Coach Ken Whisenhunt just said the Cards and No. 1 pick Patrick Peterson have agreed to a five-year contract, so the cornerback should be around — assuming he gets in in time to pass a physical — for
Sunday’s afternoon practice I would think Sunday night, ready to practice Monday probably, according to Whisenhunt. With third-round pick Rob Housler getting his own deal earlier in the day, it leaves second-rounder Ryan Williams the last unsigned rookie (and I would guess he will be done very, very soon).
With the addition of free-agent cornerback Richard Marshall on a one-year contract earlier Saturday, the top three Cards’ corners are set: Marshall, Peterson and Greg Toler. How they play out — which ones start and who is the nickel guy — will likely come down to how quickly Peterson assimilates to the NFL game. My guess is the starters are Marshall and Toler, and when Peterson is ready, the better of the other two will team with the No. 1 pick.
Marshall is known as a physical tackler. Toler’s strength is tackling and the word on Peterson is physical first. I know there were a lot of people upset about DRC leaving and DRC was a special talent. But there is no question these three fit the mold of what defensive coordinator Ray Horton says he wants.
UPDATE: And the Cards made another addition to the offensive line as well, coming to terms with Floyd “Pork Chop” Womack, late of the Browns and one-time Seattle Seahawk.