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Patrick Peterson 'can't speak' on whether he'd hold out or not

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Patrick Peterson wouldn't rule out holding out if he doesn't get a new deal.
Patrick Peterson wouldn't rule out holding out if he doesn't get a new deal. (USATSI)

Having completed three seasons in the NFL, Patrick Peterson (and the rest of the 2011 NFL Draft class) are eligible for new contracts. And if Peterson doesn't get one this offseason, it's possible he could hold out from the Cardinals.

He wouldn't rule it out at least, in an interview with Pro Football Talk.

"I can't speak on that right now," Peterson said of a holdout. "Me and my agent, we haven't talked about some of those possibilities. But hopefully we can get something done. If something were to happen, we restructure my deal or anything like that, we'll have to wait and see what happens."

Peterson, the fifth overall pick in 2011, has been a stud for Arizona. He has been an All-Pro twice and made the Pro Bowl three times. Though he earned his awards based on kick returns in 2011, he has developed into one of the top cornerbacks in the league. He's going to get paid.

The Cardinals will be picking up (we assume) Peterson's option for a fifth year this offseason. That helps to lock him down going forward, but it doesn't do much for getting the cornerback cash now.

Skipping mandatory team activities isn't as easy as it used to be either. Arizona can hammer Peterson with $30,000 per day fines that add up quickly.

Arizona recently reworked Larry Fitzgerald's contract, freeing up some extra money to be spent elsewhere. There's a pretty good chance some of that could be headed Peterson's way.

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