The Arizona Cardinals have one of, if not the best overall cornerback in Patrick Peterson. No player in the league posses his ability to be shutdown corner, as well as an elite return man.
There is constant talk about whether Peterson is the best corner in the NFL. Now, he’ll be paid like he might just be.
Peterson announced on Twitter he had agreed to a 5-year extension that keeps him under contract through the 2020 season.
Happy to announce my 5 year extension with @AZCardinals! $70M and $48M Guaranteed!! #AZCardinals #P2Nation #YearOfTheCardinal— Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) July 30, 2014
The other three cornerbacks discussed as the best in the NFL are the Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman, New England Patriots' Darrelle Revis and Cleveland Browns' Joe Haden. They have all have gotten new contracts recently.
Revis, released by Tampa Bay, signed a 1-year, $12 million deal. Sherman signed a 4-year extension that will pay him an average of $14 million. Haden signed a 5-year extension that will pay him an average of $13.5 million.
Perhaps, the bigger story is that Peterson is the first member of the 2011 draft class’s first round to receive an extension. He still had two years remaining on his rookie deal. There's plenty of players from that class that have earned a new deal, some of which will put them among the highest-paid at their respective positions.
Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green, Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith, Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones, Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt, St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn and Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller should all be among the highest-paid players at their respective positions when they sign new deals.
Some other players from that draft waiting on new deals includes Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston and New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson.