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Football Outsiders thinks the Arizona Cardinals should trade Patrick Peterson as their one bold move this offseason

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In what is undoubtedly a transition year for the Arizona Cardinals there are some differing opinions coming from around the web.

Football Outsiders has one daring move that each team should make this offseason and for the Arizona Cardinals, it is trading Patrick Peterson:

Arizona Cardinals: Trade Patrick Peterson

Peterson reportedly asked for a trade in October, and though he apologized for that request in January, a deal could still make sense for everyone involved. Peterson remains one of the best cornerbacks in football, but he is also one of the most expensive cornerbacks in football, with cap numbers of $11.9 million and $13.2 million in 2019 and 2020, respectively, according to Over The Cap. Meanwhile, the Cardinals were the league’s worst team in 2018. Their next playoff window likely won’t open for two more years -- and at that point, if they want to retain Peterson, they’ll need to re-sign him to a huge extension just as he enters the decline phase of his career. Peterson admitted that the Cardinals would “have some decisions to make” when he hits free agency in 2021.

The Cardinals can make things much simpler and prepare for the future by dealing Peterson now, and if they put him on the trading block, their phone lines will blow up with quality offers. The Rams acquired Marcus Peters last year for a 2018 fourth-round pick and a 2019 second-rounder. Arizona should get better than that for Peterson, who is older and more expensive than Peters but also more reliable and a superior player. The Cardinals can let Peterson pursue a championship elsewhere while adding quality weapons for Josh Rosen as he matures.

The Arizona Cardinals trading Patrick Peterson seems outrageous. Yes, I am saying it would be outrageous at this point to trade Peterson.

The Cardinals literally have two cornerstone players on their roster... Chandler Jones and Patrick Peterson.

While you can talk about David Johnson, Josh Rosen, and maybe a few others, Jones and Peterson are the only two players with any true cache in the league.

Trading Peterson would create a bigger hole than any draft pick could fill for the Cardinals. With so many holes on the roster already, why create another for some draft capital?

More than anything, they should be looking to turn draft capital into proven talent with 2-3 year contracts.

What do you think?

Should the Cardinals trade Patrick Peterson?


Should the Arizona Cardinals trade Patrick Peterson?

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  • 26%
    Sure, get something for him now.
    (116 votes)
  • 73%
    Absolutely not, stop this nonsense.
    (322 votes)
438 votes total Vote Now