arizona “to stay.”

The Cardinals were 1-6 when P2 originally made his request last year and ultimately finished with a 3-13 record, their worst mark during Peterson’s eight-year run in the desert. Teams like the Saints and Eagles were reportedly interested in acquiring Peterson, but he rescinded his trade demand only two days after making it.

Peterson, a three-time first-team All Pro and eight-time Pro Bowler, is signed through the 2020 campaign thanks to the five-year, $70MM+ extension he inked with the club in 2014. He’s slated to carry cap numbers of $11.9MM and $13.184MM in each of the next two seasons.

Last year, Peterson extended his games played/started streak to 128 and tallied two interceptions, five pass deflections, one sack, and 54 tackles. He earned his eighth consecutive Pro Bowl nod and graded out as Pro Football Focus’ No. 5 ranked CB in the NFL, edging out Jason McCourty, Kyle Fuller, Bryce Callahan, Prince Amukamara, and Jonathan Joseph. Only Stephon Gilmore, Desmond King II, Chris Harris Jr., and Levi Wallace placed ahead of him.

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