It’s not been a good year for the Cardinals so far. They’re 1-6, struggling with their rebuild, and now their All-Pro cornerback, Patrick Peterson wants a trade.
There’s no doubt that the value for the former LSU Tiger is exceptionally high and there should be teams wanting him before the trade deadline. Although the Cardinals and coach Steve Wilks aren’t budging that he isn’t available.
We’re not trading Patrick. That’s out of the question.
Although with the adamant claims of not wanting to lose the talented defensive back, there can be a trade that would be too good to pass up. Plenty of teams can use the services of the Pro Bowler on their defense, and the valuation can be good enough to force Arizona’s hand.
But what’s the price that the team is willing to give up for him? That’s the critical part.
And no we’re not going to bring up the Saints on here even though Peterson wants to be there.
#Cardinals All-Pro CB @P2 ideal trade destination is the #Saints. Per source Patrick Peterson. #Whodat
— Bryant McFadden (@BMac_SportsTalk) October 22, 2018
The Saints have already made a trade with the Giants to acquire Eli Apple.
Saints traded a 4th-round pick in 2019 and a 7th in 2020 for former Giants’ CB Eli Apple, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 23, 2018
And the draft capital that the Saints have now isn’t that much either.
- Their 2019 first-round pick was traded in the last draft to the Packers to select Marcus Davenport.
- The 2019 third-round pick is with the Jets after trading for Teddy Bridgewater during the preseason.
- And now their 2019 fourth-round pick is with the Giants along with their seventh-round pick for the 2020 Draft for Eli Apple.
With that being said let’s look into the five trade scenarios for Patrick Peterson.
So trade him to teams that will most likely make the playoffs or have low draft picks if they don’t manage to sneak into the playoffs? The guy has a couple of years of below market value on his contract and he’s an All-Pro. Sure. Trade him to a team that’ll get the #32 pick in the draft. Wow. Cleveland, Tennessee, Indy, Houston…not San Fran lol…NYJ. Those are the teams with the most cap space left AND aren’t really going to make a whole lot of noise. CLE or NYJ would be my teams of choice seeing as they’re not making a lot of noise this year, have a ton of cap space, good QBs, and are on the rise. Win for AZ in that it’ll be good picks coming back, win for the trading team in that it gets Peterson, and win for Peterson in that he gets his trade request fulfilled.
On second thought…keep him until next year just before the draft. If he’s still wanting out, trade with a team after you know their draft slot. They’d still get two more seasons of Peterson under a great contract and AZ will know where they’re picking.
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