Patrick Peterson Rumors: Cardinals, 2 Playoff Teams on CB's List in Free Agency

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2021

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
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Free-agent cornerback Patrick Peterson has reportedly narrowed his list of teams to three.

Josh Weinfuss of ESPN reported the Cardinals and two clubs that "have been playoff teams in the last two seasons" are leading the chase for the veteran. Peterson spent his first 10 seasons in Arizona, making the Pro Bowl eight times.

While Peterson's performance level has tapered off the last two seasons, he could go back to excelling if he moves into a No. 2 corner role. Pro Football Focus gave Peterson only a grade of 55.2 last season, which was by far the lowest he's recorded.

"I know that I will be playing football for someone, if it's the Cardinals or someone else," Peterson told USA Today's Mike Jones. "I'm a go-with-the-flow-type guy. That's out of my control. I've done everything I can do to show my worth, and I can still play this game. I know I will be playing football for somebody, so that's my approach."

Peterson said on the All Things Covered podcast he'd even be willing to move to safety if it meant prolonging his career. He came away impressed that the Cardinals landed JJ Watt after his release from the Houston Texans, saying it indicated the team is making a title push.

The Cardinals have played in only three postseason games in Peterson's career. Based on his public comments and list of teams he's considering, it's clear he is emphasizing competing in the playoffs.