The Arizona Cardinals are looking to keep their long-time franchise cornerback in the fold moving forward and team owner Michael Bidwell is now on record stating the team’s intentions to retain defensive back Patrick Peterson.
Peterson has spent his entire ten-year career with the Cardinals, but is set to hit unrestricted free agency next month.
“Pat and I have had a number of conversations” Bidwell said, via the Cardinals official website. “I’ve been very clear that we want to have him back,” Bidwill said. “We all know that the salary cap is going to go down. I think a lot of these veteran players need to work with us, and they need to understand that while their salary expectations and their compensation expectations may be one thing, we’ve got to look at it from the reality that the salary cap is going down. It’s our hope we can work something out that works for both the club and for Pat to keep him in a Cardinals uniform. He’s been an important part of what we’ve done in the past, and hope to keep him in the future.”
Peterson’s play has slipped during the past two seasons, and he ranked as the 83rd best cornerback in the league last season by Pro Football Focus, but there is no denying his importance to the ascending Cardinals team.