Two of the best players in Cardinals history are set for free agency in March. While the Cardinals don’t have to worry about Larry Fitzgerald defecting to another team, with the future Hall of Famer stating that he would only play for the Cards, Patrick Peterson could leave after 10 seasons in Arizona.
Then Michael Bidwill indicated that the Cardinals would like to bring back Peterson, GM Steve Keim confirmed that he has spoken with the eight-time Pro Bowler this offseason, according to Bob McManamon of the Arizona Republic.
Keim stopped short of saying that he would like to extend Peterson before he hits the market, citing salary cap uncertainty as a key reason why he had no clear idea of the defender’s All-Decade place with the 2021 Cardinals.
Peterson’s game over the past two years hasn’t lived up to his Pro Bowl-level work, and this year he will turn 31. The Cardinals, however, have also Dre Kirkpatrick set for free agency and I’ve seen Robert Alford he has missed two full seasons since signing with Arizona in 2019. The team has a significant cornerback need.
The Cardinals are respecting Fitzgerald’s timeline. Keim hasn’t spoken to Fitz this offseason, according to McManamon. As he has for the past few seasons, Fitzgerald is taking the time to determine if he wants to return. The 37-year-old wide receiver has indicated that only one championship will matter to him in the future.
Fitz saw his production drop in 2020. Although the 17-year veteran missed three games, his 31.5 yards per game was a career low, by a wide margin. After making $ 11MM last year, Fitz would almost certainly have to agree to a lower cost deal if he returned for an 18th season. Arizona has DeAndre Hopkins signed long term, but Christian kirk he’s going into a one-year contract after three inconsistent seasons.
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