Peterson was diagnosed during the early part of last season, but still managed to make the Pro Bowl after making 50 tackles and grabbing three interceptions.
"It's a big step, especially after you first find out about something like that, you worry it's life-threatening. But it's definitely something that's controllable," Peterson said. "The team doctors and (head athletic trainer) Tom Reed have done a great job monitoring, and I've been great so far. I'm ready to move forward."
Peterson didn't return punts a year ago as Tedd Ginn did. With Ginn gone, it's an open competition and one that even the team's star cornerback could wind up getting.
In his career, Peterson has totaled 1,323 punt return yards and four touchdowns.
"Honestly, I do think there’s a decent chance,” Peterson told the Cardinals' website. “Now that we have nothing but young guys, I’ll be the vet who understands these types of situations – how to handle those sky punts, how to handle those backed-up punts. I think there’s a very, very high percentage chance that I’ll get at least a couple this year.”
"Yeah, it did," he said. "I'd rather not go into deep detail about that. It was a situation that occurred during the season. The team [doctors] found it and got it all under wraps."
Despite the diabetic diagnosis, Peterson said he doesn't expect it to be an issue moving forward.
"No question it made a big difference and once they found out what the problem was, they put their hands around the throat, wrangled it and we moved forward from it," he said.
Speaking to ESPN.com, Peterson said that Cromartie, set to become a free agent in March, has talked about possibly heading back to the
"That's all he talks about is freaking New York," Peterson said. "I'm definitely trying to get him to stay and we'll see what happens."
In a previous interview with the NFL Network, Cromartie made mention that he will keep his options open this offseason.
"I'm leaving the door open," Cromartie said. "Right now, until the Super Bowl is over, I'm still an Arizona Cardinal. Until they come to me about a contract, I’m still an Arizona Cardinal. Once March 10 at 4 o'clock hits, March 12 at 9 a.m. hits, and no one's offered me a contract, then I'm free game. And I'm open to anything to go out and try to win a championship and help any organization."
In his first four seasons, Peterson has 15 interceptions and 211 tackles. He is under contract with the Cardinals through 2020.
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