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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

Patrick Peterson: Playing against Calvin Johnson will show I’m NFL’s best corner

Patrick-Peterson-CardinalsIf there is one player in the NFL who will never have to toot his own horn, it has to be Calvin Johnson. The Detroit Lions receiver hardly ever says much, but it feels like every week there is a new defender talking about how he is going to prove himself by shutting down Megatron. This week, that defender is Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson.

“I think I am the best cornerback in the league right now,” Peterson told reporters this week according to DetroitLions.com. “I think I’m doing everything that I need to do to keep my name in consideration of the best cornerback. But at the end of the day, I have to go out there and continue playing hard and continue being the person that I am, continue preparing, continue having that confidence within myself on Sundays and go out there and make the necessary plays that I need to make for this defense.

“You know, me and Calvin, we’re the same caliber players. You know, just he’s a receiver and I’m a DB. I just think going against him each and every play is definitely going to get me notoriety as being one of the best corners in the game, especially if I do what I need to do on Sunday.”

Shutting down Johnson is certainly an accomplishment, but I wish corners would just stop talking about it in the days leading up to their games against the Lions. This season alone we have had not one, but two defensive backs change their Twitter handles to “Optimus Prime” in anticipation of their matchup against the one they call Megatron. What ever happened to just playing the game?

H/T Pro Football Talk

Devin Hester Upset Patrick Peterson Got Pro Bowl Nod Over Him

Bears special teamer and wide receiver Devin Hester is considered to be the best return man in NFL history. He has a career-record 17 returns for touchdowns, and he is tied for the single-season lead for punt returns for a score (4) and kick returns (4). Arizona Cardinals rookie Patrick Peterson tied Hester’s record with four punts returned for a score this season, and he earned the kick returner spot for the NFC Pro Bowl team. That has Hester pretty upset.

“Heck yeah I’m disappointed,” Hester said Friday. “I’m not going to lie. I was a little upset. But he did a job this year.”

Hester has three return touchdowns and actually has a higher punt return average (17.3 yards) than Peterson (15.9), but Patrick took more to the house. Hester is listed as the first alternate but he doesn’t expect Peterson to miss the game.

Hester is the more accomplished player, but Peterson made more of a difference this year and deserved the honor.

Willie Lyles’ Patrick Peterson Recruiting Report Only Makes Oregon Look Worse

A report published Wednesday evening alleges that Willie Lyles told a Texas A&M coach in 2007 that he had to pay at least $80,000 to land Patrick Peterson who was one of the top rated defensive backs coming out of high school. Peterson became a star at LSU and is considered to be a likely top-five pick in the NFL draft, but this story is less about him and more about Willie Lyles.

Lyles’ name should be familiar to you because he’s the proprietor of Complete Scouting Services, a recruiting service that was paid $25,000 by Oregon a few weeks after highly touted running back prospect Lache Seastrunk committed to the school. The amount of money Oregon paid for the services renders seemed absurdly high and like something that should not have cost more than $5,000. Many people suspected that the $25,000 to Lyles’ company was a way of disguising a payment issued to the trainer for helping to steer Seastrunk to Eugene.

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Patrick Peterson Does the Heisman Pose

LSU junior cornerback Patrick Peterson is one of the most exciting players in the country. Despite being robbed of a pick in the Bama/LSU game last year, Peterson has eight career INTs including two last weekend against Mississippi State. His dynamic ability led to the coaches also placing him in a special teams return role this year. The junior from Pompano Beach, Florida has already responded.

Peterson took a punt 60 yards to the house to make it 17-0 LSU against West Virginia in the second quarter Saturday night. What appeared to be a blowout in the making turned into a low-scoring game (they won 20-14), so the TD was huge for the Tigers. Peterson was well aware of his big play and decided to celebrate in the most recognizable way. Instead of getting caught in action like Denard Robinson last week, Peterson’s Heisman pose was premeditated. That doesn’t make it any bit less cool. Check it:

LSU’s tried to spark a Patrick Peterson for the Heisman Trophy campaign, so there’s nothing wrong with a little self promotion to help remind the voters. Sadly for Peterson, I don’t think he’ll become the first DB to win the Trophy since Charles Woodson did in 1997.

Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

SEC Officials Miss Call on LSU Interception by Patrick Peterson

Several SEC games have been marred by poor calls from the officials. To me, the worst case was in the Florida/Arkansas game, where the conference admitted they screwed up the calls that went against the Hogs to help the Gators. The storyline that has been prevalent throughout the season continues to take center stage as it did on Saturday in the LSU/Bama game. With Alabama up 21-15 in the 4th quarter, Greg McElroy threw a pass that appeared to have been picked off by Patrick Peterson on the sidelines. The referees reviewed the play but decided he was out of bounds. Here’s a replay of the Patrick Peterson interception video that was screwed up by the refs:

Andy Staples at SI took a picture on the sidelines which shows Peterson got his foot (both actually) in on the play. The argument I will buy is that Peterson didn’t have possession of the football until he was out of bounds. Thing is, when you slow it down on replay you can see he had control and got his feet in. Missing it live is completely understandable. How they missed it after reviewing the play leaves me scratching my head.