After several months on the open market, veteran defensive lineman Corey Peters is heading back to the desert. Following a workout with the team, Peters and the Cardinals have come to terms on a one-year contract, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
The Cardinals' 2020 Walter Payton Man of the Year, Peters spent the last six seasons in Arizona after beginning his career with the Falcons. A starter for most of his career, Peters missed the final seven games of the 2020 season after suffering a knee injury that ultimately required surgery. It was the second significant injury for Peters during his time with the Cardinals, as he missed the entire 2015 after tearing his left Achilles during training camp.
"It was really frustrating, just more so because obviously we had playoff hopes and Super Bowl hopes and I felt like things were going well," Peters said of last season's injury, via Sports Illustrated's Mason Kern. "And just not being able to play anymore and participate, I think that's the worst part of it. But it is what it is. Your body is the only body you have and if this happens, you just gotta lock in on the rehab and try to get back on it and try to stay positive about everything."
The 83rd overall pick in the 2010 draft, Peterson has started in 121 of his previous 138 regular-season games. The former Kentucky Wildcat has 19 career sacks, 292 tackles (47 for loss) and 38 quarterback hits. He had two sacks and 15 tackles in the Cardinals' first nine games of the 2020 season.
Along with his leadership skills, Peters' versatility is one of his biggest strengths. He started his career at right defensive tackle before moving to the left side prior to his third season in Atlanta. He has mostly lined up at nose tackle during his time with the Cardinals.