Patrick Peterson has quietly been one of the best players in the NFL for nearly a decade. Sure, we all know he exists and we know he’s arguably the top corner in the league, but I feel like he’s never talked about. That must be what happens when you spend your entire career with the Arizona Cardinals (no offense, Larry Fitzgerald).
Let’s be real though, the Cardinals stink. With Bruce Arians and Carson Palmer gone, this team is now sitting at the bottom of the NFC West, and they likely won’t be competitive again anytime soon. Now that the cold reality has set in, the team is reportedly looking to rebuild the team around their young franchise quarterback Josh Rosen, and rightfully so.
With the October 30th NFL Trade Deadline approaching fast, the Cardinals are reportedly open to moving most of their top veteran players for future assets. This includes Patrick Peterson, who is suddenly seeing his name pop up all over the media world. The seven-time Pro Bowler will likely be the most coveted name leading up to the Trade Deadline, and no team could use him more than the Kansas City Chiefs.
We all know about the Chiefs explosive offense led by the uber-talented Patrick Mahomes. With an offense like that, the Chiefs should be considered as a favorite to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in February, right? Unfortunately, as it stands, the Chiefs equally well-known defense may prevent that from happening.
I know that it’s Gronk, but that play epitomizes what the Chiefs’ defense has been like this year. Poor schemes, blown coverages, almost zero pass rush, terrible tackling efforts, and just all-around bad execution. They’re actually on pace to allowing the most yards in a single season in NFL history. It’s hard to believe that this team is 5-1.
Kansas City’s defense will definitely benefit from the return of All-Pro safety Eric Berry, who has yet to play this year due to a lingering heel injury, but it needs more help than that and general manager Brett Veach knows it. A few weeks ago, the Chiefs were actually in the process finalizing a deal for star safety Earl Thomas, but we all know how that ended…
A case of bad timing: The #Seahawks had lowered their asking price for star S Earl Thomas, the #Chiefs were focused on clearing cap space for a possible trade… then Thomas fractured his leg. pic.twitter.com/jAopabdRfp
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 1, 2018
Although the alleged trade for Thomas fell through, you have to believe that Brett Veach is still surveying options to fortify his team’s ailing defense. His search should conclude with a deal for Peterson, who would be an immediate upgrade for Kansas City’s secondary and overall defense.
Other than being an obvious upgrade for an ailing defense, Patrick Peterson to the Chiefs makes sense for a number of other reasons. By putting him on the outside, Kansas City can move Kendall Fuller, who is regarded as one of the NFL’s best slot corners, inside full-time. This will also allow Steven Nelson and Orlando Scandrick to man the other side of the field and give the Chiefs a much stronger cornerback group.
Speaking of Nelson and Scandrick, the two are free agents after the season. Peterson, who is under contract for two more seasons (through his age-30 season) after this year, will give the Chiefs security at a position of need. Peterson’s contract is also extremely favorable, with cap hits between $12-$13 million, and carries virtually no dead cap. In other words, if he isn’t performing well, the Chiefs can cut him to create cap space.
So what would it cost the Chiefs for a talented prime-level corner like Patrick Peterson? In an interview with 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller suggested that it would likely take second and fourth-round draft picks to acquire the star corner, which would be a bargain.
Luckily for the Chiefs, they have an extra second rounder in this upcoming draft from the trade that sent Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams. Since they whiffed on acquiring Earl Thomas, they are now in perfect position to acquire Peterson.
Coach Corso is right. There’s actually still a big holdup preventing this deal from happening.
Per Spotrac, the Chiefs currently have roughly $6.1 million in cap space, which is nowhere near enough to accommodate Patrick Peterson’s massive cap hit of $15 million. However, that won’t stop the aggressive Brett Veach, who was prepared to clear cap space to make room for Earl Thomas. If Veach wants Peterson, he’ll do what he needs to make room for him.
Patrick Peterson won’t make the Chiefs defense elite by any means, but his addition would be tremendous. With Peterson, a healthy Eric Berry, Chris Jones, Dee Ford, and Justin Houston, this Chiefs defense might have enough talent to win the Super Bowl in February. Make it happen, Mr. Veach.
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