Peterson released a statement Wednesday on his personal Twitter account pledging his commitment to the Cardinals amid ongoing trade speculation. "My energy is 100 percent focused on being part of the solution and helping us [the Cardinals] turn this around," the statement read. "I've never shied away from a challenge before and I'm not starting now. I am an Arizona Cardinal, and my focus is on this week's game." While the trade market for the star cornerback has been active so far, it sounds like Peterson hopes to stay put in Arizona ahead of the Oct. 30 deadline. Across the Cardinals' seven games this season, Peterson has registered 35 stops (29 solo), two interceptions, a sack and a fumble recovery.
Coach Steve Wilks said Monday that the Cardinals are "not trading" Peterson, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports As Peterson goes through his eighth pro season, he has to be frustrated with the state of the franchise. Due to a league-low in time of possession, he's surpassed his tackle total from a season ago (35 versus 34) through seven games, while racking up two interceptions, one sack and one fumble recovery. There's no telling if the Cardinals are listening to offers, but any trade must be agreed to by next Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Peterson has requested a trade, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Peterson surely knew his team was headed for a rebuilding campaign but probably didn't expect things to get this bad. It now looks like a multi-season project, which is a tough pill to swallow for a 28-year-old cornerback with a contract that runs through 2020. Schefter reports that the Cardinals still don't intend to trade Peterson.
Peterson made six solo tackles, one pass breakup and one interception in Thursday's 45-10 loss to the Broncos. Peterson ranked third on the team in tackles and forced the team's only turnover. The 28-year-old corner has two of the team's six interceptions now, and he'll look to add to the total in Week 8 against C.J. Beathard, who has thrown five interceptions in three starts this season.
Coach Steve Wilks said trade rumors about Peterson were, "ludicrous," Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports. Peterson was seen hugging GM Steve Keim prior to the game leading to trade speculation, but apparently that is just a pregame ritual, according to the player. In what seems like another losing season in Arizona, it might be wise for the team to explore trade options for their star cornerback. Nevertheless, it seems the 28-year-old will stay put for the time being.