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Arizona Cardinals can't afford to wait on Patrick Peterson's new contract

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Cornerback Patrick Peterson is worth all the money the Arizona Cardinals can afford. His contract isn’t due until next season, but his level of play and leadership shown is worth top-dollar. Patrick Peterson is worth it all for the Cardinals and here’s why.

Playing under his rookie contract, a four-year deal worth $18.5 million, Peterson has been a Pro Bowler in his first season and an All-Pro in two of his first three. Not to mention he has been a key factor in the progress of rookie Tyrann Mathieu.

Not only in Patrick Peterson one of the most dynamic cornerbacks in all of football he also knows a thing or two about returning the football.

He tied an NFL record with four punt returns for touchdowns in his rookie season and became the first in NFL history with four returns of 80-plus yards. The other players with four punt returns for a touchdown are Devin Hester (2007), Rick Upchurch (1978) and Jack Christiansen (1951), who was also a rookie when he first set the record.

You never know what type of talent you are going to receive in the NFL Draft but by selecting Patrick Peterson with the fifth selection Arizona selected the best player available and arguably the best overall talent in the draft pool.

It was rumored the Detroit Lions offered their first, second and fourth round picks to move up to select Peterson – now we know why.

When Peterson was recently asked about his contract he responded, “I can’t speak on that right now,” Peterson told Pro Football Talk. “Hopefully we can get something done. If something were to happen, we restructure my deal or anything like that, we’ll have to wait and see what happens.”

At this point Peterson hasn’t heard from the Cardinals and his future with the team, but one thing is certain, he’s well worth it.

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