The Arizona Cardinals went from NFC Championship runners-up in the 2015 season to the more familiar position of being one of the worst and most dysfunctional teams in the NFL. Sitting at 1-6 and having just fired their offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, the Cardinals might also be saying goodbye to one of their longtime best players.
Adam Schefter reported on Monday that All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson wants out of Arizona, the very team that drafted him back in 2011.
Cardinals’ All Pro CB Patrick Peterson has asked Arizona to deal him by the Oct. 30 trade deadline, per league sources. Peterson feels as if the situation is deteriorating and continues to reaffirm to others that he “desperately” wants out, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 22, 2018
Now of course the main thing here is that Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill had said only a few days ago that the team would not trade Patrick Peterson, contrary to prior reports that were swirling around earlier this month that the Cardinals themselves were interested in shopping Peterson.
The Cardinals may be a dumpster fire, and we as Seattle Seahawks fans have often taken aim at Peterson back when the “Richard Sherman vs. Patrick Peterson, who’s better?” debate was a thing, but there’s no denying that Peterson is very talented. He’s a three-time All-Pro and has never missed a game, even when he struggled at times in 2014, after which he announced that he was diagnosed with diabetes. You’d have to think that there are several teams, specifically some in the playoff hunt —the New Orleans Saints, for example — that would be willing to part ways with a first- or second-round draft pick (or multiple draft picks) in order to land him.
As Schefter noted, the trade deadline is October 30th, so if Peterson is to be granted his request, we’re going to find out where he’s headed very soon.