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Patrick Peterson | Defensive Back

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/11/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 219
College: LSU
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Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson will not play on special teams or offense this season.
Peterson had a package of offensive plays last season, resulting in six catches and four carries. He's also been one of the game's premier punt returners for the last three seasons, averaging 10.3 yards per return and scoring four touchdowns. But the Cardinals are preparing to sign him to a Richard Sherman/Joe Haden kind of deal, and don't need to risk injury with returners Ted Ginn/John Brown now on the roster. May 14 - 11:43 AM

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ESPN reports the Cardinals and CB Patrick Peterson are discussing a long-term contract extension that could be worth more than $60 million.

With Richard Sherman securing a $57 million extension that included $40 million guaranteed from the Seahawks last week, Peterson's agent and the Cardinals now have a template to work from. Peterson won't turn 24 until July. He's under team control through 2015 at just under $13 million, so there's no rush to get a deal done. Peterson and Joe Haden are next up for big extensions.
Source: ESPN
May 13 - 10:10 AM

Arizona coach Bruce Arians confirmed the team is unlikely to use CB Patrick Peterson as a wide receiver or kick returner after adding WR Ted Ginn Jr. in free agency and drafting WR John Brown in the third round.

The Cardinals tried and failed to get Peterson involved in the offense last season, and it seems that experiment is officially over. Ginn Jr. is expected to handle the kick and punt returning duties and help the offense as a situational deep threat. Brown can also help as a returner and brings blazing speed the wide receiver corps. Peterson can now focus on his main job as top-flight corner.
May 10 - 12:00 PM

The Cardinals are not believed to be in serious extension negotiations with Patrick Peterson yet.

There's no real rush as Peterson is under club control cheaply through 2015. The Cards will likely let the Seahawks set the market with the Richard Sherman deal and then start building from there. Both of these NFC West corners are going to shatter the current high-water mark for corners by pushing for $40+ million in guarantees.
Apr 30 - 11:46 AM

Cardinals exercised CB Patrick Peterson's fifth-year club option for 2015.

This was an easy call for the Cardinals, who now have Peterson under contract for $12.969 million over the next two seasons. Improving every year as a cover corner, Peterson's punt return production has dropped off in recent seasons, but he has proven capable of matching up one on one with the NFL's top receivers. When he came out of LSU, there was concern Peterson might eventually have to move to safety due to his heavy build (6'1/219). Instead, he's settled in as an elite cornerback and will be getting a monster long-term contract soon.
Apr 21 - 3:11 PM

DC Todd Bowles said Patrick Peterson will still be asked to shadow receivers at times.

In theory, the Cardinals could just "play sides" with their corners as long as newly signed Antonio Cromartie returns to 2012 form. But that would represent an under-utilization of Peterson, a potentially dominant press-man corner that is entering his prime. "It won't influence what Pat does," Bowles said of Cromartie's arrival. "They both match up well. Some games Pat will be matching up, some games Cromartie will be matching up, depending on the receiver."
Mar 27 - 11:38 AM

The Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals plan to exercise Patrick Peterson's fifth-year option for 2015 this offseason, and to begin extension talks.

The Cards have until May 3 to officially exercise Peterson's option. The extra year of team control gives Arizona leeway in long-term talks. Peterson fired his agent in January, fueling speculation that he was angling for an extension. Peterson passed up an opportunity last month to say he wouldn't hold out.
Mar 25 - 6:26 PM

Appearing on Tuesday's Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network, Patrick Peterson passed up an opportunity to say he wasn't considering a holdout.

Angling for a contract extension, Peterson recently switched agents. "I can’t speak on that right now," Peterson said. "Me and my agent, we haven’t talked about some of those possibilities. But hopefully we can get something done." Peterson is technically signed through just 2014, but the Cardinals can exercise a fifth-year option on his rookie contract. Arizona holds most of the cards in long-term talks.
Feb 4 - 9:54 PM

AZCardinals.com's Darren Urban doesn't expect CB Patrick Peterson to receive a contract extension this offseason.

Peterson recently changed agents, leading to speculation that he's pushing for a new deal. The Cardinals can exercise a fifth-year option to keep Peterson under contract through 2015 and seem likely to wait until next year to begin long-term talks. Peterson has made the Pro Bowl in two straight seasons and graded out as the No. 16 corner in Pro Football Focus' year-end ratings. He's expected to command over $50 million guaranteed on his next contract.
Jan 24 - 8:34 PM

Patrick Peterson fired his agent, Patrick Lawlor, on Monday night.

Peterson is expected to hire Joel Segal of Lagardere Unlimited as his new representation, just a few months before he's set to begin negotiating a long-term deal with the Cardinals. Peterson has one year left on his rookie deal following the 2013 season, and he's expected to command over $50 million guaranteed on a new contract. Peterson is Pro Football Focus' No. 8 corner.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 06:46:00 PM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim compares RCB Patrick Peterson to Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders.

"I've never been a part of a team with a more valuable defensive player," Keim raved. "Then you consider the guy can really help you in three phases of the game — defense, special teams and now as a receiver. He is one of a kind." Peterson has been taking regular snaps on offense this summer. Peterson's game doesn't quite yet match his reputation on defense, but that could change this season.
Wed, Aug 14, 2013 05:50:00 PM

RCB Patrick Peterson is in about 15 of the Cardinals' offensive plays.

Coach Bruce Arians claims Peterson could be a top-five NFL wideout. He's using his best corner and dynamic return man on the outside, in the slot and at wingback. We don't doubt Peterson's athletic ability, but any more than a fistful of snaps in four-wide sets all year would be a surprise. Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts won't be coming off the field much.
Source: SI.com
Mon, Aug 5, 2013 09:18:00 AM

Cardinals RCB Patrick Peterson ran routes as a receiver in Tuesday's training-camp session.

It's something Peterson occasionally did as a rookie. Although it's an interesting wrinkle for aggressive, vertically-minded coach Bruce Arians, we don't expect Peterson to see anything other than the isolated snap on offense this season.
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 06:45:00 PM

Mike Jurecki of XTRA Phoenix reports the Cardinals would like to extend CB Patrick Peterson's contract this season.

Still just 22, Peterson has two years left on his rookie deal. He was burned regularly early in his career, but showed signs of stardom as a sophomore last season. After grading out as the No. 102 corner in Pro Football Focus' 2011 ratings, Peterson checked in at No. 18. He also upped his interception total from two to seven. Peterson will likely seek upwards of $10 million annually.
Mon, Apr 29, 2013 07:09:00 PM

New Cardinals coach Bruce Arians plans to keep RCB Patrick Peterson on punt returns.

Peterson's punt-return efficiency slipped dramatically in his second NFL season, but the special teams workload has yet to affect his pass coverage. "He can’t get his hands on the ball enough for me," Arians said. "As long as the other team is punting, he’s going to be back there." Peterson averaged 15.9 yards on 44 punt returns with four touchdowns as a rookie. In 2012, his average slipped to 8.4 yards on 51 chances without a score.
Fri, Feb 8, 2013 02:25:00 PM

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