Peterson had 61 tackles (52 solo), eight pass defenses and three interceptions in 16 games during the 2020 campaign. In his age-30 season, Peterson notched his most tackles since he was a rookie back in 2011 and also recorded at least three picks for the fifth time in his noted 10-year career. He isn't nearly the player he was during his prime, when he earned three first-team All-Pro bids (2011, 2013 and 2015). Still, the upcoming unrestricted free agent could get one more lucrative deal based on name recognition alone.
Peterson said he hasn't discussed an extension with the Cardinals, though he'd love to stay with one team for his entire career, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Peterson will turn 30 in July, entering the final season of a five-year, $70 million extension. He opened 2019 with a six-game suspension and didn't play up to his usual standard upon first rejoining the lineup, but he then closed out the year with five pass defenses and an interception over the final three weeks. Cardinals GM Steve Keim suggested in February that the team prefers to keep Peterson around beyond 2020.
General manager Steve Keim confirmed Friday the team had discussed Peterson's contract with his representation, noting nothing has transpired yet, but that "we'd love to see him retire as a Cardinal," Grant Gordon of NFL.com reports. Entering the final year of his five-year, $70.5 million extension, there was some chatter Peterson could ultimately be moved after an uneven campaign which saw the star cornerback suspended six games and also limited by a calf injury. There's reason to believe Peterson's less-than-stellar performance could simply be due to rust and poor circumstance, but the Cardinals aren't exactly in a position to move on either way considering their lack of true secondary depth. It's possible the team could simply let the 2011 first-round pick play out the final year of his contract in order to safeguard itself should Peterson not return to his All-Pro form, but Keim's comments seem to indicate a more proactive approach, which could lock up the soon-to-be 30-year-old to a long-term contract.
Peterson notched 53 tackles (46 solo), seven pass breakups, two interceptions, one sack and one forced fumble in 10 contests during the 2019 season. Peterson missed the first outings of his nine-year career, the result of a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Still, he posted his fourth-most tackles of any season, which would have equated to a whopping 84.8 stops over a 16-game slate. Opposing offenses seemed to fear Peterson less than normal in the past campaign, but the potential is there for the 29-year-old to be a lock-down corner again, assuming his 2019 showing merely was a blip on the radar.
Peterson totaled seven solo tackles, three pass defenses and one interception during Sunday's 38-24 win against the Browns. Peterson hasn't been his Pro-Bowl self since returning from a six-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. On a per-game basis, though, he's on pace for the highest tackle total for a complete campaign (43 in eight games) of his notable career. Plus, Peterson has managed two interceptions, one sack and one forced fumble, putting himself into roster consideration in some IDP formats.