Teams Most Likely To Trade For Patrick Peterson

patrick peterson arizona cardinalsPatrick Peterson, one of the league’s finest cornerbacks, has reportedly demanded to be traded before next Tuesday’s trading deadline as he doesn’t want to be a part of the Arizona Cardinals anymore.

Peterson, who’s slated to make about $11 million next year and is in contract through the 2020 season, is apparently looking for a fresh start away from the team that picked him back in the first round of the 2011 draft.

Although Peterson has since denied those reports with a statement on his Instagram account, and head coach Steve Wilks has stated that trading Peterson is “out of the question,” it’s worth examining what teams are most likely to trade for him.

Peterson has huge value as he’s only 28 and has arguably become the best corner in the NFL right now. He’s capable of shutting down one side of the field and go toe-to-toe against the best receivers in the league

So, with that in mind, and without further ado here’s a list of the teams that could make a move for Peterson:

New Orleans Saints: They would love to get Peterson and he would love going back to Louisiana as he attended LSU when back in college. The problem is that they are strapped financially, as they have only $2 million in cap space; and lack the required draft assets as they own no first or third round picks in next year’s draft.

Pittsburgh Steelers: The problem is that the Steelers lack any extra picks, but they could send their first and second-round picks and include cornerback Artie Burns as part of any package in exchange for Peterson. The Steelers have had secondary issues all season long and adding Peterson would go a long way in solving those defensive woes.

Kansas City Chiefs: Their pass defense is far from an elite unit and would welcome a player of such a high caliber as Patrick Peterson. They tried to lure Earl Thomas away from the Seattle Seahawks and failed so they still need help to solidify their secondary. The Chiefs have enough money to afford Peterson’s contract and the advantage that they have an extra second-round pick from the Los Angeles Rams that they could use as part of any deal for Peterson.

New England Patriots: The Pats have an extra second-round pick from the Chicago Bears and lack depth at cornerback, so they definitely could use him to improve their pass defense. Head coach Bill Belichick has before acted aggressively to get talented cornerbacks, the problem is that Peterson may cost them more than they can afford. The solution would be for the Patriots to engineer some kind of trade attractive enough for the Cards to accept parting with their top defensive asset.

Houston Texans: They lack a true number one cornerback and due to their four-game winning streak they are back in the mix for the AFC South division title and may be looking to bolster their lineup before the trading deadline. Houston has an additional second-round pick that they acquired from the Seattle Seahawks and they could use it to compensate the Cardinals. The Texans are unlikely to finish the season ahead of New England, so the Cardinals would prefer to deal with them as that would grant them higher picks.

Philadelphia Eagles: They are in dire need of cornerback help and should explore the possibility of adding Peterson as they are struggling badly against the pass. The good news is that they’re also part of the group of teams that have additional picks as they acquired a second rounder from the Baltimore Ravens. The Eagles are an aggressive team that is not afraid of making trades and right now can afford Peterson because they have the cap space needed to make the move.

 

 

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