Arizona planning to keep star cornerback Patrick Peterson
Patrick Peterson won’t be playing for the Arizona Cardinals during the first six games of the 2019 season. Beyond the middle of October, though, the superstar cornerback is apparently poised to be on the field in a Cardinals uniform for the foreseeable future.
Amid widespread speculation that the Kansas City Chiefs might try and poach Peterson in the aftermath of his recent six-game suspension, Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star reports that the Cardinals are intent on holding onto him.
You know the Chiefs are going to be aggressive, but I'm hearing the Cardinals remain intent on keeping Patrick Peterson even after the suspension. Would expect the Chiefs to keep exploring potential CB fits. Onward.
— Sam Mellinger (@mellinger) May 21, 2019
Patrick Peterson was suspended last week for a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Though the eight-time Pro Bowler insists there was no intent behind his use of a banned substance, he took full responsibility for his actions in a statement released after the suspension was announced.
Peterson’s suspension is just the latest development of a tumultuous time in his career. He requested a trade midway through last season before ultimately walking it back, and hasn’t exactly refuted reports of his desire to play elsewhere over the past few weeks.
In late April, rumors surfaced that Arizona was on the verge of trading Peterson to Kansas City. That possibility was supported by his cryptic social media posts expressing dismay with the Cardinals and a subsequent post of a photo of he and former LSU teammate Tyrann Mathieu, who signed a three-year deal with the Chiefs as a free agent in March.
Kansas City has completely overhauled its defense in the offseason, but nevertheless avoided making any splashy moves at cornerback so far, arguably the team’s worst position group last season.