Patrick Peterson Rumors: Cardinals Management 'Pissed Him Off' Amid Trade Buzz

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2019

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 09: Patrick Peterson #21 of the Arizona Cardinals runs back a punt against the Detroit Lions at State Farm Stadium on December 09, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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Patrick Peterson has had a strange afternoon.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reported Tuesday that Peterson wasn't happy with someone in the team's front office, all amid an afternoon of trade buzz:

Kent Somers @kentsomers

Source close to @p2 told me someone in Cardinals management said something to Peterson that “pissed him off.” Enough to spur a trade? “I don’t think it’s that big of a deal…yet” Declined to say more.

Peterson also isn't at the team's voluntary workouts, though that was expected:

Darren Urban @Cardschatter

Kingsbury said he’s talked to Patrick Peterson, knew he wouldn’t be here and it’s voluntary. Said Peterson wants to be here and isn’t going anywhere.

It all followed a number of trade rumors earlier Tuesday, with the Kansas City Chiefs initially being rumored to have interest, though that buzz died out quickly:

ProFootballTalk @ProFootballTalk

Chiefs have had "zero dialogue" with Cardinals about a Patrick Peterson trade, but something is definitely going on with the veteran DB https://t.co/pnj9xtgjad

ProFootballTalk @ProFootballTalk

Another source says nothing is happening with Patrick Peterson. He's staying put. So that one ended quickly.

ProFootballTalk @ProFootballTalk

What a weird 15 minutes. Source created impression something is going on. Source later insisted nothing is going on. That's what I know as of right now. #staytuned #maybe

Peterson also made a number of cryptic social media posts Monday night that suggested the veteran cornerback wasn't happy with the Cardinals.

Trade rumors surrounding Peterson are nothing new. In October, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that he "desperately" wanted out of Arizona ahead of the NFL trade deadline and had requested a trade, though he wasn't granted one.

Days later, Peterson tweeted that he was committed to the Cardinals. But it appears the 28-year-old cornerback is unhappy once again.

Peterson would likely fetch a solid return for the Cardinals if they decided to trade him. He posted 45 tackles and two interceptions in 2018, appearing in all 16 games. Peterson has yet to miss a game in his eight-year career, accumulating 23 career interceptions.

He earned a grade of 82.5 from Pro Football Focus last season, fifth among cornerbacks, proving that he's still one of the elite options at the position. The market would be vibrant for Peterson, though to this point the Cardinals have shown little inclination to deal him.


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