The Arizona Cardinals did not want to pay Patrick Peterson. As it turns out, the Minnesota Vikings did, and so they have now reached an agreement with the veteran cornerback on a single-season deal worth $10 million.
This report comes via Adam Schefter of ESPN:
Perennial Pro-Bowl CB Patrick Peterson has reached agreement on a one-year, $10 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 18, 2021
After being selected by the Cardinals as their fifth overall pick in 2011, Peterson has spent his entire decade-long career in Arizona. This offseason was the first time the All-Pro CB became a free agent, and as it turns out, he no longer figured in the Cardinals' long-term plans.
Peterson finds a new home in Minnesota after weighing his options in free agency. A previous report stated that he was choosing between three teams, with the Cardinals being one of them. The other two teams on his list were squads that had made the playoffs in the previous two seasons, and as it turns out, he ultimately chose the Vikings.
Peterson is as decorated as they come, and he brings quite a list of credentials with him to Minnesota. The 30-year-old is an eight-time Pro Bowler who also happened to be named in the Hall of Fame All-2010s team. He should serve as a key addition to the Vikings' defense as they look to establish themselves as a legitimate contender for this year's crown. It's going to be an undeniably tough road ahead for Minnesota, but the Peterson signing is certainly a step in the right direction for them.