Patrick Peterson has seemingly had an on-again, off-again desire to finish his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals, once "desperately" requesting a trade, then later apologizing to Cardinals fans in a promise to play out his contract. As the final year of that contract approaches, however, the Pro Bowl cornerback doesn't appear any closer to an actual long-term commitment to the Grand Canyon State, telling reporters Thursday that he hasn't had any extension talks with the team this offseason.
That runs contrary to remarks from Cardinals general manager Steve Keim,that both sides had already kicked off negotiations for a new contract and desired to stay together for the remainder of Peterson's career.
To be clear, Peterson doesn't appear to be wavering from his current stance of wanting to remain in Arizona, also telling media that he has high praise for the Cardinals organization and would prefer to stay with one team as he nears the latter stages of his career. But the longer the two sides put off a new deal, the more likely it is Arizona could simply wait until after the 2020 season to decide on Peterson's future.
An eight-time Pro Bowler, Peterson is due just over $13 million in 2020, the final season on his five-year, $70 million extension signed in 2014. While he remains a proven presence in the Arizona secondary, with four All-Pro honors under his belt, he also turns 30 this summer and experienced a down year, by his standards, after missing the first six games of 2019 due to a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.
"The last three games he played excellent, the way we expected him to play," Keim said earlier this offseason. "I think he's got a chip on his shoulder, and I think he's going to come back with a vengeance."
How long he plans to come back remains the question.