07/30 00:27 CDT Peterson says he's got 5-year, $70 million deal
Peterson says he's got 5-year, $70 million deal
AP Sports Writer
PHOENIX (AP) --- Cornerback Patrick Peterson says he has reached agreement on a
five-year, $70 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals, with $48 million
Peterson revealed the terms via twitter Tuesday night. The Cardinals announced
the deal a short time later, but did not disclose the terms.
The agreement keeps Peterson under contract with Arizona through 2020.
Peterson has made the Pro Bowl in each of his three seasons in the NFL, first
as a kick returner then the last two years at cornerback, after Arizona made
him the No. 5 pick overall out of LSU in 2011.
He had two years left on his original contract after Arizona had picked up its
fifth-year option earlier this year.
The personable, self-proclaimed best cornerback in the NFL probably wanted the
world to know his deal exceeded those of cornerbacks Joe Haden of Cleveland and
Richard Sherman of Seattle.
Haden signed a five-year, $68 million contract with $45 million guaranteed,
Sherman a four-year, $56 million deal with $40 million guaranteed.
Peterson is the first to reach agreement in the intial class of the players
subjected to a fifth-year option on their contract. Under the latest collective
bargaining agreement, players picked 1 through 10 have a fifth-year option on
their contracts that clubs can exercise.
That group includes Cam Newton and J.J. Watt.
A news conference with Peterson was scheduled for Wednesday morning.
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