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Taking closer look at Patriots reported interest in Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson

Ryan Hannable
October 22, 2018 - 8:43 pm
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With the Cardinals struggling once again this season, it is no surprise star cornerback Patrick Peterson wants to be traded.

On Monday, his cousin Bryant McFadden of CBS Sports reported the Saints, Eagles and Patriots are all showing interest in the seven-time Pro Bowler via the cornerback himself, which came following ESPN's Adam Schefter reporting Peterson has requested a trade.

It's worth noting Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks said his team won’t be him trading away.

So, what does all this mean?

One, it's hard to believe Wilks given what the Cardinals could probably receive in return, and also being able to get his massive contract off their books. Peterson signed a five-year, $70 million deal, which expires at the end of the 2020 season. He has a base salary of $11 million next year and then just over $12 million in 2020. If the Cardinals can find the right deal, it's very likely they wouldn't hesitate to ship him away.

As it relates to the Patriots, right now it would be hard to figure.

Peterson's salary prorated over the last nine weeks of the season is $5.8 million and his salary prorated over the last 10 weeks of the season is $6.5 million. The Patriots currently have just over $5 million in cap space, so they would need to make another move just to make the figures work. In addition, it seems unlikely the Patriots would want to take on that contract for the coming years, especially when they have a big deal with Stephon Gilmore also at the cornerback position. Certainly a restructure could happen, but it seems unlikely on Peterson's part.

Additionally, the Patriots have bigger needs than at cornerback on defense, specifically linebacker and defensive end. New England also has two young corners on the roster in JC Jackson and Keion Crossen, so swinging a deal like this would show they don't have much faith in their youngsters.

It's also worth noting the source. How would Peterson know which teams have expressed interest? Teams cannot contact him directly, as that would be tampering.

Things could certainly change between now and next Tuesday's trade deadline, but right now it doesn't seem like things line up for Peterson coming to New England.

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