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Ex-Cardinals players criticize team over Kyler Murray contract dispute

Kyler Murray in shoulder pads

Oct 24, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) against the Houston Texans in the second half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals have been hearing it from Kyler Murray’s camp over their handling of his contract situation. Now, former members of the team are taking aim as well.

Former Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds, who left the team this offseason to sign with the Miami Dolphins, admitted he was skeptical that Murray would end his career with Arizona and questioned the franchise’s culture.

“When you see (good) culture teams in the NFL, like the Baltimore Ravens, the New Orleans Saints, the San Francisco 49ers, those teams that no matter how talented they look, bro, from top to bottom, they just somehow find a way to win damn games,” Edmonds said on the “All Things Covered” podcast, via Jeremy Cluff of the Arizona Republic. “They just somehow find ways to continue to be in big games and successful seasons year after year … It’s something about that culture that you can’t really even put your finger on. Some teams have that culture, and some teams don’t and sometimes it starts from the top to the bottom. It takes its place. I feel like that’s kinda what it was for us.”

Longtime Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson also questioned the organization, citing Arizona’s inability to keep its best players.

“I think the thing that Arizona does a bad job of, dropping the ball is, keeping key guys, keeping core guys there that can help you continue to build,” Peterson said. “Like a Chandler Jones for example. If you are looking to win, if you are looking to compete for a Super Bowl championship, there’s no way in the world Chandler Jones should be walking away. I don’t care how you cut it. I’ve seen it time and time again with Calais Campbell … the list goes on. They have a tough problem just keeping guys there that mean something to the team.”

This is a pretty brutal assessment of the Cardinals organization. Worse, it comes from a player who was with them in 2021 in Edmonds and a franchise great in Peterson.

Murray wants a new deal from the Cardinals, though the team apparently has not made an offer yet. His long-term future with the organization is clearly in some doubt.

Patrick Peterson is first NFL player to take advantage of number rule change

Patrick Peterson

The new rule on NFL jersey numbers has provoked a lot of opinions and reaction around the league. Now, we have the first known high-profile player to take advantage of the rule.

Cornerback Patrick Peterson revealed on Sunday that he’ll be wearing No. 7 with the Minnesota Vikings, a number previously unavailable to NFL defensive backs. Peterson wore the number in college at LSU, but due to the previous restrictions, wore No. 21 up until now in the NFL.

The new rule hasn’t been popular with everyone. However, a lot of guys like Peterson could wear these numbers in college, then couldn’t in the NFL. Now that the opportunity is available to them again, they may take advantage.

There’s a key reason why some players may pass on changing their number. It doesn’t apply to Peterson, who only joined the Vikings last month.

Vikings add Patrick Peterson on 1-year deal

Patrick Peterson

The Minnesota Vikings are adding some help at cornerback.

Patrick Peterson is signing a 1-year, $10 million deal with Minnesota, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old cornerback just completed a 5-year, $70 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals and became a free agent. He chose to sign elsewhere and is getting solid money from the Vikings to help their secondary.

Peterson had 61 tackles and three interceptions last season. He was a Pro Bowler the first eight seasons of his career but has not made it the last two seasons.

Peterson is not as good as he once was, naturally, but he still remains a solid cornerback and had interest from several teams.

Peterson’s presence should ease the burden on developing corners Cam Dantzler and Jeff Gladney for Minnesota.

Photo: Jeffrey Beall/Wikimedia via CC BY-SA 3.0

Mike Evans names toughest defensive back he has faced in NFL

Mike Evans

Mike Evans is among the best receivers in the NFL, but even he has trouble with some defensive backs at times.

Evans was a guest on a recent edition of The Players’ Tribune’s “Truss Levelz” podcast. He was asked who the best defensive back is he has faced in the NFL. He mentioned Marcus Lattimore as being good. Then he said Patrick Peterson was the toughest one he has faced, though his caveat is that it was early in his career.

“Patrick Peterson, he’s probably the toughest early in my career. Usually I love when guys press me. He was one-on-one a lot of the game too. And he was just so physical and smart and knew what route was coming, ball skills through the roof. He was that deal,” Evans said.

Other cornerbacks Evans mentioned as being tough include Casey Hayward, James Bradberry, Janoris Jenkins, Marlon Humphries and Marcus Peters.

Evans has been in the NFL since being the No. 7 overall draft pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014. He’s had over 1,000 yards receiving in every season of his career and has made three Pro Bowls. In his first season working with Tom Brady, Evans has 57 catches for 779 and 11 touchdowns. He also doesn’t mind arguing his spot in the best player rankings, either.

Patrick Peterson shares thoughts on contract situation with Cardinals

Patrick Peterson

Patrick Peterson is entering the final season of his current deal with the Arizona Cardinals, and the Pro Bowl cornerback is hoping to work out an extension with the team. If that doesn’t happen, however, it does not sound like he intends to hold out.

Peterson was asked about his contract situation on Thursday. While he’s “optimistic” about getting a new deal from Cardinals, he said he has a chip on his shoulder and is ready to prove himself in 2020 if need be.

It probably would have been easier for Peterson to land an extension had he not been suspended for six games last season due to a PED violation. Peterson looked a step slow when he came back and did not round into form until later in the season, so he can’t blame the Cardinals for not wanting to commit several more years to him.

Though some of his cryptic social media activity led people to believe he wanted out of Arizona at one point, Peterson says he wants to finish his career with the Cardinals. The 29-year-old is right that he has to prove himself before the team wants to pay big money to make that happen.

Kliff Kingsbury jokes Patrick Peterson owes Cardinals in light of suspension

Patrick Peterson

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson will sit out the first six games of the 2019 season due to a suspension, but he’s left a bit of a parting gift.

Peterson bought the team ice cream before he departs the team due to his drug-related suspension. That prompted a joke from coach Kliff Kingsbury, who said it was the “least he could do” in light of the suspension.

Yes, Kingsbury was joking. It’s a pretty good zinger, though, as long as Peterson isn’t bothered by it.

If nothing else, Peterson’s ice cream treat should endear himself to his teammates. Maybe it’s another sign that he still wants to stick around for a while after his 2018 trade demand.

Patrick Peterson would ‘love to be a Cardinal for life’ despite drama

Patrick Peterson

Patrick Peterson was extremely frustrated with the Arizona Cardinals last season to the point where he asked the team to trade him, but a lot has changed over the past several months. Now, the All-Pro cornerback insists he is perfectly content right where he is.

Peterson was a guest on SiriusXM NFL Radio Friday, and he discussed some of the reasons he wanted out of Arizona. He admitted he was frustrated at times last season getting used to a new coaching staff and new defensive scheme, and he also defended himself for wanting a change of scenery.

“People upstairs can trade players and try to shop players around whenever they need to, so I didn’t see what was wrong with me asking for a trade at the time,” Peterson said. “It kind of works both ways, but right now I’m in a very, very happy place with the team.”

Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, and one report claimed he was upset with the Cardinals for not agreeing to rework his deal before the suspension was handed down. Even if that is true, he appears to have made amends with the higher-ups.

“I would love to be a Cardinal for life, but things happen,” he said. “Something can change next month. Things happen not only in football, but in the world in general. I would love to be a Cardinal for life. I would love to be one of the guys to bring that organization its first championship.”

It seemed like Peterson’s future in Arizona could be in doubt as recently as April, when he had a cryptic post on social media. He has obviously worked through some things, and the suspension probably made any potential trade impossible, anyway.

Patrick Peterson was upset Cardinals wouldn’t rework deal before suspension?

Patrick Peterson

Patrick Peterson has known for quite some time that he was facing a suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, and that may have had something to do with why he seemed unhappy with the Arizona Cardinals.

Peterson created a stir on social media last month with a cryptic post that made it seem like his future in Arizona was in doubt. According to John Gambadoro of 98.7 FM Arizona Sports, Peterson’s discontent was directly related to his suspension, as he was hoping the Cardinals would rework his deal before the NFL handed down punishment.

Peterson has two years remaining on his current contract and is scheduled to make $11 million in 2019 and a little over $12 million in 2020. Had the Cardinals been willing to work with him on a new deal, he believes he could have saved himself $2 million of the nearly $4 million he will have to forfeit during his six-game ban.

For what it’s worth, Gambadoro does not believe the NFL would have approved such a restructure with a suspension looming.

If Peterson was hoping the Cardinals would help protect some of his salary, it would not have been unprecedented. Back in 2016, the New England Patriots signed Tom Brady to a two-year extension that paid him less in the short-term and more in the later years. That allowed him to save $2 million when he was eventually suspended four games over the Deflategate scandal.

However, Brady’s new contract was agreed to before the Deflategate situation played out, so the circumstances may have been a bit different. After Peterson tested positive for PEDs, it was obvious that a suspension was coming.

Peterson seemed unhappy with the Cardinals last season but eventually publicly apologized for the way he handled things. New Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury said this week that he is unsure if Peterson will show up to OTAs, so the relationship could be back on rocky ground.

Report: Patrick Peterson suspended six games for PED violation

Patrick Peterson

Patrick Peterson has been one of the most reliable players in football for the last eight seasons, but the All-Pro cornerback is not going to be able to contribute anything for the Arizona Cardinals to start the 2019 season.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Peterson has been suspended six games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. He initially appealed but has now decided to accept the punishment.

Peterson, who has not missed a game since he was drafted by the Cardinals with the No. 5 overall pick back in 2011, recently hinted that he was unhappy with the organization and may want a trade. That was months after he publicly apologized for demanding a trade last season.

New Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury recently said he was unsure if Peterson would be present for OTAs. It’s unclear if that had anything to do with the eight-time Pro Bowler’s suspension.

Cardinals coach ‘not sure’ if Patrick Peterson will attend OTAs

Patrick Peterson

Disgruntled Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson may be a no-show at the team’s OTAs.

According to coach Kliff Kingsbury, Peterson’s status for voluntary workouts is uncertain.

This is hardly the end of the world for the Cardinals. Peterson is a veteran, and these workouts are optional. Still, in a new coach’s first offeseason, it’s certain that Kingsbury would probably prefer his star defensive back to be there. This will also increase speculation about Peterson’s happiness, as he hinted at some frustration with the organization earlier this summer.