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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was not that long ago that Peterson went out of his way to publicly apologize for demanding a trade last season, so it’s unclear what — if anything — has changed.
Antonio Brown took to Twitter on Tuesday to officially bid farewell to Pittsburgh Steelers fans, and it didn’t take long before another veteran player began recruiting him publicly.
After Brown tweeted that it is “time to move on and forward,” Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson was quick to reach out.
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.
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.