Through all of the Patrick Peterson drama, the one thing that has really stood out was the silence coming from Peterson himself.
As a man who prides himself on his persona, someone who has carefully worked to craft the public's view, Peterson’s silence was deafening.
Now, after Bryant McFadden, Peterson’s cousin, has worked as a mouthpiece for most of the week after the trade request was made public by Adam Schefter, Peterson has broken his silence and offered a statement:
Peterson’s statement says a lot.
One, it does not deny that he wants out, it just says he is still focused on being a part of the solution as long as he is an Arizona Cardinal.
This is the right tenor for the situation, as Peterson obviously is ready for a new chapter in his professional life, but he also doesn’t want to be looked at as a malcontent or a diva.
Instead, he let it be known, through proper channels, that he’d like an opportunity to win. If that doesn’t occur, he is fully invested in being with the Cardinals through however long he is here.
It was the right statement, something that he needs to sell his teammates on more than the fans, but it looks like if there is no trade, which the Cardinals have said from the beginning, it won’t change who Peterson is or how he plays.