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Patrick Peterson on Richard Sherman trash talk: I don’t know if he’s having fun with it

Patrick PetersonThe trash talk between Patrick Peterson and Richard Sherman continued after Peterson announced on Twitter Tuesday that he signed a new big-money deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

The whole thing between the two cornerbacks started in May when Peterson said he felt he was worth more than Sherman, who had just signed a new deal to become the highest-paid corner in the league. Peterson took it a step further by saying Sherman has it easier because of his system. Sherman responded by playing the numbers game — he shared stats that showed he was the top cornerback in the league last season.

The zingers continued Tuesday after Sherman retweeted something that could be considered a shot at Peterson, and Peterson responded. Now Peterson says there is no beef between them and they’re just playing around.

“I don’t know how he feels about but I think it’s just fun, healthy competition,” Peterson said in an interview with ESPN Wednesday. “I’m having fun with it. Sometimes it seems like he’s a little salty about it. But it is what it is. I don’t have any problems with Richard. I don’t have any beef with him. I’m having fun. I don’t know if he’s having fun.”

Not only is Peterson having fun with things, but he also thinks the competition will make him better.

“I think it’s just going to make me take my game to the next level,” Peterson said. “Obviously, we had our exchanges over the last month or so — obviously he’s still exchanging words this morning. But like I said, it is what it is. “I have no harsh feelings toward Richard, I wish him the best of luck throughout his career, throughout his season. I guess it’ll be much-watch TV when we play Seattle.”

Oh, I’ve got news for you, Patrick, I’m positive Richard is having fun with the trash talk. What would Sherman’s life be if he weren’t getting into it with someone? That’s what he’s all about.

Richard Sherman takes jab at Patrick Peterson after Peterson’s extension

Patrick PetersonPatrick Peterson announced on Tuesday night that he has signed a five-year, $70 million contract extension with the Arizona Cardinals. This next piece of information may shock you — Richard Sherman did not congratulate him.

Peterson’s deal, which he says includes $48 million guaranteed, is one year longer than the four-year, $56 million extension Sherman signed and includes $8 million more in guaranteed money at the same average annual value. After Peterson’s deal was announced, Sherman had a pretty timely retweet.

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Peterson then tweeted something that was clearly directed toward Sherman, and Sherman responded the only way he knows how.

We’re not surprised Sherman threw shade at Peterson, as Peterson tried to increase his leverage with the Cardinals by saying he is a better cornerback than Sherman and criticizing Sherman’s game. In reality, both are tremendous players who deserve to be paid at or near the top of their position. Just don’t expect either to admit that about his counterpart.

H/T Jimmy Traina’s Big Buzz

Richard Sherman tosses more stats at Patrick Peterson

Richard-Sherman-interviewPatrick Peterson is looking for a contract extension from the Arizona Cardinals, and he has been trying to use Richard Sherman as a pawn. By downplaying what Sherman has accomplished with the Seattle Seahawks, Peterson is hoping to prove that he is just as good a player — if not better — and parlay that into a fat contract. Sherman isn’t having it.

As we know all too well, Sherman is never one to sit quietly while a fellow player criticizes his game. After Peterson said on Thursday that he is asked to do much more than Sherman with the Cardinals, Sherman fired back with some stats.

Of course, this is still an endless argument. Sherman can pump out all the stats he wants, but the argument against him is that he only plays one side of the field and is not asked to shadow his opponent’s best receiver. People like Peterson argue that his stats would not be as great if he stepped outside the Seahawks’ system.

Sherman has gotten into Twitter wars over his abilities with several players already. He loves every second of it and uses it as motivation on the field. Seahawks fans should pray he never stops getting called out.

Patrick Peterson: Richard Sherman would not last in our system

Patrick PetersonFor the most part, there are two groups of people when it comes to the Richard Sherman debate: those who believe he is the best all-around cornerback in the league, and those who believe he is a product of a great Seattle Seahawks system. Arizona Cardinals corner Patrick Peterson has firmly planted himself in the latter category.

During an interview with Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday, Peterson said Sherman would not be able to handle the responsibilities he has in Arizona.

“Obviously his job is much easier than mine,” Peterson said. “If you look at their scheme and you look at our scheme, he’s a Cover-3 corner, period. A lot of guys say he’s a shutdown corner, but if you look at film and guys who understand the game, go back and look at film and see how his defense is.

“I believe if you put him in our system, I don’t think he’d be able to last, honestly, because I’m asked to do much more than he is.”

We have heard that argument about Sherman many times before, and it has some merit. Still, the Seahawks should know their system better than anyone else. And if they thought any average corner could come in and be as productive as Sherman, why would they have signed him to a four-year, $57 million extension earlier this offseason?

When Peterson was reminded that Pro Football Focus ranked him 16th in the NFL last year at the cornerback position and Sherman sixth, he stuck to his argument.

“That’s all fine and dandy, but he’s only covering space, he’s not really covering a guy,” Peterson replied. “At the end of the day he has great stats, he has great playmaking ability — I’m not taking that away from him because he is a good corner. But as far as being a shutdown corner, man-to-man guy, in my eyes, I don’t believe he’s that.”

Remember, Peterson is trying to get a contract that is somewhere in the neighborhood of the one Sherman got. His comments are more about business than anything.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Patrick Peterson: I’m worth more than Richard Sherman

Patrick PetersonRichard Sherman believes he is the best cornerback in the NFL, and the Seattle Seahawks obviously agree. Sherman signed a four-year, $57 million extension with the Seahawks last week that includes $40 million guaranteed, making him the highest-paid corner in the league.

Cardinals DB Patrick Peterson thinks he is worth more than Sherman.

Peterson and the Arizona Cardinals are in the process of negotiating an extension to his rookie deal. When asked if he’s worth more than Sherman, Peterson had the following to say.

“We’ll see,” he said, via ESPN.com. “Got to ask the Cardinals. I mean, I think I am but at the end of the day both sides have to agree to terms and we’ll see what those terms are and hopefully sooner than later.”

Peterson is a versatile player who has excelled in the kick and punt return games and even played some wide receiver. He’s a two-time All Pro who has made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three NFL seasons. Still, he’s probably the only one who thinks the Cardinals might give him more money than Sherman got.

“I’m making OK money right now, but I’m just not making (Sherman’s) money right now,” Peterson added. “I think cornerbacks are definitely worth the dollars that they get because now this league is a passing league. You need that shutdown corner to lock down one side of the field, or like myself, go out there the entire field.”

Sherman has been criticized for being used on one side of the field instead of shadowing his opponents’ best receiver, which is what Peterson seemed to be alluding to.

Aqib Talib was considered the best free agent cornerback on the market this offseason, and he got $26 million guaranteed from the Denver Broncos. That’s $14 million less than the Seahawks gave Sherman. Peterson is likely to get closer to Talib money than Sherman money.

Patrick Peterson fires agent ahead of contract negotiation

Patrick PetersonPatrick Peterson fired his agent ahead of a big contract extension negotiation, and the agent is fuming because he believes his former client was improperly poached.

Peterson, who was the No. 5 overall pick in the NFL draft in 2011 by the Arizona Cardinals, will likely begin talks with the team in a few months about a contract extension that could make him the highest-paid defensive player in the league. He fired agent Patrick Lawlor on Monday night, and Lawlor believes the new agency enticed Peterson by promising financial incentives.

“Do I believe whoever signs [Peterson] offered him a financial inducement to sign him? Yes,” Lawlor said, via Yahoo! Sports. “Only time will tell. But that has been the trend that has been going on where these agents have been stealing clients from other agents by offering them ‘marketing guarantees.’ It’s completely preposterous. It’s gotten out of hand but the NFLPA totally disregards it. They don’t see it as some type of inducement when it absolutely is. They say in their rules and regulations that you can’t provide compensation to players to lure them in as clients, and yet it happens all the time.”

Lawlor says he plans to file a complaint with the union over the situation. He says he considers himself a “little guy” in the industry who can’t compete with that.

“A little guy like me can’t compete with these large agencies who are putting these massive marketing guarantees out there. It’s a hidden little rule and it’s disgusting.”

He’s probably right. His website shows that he has 13 clients, and the only really notable ones he has are Peterson and Peterson’s close friend and teammate, Tyrann Mathieu. If he loses Peterson before the big payday, that will be extremely damaging to his business. It’s no wonder why he’s fuming.

Bruce Arians: Patrick Peterson could be a top-five receiver in the NFL

Patrick-Peterson-CardinalsThe Arizona Cardinals have been giving cornerback Patrick Peterson several reps at wide receiver during practice this offseason. Either head coach Bruce Arians is planning to use the former fifth overall pick on both sides of the ball, or he’s wasting everyone’s time. Based on what he says, it sounds like the former is true.

Not only has Arians put together a package of about 15 plays for Peterson on offense every practice, but he also thinks Peterson could be one of the best receivers in the NFL.

“I had hopes that he could be something special in a package a week, but after you see the athlete he is, it’s like the guy could be one of the top five receivers in the league,” Arians told Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. “So, you say, ‘Hmmm, that’s a lot of weapons sitting over here next to me.”

Arians said that Peterson likely will not play on offense if the defense has been on the field for a long time during the series prior, but he is clearly trying to get the football in his hands as much as possible. He said he will give punt returns to someone else if Peterson needs rest, but that he doesn’t want to “take too many touches away from him.” And Peterson is welcoming the extra work.

“I put myself through some tough training in the off-season,” he said. “My body can definitely take the wear and tear. I feel I’m the best-conditioned guy on the team.

“(Arians) kind of put a bug in my ear when he did get hired. I didn’t know he was going to take it this far.”

There is no question Peterson is a versatile athlete, but he has caught only four passes in his NFL career. A top-five receiver in the NFL? Come on now. I seem to remember a certain New York Jets corner thinking he was one of the best receivers on the team, and nothing ever came of that. I’m sure Peterson could be effective, but I doubt he’s going to be AJ Green.

H/T Pro Football Talk