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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

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.