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Arizona Cardinals Patrick Peterson Signs Extension

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Arizona Cardinals The Arizona Cardinals and cornerback Patrick Peterson have agreed to a 5 year $70 million contract extension, of which $48 million is guaranteed. This deal makes Patrick Peterson the highest paid cornerback in the NFL. Peterson’s new deal will keep him under contract in Arizona until 2020.

This deal gives Peterson more money than other extensions recently signed by high profile cornerbacks in cluding Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman (4 years, $56 million) and Cleveland Browns’ Joe Haden (5 years, $68 million).

Peterson was a member of the first draft class under the new collective bargaining agreement, which placed heavy restrictions on incoming rookie contracts. Each first rounder had to sign a 4 year contract with a team option for a 5th year.

When the Cardinals picked up Peterson’s contract in April, he was set to make just over $10 million.

Peterson has not only been one of the top shut down cornerbacks in the NFL since joining the league as the 5th overall selection in 2011, he has also helped the Cardinals in both the return game, as well as offensively. Peterson has made history by becoming the first defensive player in the NFL, since 1970, to record a pass reception, and a pass completion in the same game.

Cardinals’ coach Bruce Arians has said that this season Peterson will not be utilized on offense, and only sparingly in the return game in order to allow him to better hone his craft at cornerback.

The day of that announcement, Peterson had this to say, “to finally get an opportunity just to play cornerback, it’s just going to make my job that much easier.”

Despite his versatility, what makes Peterson stand out is his defensive ability. With 12 interceptions in his first 3 years in the league, Peterson recorded an impressive 43 passes defended in the same time span.

With Peterson now only having to focus on playing cornerback, he may develop into even more of a quarterback’s nightmare.

 

 

 

 

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