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Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson is the Highest Paid Cornerback in NFL

July 31st, 2014 at 5:32 AM
By Steve Smith

The Arizona Cardinals made a very sound move by signing Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson to a five-year, $70 million contract. $48 million of that pact is guaranteed.

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The deal will keep Peterson with the Red Birds until 2020. That's a sound move. Teamed with Antonio Cromartie, Peterson gives the Cards one of the best cornerback duos in the National Football League.

Peterson's deal will surpass extensions signed recently by the Cleveland Browns' Joe Haden (five years, $68 million) and Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman (four years, $56 million).

The LSU product was selected fifth overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. He is a three-time Pro Bowler and a two-time NFL All-Pro performer. Peterson has 12 career interceptions and is considered a shutdown cornerback.

Only two cornerbacks – Sherman (20) and Tim Jennings of Chicago (15) have more interceptions in the league since 2011.

During his rookie season, Peterson also served as a punt returner and tied an NFL record with four touchdowns. In his three years in the league, Peterson hasn't been to the playoffs, but he took on a role of Mr. Everything for the Red Birds and played offense, defense and special teams during the 2013 season.

In the process, Peterson made NFL history by becoming the first defensive player since at least the 1970 merger to have a reception and completion in the same NFL game.

The deal came just two days after Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said he won't be using Peterson on offense anymore, which will leave Peterson to concentrate on defense while returning an occasional punt.

Ted Ginn, Jr. is expected to handle most of the punt return duties this coming season.

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Arians, Football, Joe Haden, Jr, NFL, Patrick Peterson, Richard Sherman, Ted Ginn

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