Well, there goes all my hopes and dreams.
If you have been keeping up on the story, earlier this week, the Cardinals’ All Pro Cornerback Patrick Peterson asked for Arizona to trade him before the trade deadline next Tuesday.
After losing over and over these last couple seasons, one of the best Corners in the game decided he had had enough. Playing on a team like Arizona, he hasn’t been able to showcase his elite skills. I don’t blame him after 8 years in the league to finally want out and land in a winning organization. So once he asked for a trade and wanted a winning situation, it was just a matter of time until he was linked to New England.
Bryant McFadden, who is Peterson’s cousin, reported that Peterson told him the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, and New England Patriots all interested in trading for the 7-time Pro Bowler.
Then the very next day, one of those teams quickly took themselves out of the P2 race when the Saints traded for 2016 1st round pick Eli Apple from the Giants. This combined with the news that Patriot’s Cornerback Stephon Gilmore recently restructured his deal to open more cap space for the team, I thought there was a real shot that the Patriots would make a move for Paterson to upgrade their underperforming Defense. However, that is no longer the case.
Peterson just got forced into staying. The Cardinals said from the beginning they weren’t trading him and it looks like they were telling the truth. I just wanna know, what the hell did the Cardinals president tell Peterson in those 30 minutes that he didn’t already know?? That they are trying to win football games? No shit. I am sure they weren’t trying to start the season 1-6. Do they have some magic plan that they informed him about how they are going to become contenders in the next few years of his contract? They have a rookie Quarterback and a crappy team. No promise about winning from the president is making Peterson want to stay. So they told him he has no choice to stay because they aren’t trading him.
I am not saying the Patriots would have traded for him even if he was available. It would have cost a lot of capital to trade for him and then it would have been hard to fit his contract under the salary cap. It could have been done, but it would have been a process.
However, if he had been available, I believe it would have been a no-brainer to acquire a talent like Patrick Peterson. The Patriot’s defense has been a mess this season. While the Secondary isn’t the biggest concern on that side of the ball, it still hasn’t been great. With the exception of Stephon Gilmore, the other two Cornerback spots have been a question mark that they seem to just rotate guys in to see what sticks. Nothing has stuck so far. Sure, the Patriots could use a Linebacker more than a Cornerback at the deadline, but there is no Linebacker out there that is going to make a bigger impact than Patrick Peterson. And when you look at the team that you are going to have to go through to get to the Super Bowl, the Chiefs have too many weapons to have a weak Secondary.