One of the Arizona Cardinals’ many free agents this offseason is cornerback Patrick Peterson. Will he be back in 2021?
Peterson’s future is one of the biggest question marks of the offseason. He has been with the Cardinals for a decade after he was drafted No. 5 overall.
He was better in 2020 than he was in 2019 after returning from his suspension. At times, he looked dominant. However, when he did get beat, there were some ugly moments. He has lost a step or half a step.
He was still the best cover guy on the team but teams can attack him inside and with movement before the snap. Peterson’s effectiveness is limited when he has to run through traffic.
According to Pro Football Reference, he allowed a passer rating of 98.2 and five touchdowns.
He has made it very clear he wants to return. What he has not said is what his price tag is. The team wants him back as well, but doesn’t want to pay a premium for someone on the back end of his career and effectiveness.
He was paid $12.55 million last season.
He might have to test the market before potentially returning. However, it feels like if he tests the market, he will end up elsewhere. He will either land on a team with a better shot of winning or on a contending team that offers him more money.
He clearly still is a very good player. He just is no longer a top cornerback in the league. The Cardinals could use his play and leadership again. It will be hard to find an upgrade that doesn’t cost at least as much as he would.
Will he be back? That is one of the biggest questions we will know the answer two in the days to come.
Peterson’s 2021 return: Uncertain
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