Patrick Peterson is entering his walk year, but the summer didn’t yield any meaningful extension talks with the Cardinals (via the team website). The cornerback hasn’t been shy about speaking out against the club in the past, but he says he won’t let the situation cloud his season.
“I’m at peace (with the contract),” Peterson said. “There’s nothing I can do about it. I’m under contract until the end of the season. All I can do right now is play ball. The ball is in my court. All I have to do is go out and play P2 football, playing all-around solid football, taking No. 1s out of the game, not giving up any touchdowns, just getting back to that form.”
It’s been a minute since we’ve seen “P2 football” in action. The 30-year-old tallied 53 total tackles, two interceptions, and seven passes defensed in his shortened ten-game campaign. That marked the first campaign of his career without perfect attendance. After months of drama and trade demands, he was hit with a six-game ban for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. At that point, he changed course, telling the world that he wanted to spend the rest of his career in Arizona.
On the whole, however, Peterson has been pretty stellar. Over the last nine years, he’s registered 25 interceptions while eclipsing some of the league’s most dangerous wide receivers.
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