Trading Patrick Peterson sounds like a non-starter for the Arizona Cardinals, but you never know.
The thing that has become obvious is that teams are interested and through the grapevines of the NFL, teams have known that Peterson is interested in leaving. And by interested meaning he wants out now.
The three teams that have allegedly been trying to pry Peterson away are of course good teams who will not be picking early in the draft.
So, Peterson has to understand that his request may not be one that is filled in 2018.
However, if a team is willing to deal, maybe the Arizona Cardinals can make a deal.
Here are three scenarios that could work for the Arizona Cardinals, but would be less likely to fly on the other side.
Patrick Peterson and a 2019 3rd round pick
Ryan Ramczyk and a 2020 1st round pick
If the Cardinals are going to listen to offers, they have to make it know if front, they want a young corner or young offensive linemen while also getting a pick in return.
Giving up a third may seem difficult for the Cardinals, but Ramczyk is a player that is one of the best right tackles in the NFL, one of the Cardinals weakest positions. This gives the Cardinals an immediate, young, cost controlled upgrade and a 2020 round one pick that pays for Peterson. The third the Cardinals kick in is the boost to make sure you are getting a big return and Ramczyk would ease the pain of losing a Hall of Fame cornerback.
Halapoulivaati Vaitai, 2019 1st round pick and 2020 3rd round pick
Less return, Vaitai is good but he’s not Ramczyk good, means giving up less and getting back an extra pick. You still get a likely upgrade at right tackle, and to be frank maybe even left tackle, and now you have two picks as well.
Don’t trade with the New England Patriots again
No, seriously, don’t do it. You won the first trade, don’t go back to the well unless you are getting a first and Ja’Whaun Bentley, who is a stud linebacker and could make up for some issues the Cardinals have at the position. That’s unlikely to happen, so avoid Bill Belichick’s calls.