On the heels of Arizona Cardinals adding J.J. Watt, Patrick Peterson waits for clarity

The Arizona Cardinals last week made the first big splash of free agency, signing J.J. Watt to a two-year, $31 million contract. The Cardinals hope Watt’s addition helps elevate their defense. 

However, the uncertain future of one of their most prominent players over the last decade could affect those expectations. 

Cornerback Patrick Peterson, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and three time All-Pro pick, is set to hit free agency next week, and to date, the two sides have yet to discuss a new deal.

Peterson recently shot down a rumor that he and the team had agreed to part ways, and Arizona owner Michael Bidwill this offseason has publicly expressed hope that his team can retain Peterson’s services. But for now, that’s just talk. 

Peterson remains unfazed. He has chosen to approach free agency with patience and confidence that things will work out in his favor.

“I know that I will be playing football for someone, if it's the Cardinals or someone else,” Peterson told USA TODAY Sports. “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, who turns 31 this summer, is coming off a three-interception, 61-tackle season while playing the final year of a five-year, $70.05 million contract. According to Spotrac, the Cardinals project to have around only $13.57 million in cap space and must determine Peterson’s worth while the cornerback reviews his options.

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