Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson is indicating his discontentment with the franchise on social media, and now we have a vague idea why.
According to ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss, Peterson’s agitated social media actions stem from “disappointment” with decisions made by the team’s front office. It does not appear he will be attending the team’s minicamp, either.
Patrick Peterson’s actions today stem from him being “disappointed” by decisions being made by the Cardinals’ front office, a source told me. All signs are pointing to Peterson not being at minicamp the rest of the week, either.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic added that, according to a source close to Peterson, someone in the organization said something that “pissed him off.” At the moment, it is not believed to be enough to cause Peterson to try to force an exit from Arizona.
Source close to @p2 told me someone in Cardinals management said something to Peterson that “pissed him off.” Enough to spur a trade? “I don’t think it’s that big of a deal…yet” Declined to say more.
Peterson’s social media post in question depicted him with several players let go by the team, so the root of it may be dissatisfaction with how the team is handling its offseason. It’s worth remembering that Peterson demanded a trade during the season, but ownership managed to talk him down. Perhaps he was expecting the situation in Arizona to change more quickly, and it simply hasn’t happened.
Patrick Peterson indicated a few months ago that he had settled any differences he may have had with the Arizona Cardinals, but the All-Pro cornerback could be sending messages once again that he is unhappy.
On Tuesday, Peterson had a cryptic Instagram post that had fans wondering if his future in Arizona is in doubt.
“My boys told me to watch out for the snakes in the long grass! #savageSZN,” Peterson wrote alongside a photo of him with several former Cardinals players who were either traded or not re-signed by the team.
Former Cardinals running back Chris Johnson was among those who replied to Peterson’s post when he wrote, “AZ always gonna be the same until they make changes upstairs.”
If that wasn’t enough of an indication that there is trouble in paradise, a Reddit user also pointed out that Peterson removed all references to the Cardinals from his Twitter bio. He used to have things like “proud member of the #birdgang” on his profile, but that was removed as of Tuesday morning.
Like Brown, Peterson is a Pro Bowl player who has spent his entire career with one team. Ironically, Peterson actually tried to force his way out of Arizona during the 2018 season, but he later apologized and committed to the franchise.
Brown remains under contract with the Steelers, but he’s probably going to get his wish at some point. While there has been talk that the All-Pro has his sights set on a certain team, he doesn’t exactly control his own destiny. Peterson isn’t the first player to recruit Brown via social media, but the receiver is not a free agent.
Last season, it looked like Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson was preparing to push his way out of the organization. A lot has changed in a few months, though.
On Wednesday, speaking at the WM Phoenix Open’s pro-am tournament, Peterson told Cardinals fans that he was “here to stay,” and even went as far as to apologize for the trade demand he made during the season.
Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson took the mic on the 16th hole of the pro am at the @WMPhoenixOpen and apologized for asking for a trade this season and said he's "here to stay"
In late October, Peterson was reported to have wanted out “desperately.” The Cardinals did not grant his wish, instead offering him some assurances about the future as they limped to a 3-13 season. Since then, he’s been committed to the organization, and his statement Wednesday should leave no doubt as to where he stands going forward.
Patrick Peterson had a great reaction to the news that Larry Fitzgerald would be returning for another season.
The Arizona Cardinals announced on Wednesday that Fitzgerald had signed a one-year contract to play in 2019. When Peterson was told of the news from Orlando, where he is for the Pro Bowl, he was genuinely enthusiastic.
Asked Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson on Larry Fitzgerald returning for another year: “What? He’s coming back? So he’s coming back? I thought he was going to retire, man. I’m so happy to hear that!”
With the Arizona Cardinals 3-12 heading into Week 17, the expectation is that head coach Steve Wilks will be fired after his first season on the job. If some of the team’s most respected veterans are given a say, however, Wilks may get another shot.
Patrick Peterson, who has been with the Cardinals for all eight of his NFL seasons, was asked this week about reports that have indicated Wilks will be fired. The All-Pro cornerback said he is not anticipating a coaching change and threw his full support behind Wilks.
“I definitely hope those speculations are false, but at the end of the day, that’s something that’s out my control,” Peterson said, per Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic. “But as players, we’re planning to have coach back next year.”
The Cardinals have scored the fewest points in the league and have the largest point differential in the league, but Wilks was not exactly expected to turn the team into a playoff contender in his first year. Even if a 3-12 record is more disappointing than Arizona’s brass anticipated, it seems clear that Wilks has not lost his locker room.
“It’s been a tough season for us, but we all love coach,” Peterson added. “He’s a heck of a motivator, just the way he’s able to get guys going for games and the messages that he sends across. … Just everything about coach, he’s a man’s man.”
Peterson is not the first Cardinals player to come out and support Wilks publicly, and that should bode well for his future with the team. The fact that star players want the coach to stick around following a terrible season says a lot.
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson seemed to publicly back down from his trade demand on Wednesday, releasing a statement saying he was focused on trying to help turn the organization around and would remain there for years to come.
The turnabout for Peterson, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, came after a meeting with Cardinals president Michael Bidwill. There, he received assurances from ownership that the Cardinals are committed to turning things around.
Back story to Patrick Peterson announcing he's staying with Arizona: He met Tuesday for 30 minutes with Cardinals president Michael Bidwill. They discussed ways for the Cardinals to get better and for Peterson to be a leader. PP got assurances from ownership about winning.
The Cardinals are a miserable 1-6, and it doesn’t look like they’ll be turning things around this season. Peterson will have to take ownership at their word, because it’s a roster that needs a lot of work.
The 2018 season has seen an infusion of a lot of great young defensive talent, plus several veterans either continuing or reclaiming their feared status among NFL offenses. Even though scoring is the name of the game in this year’s NFL, there are still players on the other side of the ball who are exciting and have a huge impact on the outcome of games.
With that in mind, here are the ten biggest defensive standouts of the 2018 season so far.
10) Derwin James, S, Chargers
James has an excellent case for Defensive Rookie of the Year as a do-it-all safety who has contributed in both the pass rush and coverage. He already has six QB hits and 3.5 sacks on the season, clearly being utilized well by the Chargers in that department, as well as an interception and 44 total tackles. It’s scary how good James already is and how much better he’ll likely get, and it’s showing in the performances he’s already putting together.
The Arizona Cardinals are 1-6 and going nowhere, but they reportedly have resisted trading Peterson. They know he’s a shutdown corner and probably figure the 28-year-old can still give them at least a few more good years.
If Arizona does decide to part ways with Peterson, there will be several interested teams. Peterson is under contract through 2020.
Arizona Cardinals standout cornerback Patrick Peterson wants out, according to a report.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday that Peterson “desperately” wants out of Arizona and has asked for a trade, but for now, the Cardinals are resisting.
Cardinals’ All Pro CB Patrick Peterson has asked Arizona to deal him by the Oct. 30 trade deadline, per league sources. Peterson feels as if the situation is deteriorating and continues to reaffirm to others that he “desperately” wants out, per source.
One of the game’s premier defensive backs, Peterson’s availability would certainly shake up the trade market. The seven-time Pro Bowler has consistently won high praise from coaches and remains a shutdown corner in his prime, still just 28 years old.
The Cardinals will understandably try to stand in the way of a trade, and he’s signed through 2020, so the ball is really in their court. At 1-6 and clearly going nowhere, it’s hard to tell if they’d really want to stand pat and risk Peterson growing increasingly disgruntled, especially if someone offers a first-round pick or a similarly large haul for him.