Perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson has reached a one-year, $ 10 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Wednesday.
Peterson, 30, leaves the Arizona Cardinals as one of the best cornerbacks in franchise history.
He went to eight consecutive Pro Bowls, beginning with his rookie year in 2011 and ending in 2019, when he was ineligible because he was suspended six games for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy. Peterson is an All-Pro three times.
Peterson’s positional flexibility is a welcome asset to the Vikings secondary that featured two rookie starters in 2020 between Jeff Gladney, who lined the slot for 529 plays last season, and Cameron Dantzler, a third-round pick who allowed the lowest passer rating in coverage of all rookie cornerbacks in the second half of the season (41.9 from week 11-17).
With questions about the health and future of 2018 first-round cornerback Mike Hughes, whose fifth-year option is likely to be rejected by Minnesota, Peterson gives the Vikings stability in the secondary after a season in which he had seven interruptions. of passes, the most since then. 2013. His three interceptions were his most since 2016.
Peterson has been considered one of the best cornerbacks throughout his career, known for his ability to defend the best receivers from the opposing offense one-on-one on an island. He started all 128 games in the first eight seasons of his career before his suspension. In 2020, he was named a member of the entire decade 2010-2019 team by the Professional American Football Hall of Fame.
Peterson played all 16 games last season and had 61 tackles and three interceptions. He has 28 interceptions in his career.
He entered free agency after a five-year extension signed in 2014. Peterson requested a trade in October 2018 during Arizona’s lousy 3-13 season with former coach Steve Wilks, but later apologized. However, reports of a fractured relationship between Peterson and the Cardinals’ front office continued to circulate, putting his future with the franchise in doubt after his contract expired in March.
ESPN’s Courtney Cronin and Josh Weinfuss contributed to this report.