Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson is undoubtedly one of the NFL’s most talented defensive players, and he recently addressed his future in Arizona. Peterson reportedly requested a trade in October as the deadline approached, but no team was able to put together a respectable package for him. Peterson received plenty of criticism from all-time great Deion Sanders for his request, but now he insists he wants to be the cornerstone of the franchise.
Larry Fitzgerald is in his 15th season with the Cardinals, and Peterson wants to follow in the likely future Hall of Famer’s footsteps.
“I want to follow in that man’s shoes,” Peterson said of FItzgerald, via the team’s official website. “He’s been here forever, 15 years, being a cornerstone of this Arizona Cardinals organization. I feel like I’m next in line. So we’ll see what happens.”
Peterson is currently playing on a five-year, $70 million contract that lasts until the end of the 2019-20 season. The 2-9 Cardinals are struggling, and they’ll face a desperate Packers team on Sunday. Arizona will look to build success with Peterson holding down the defense, David Johnson in the backfield and Josh Rosen learning under center.