The draft class of 2011, by rule of the collective bargaining agreement, could not receive a contract extension/new deal until after three seasons in the NFL — which makes it after the close of the 2013 regular season. Patrick Peterson, rising star and two-for-two in Pro Bowls thus far, is from the class of 2011. General Manager Steve Keim has never said the Cardinals will be addressing Peterson’s deal after the season, but at some point, it will be discussed. (Peterson is technically under contract through 2014, although there is a team option for 2015. I’d guess neither side wants it to come to that.)
The news Peterson is changing agents isn’t completely shocking. These things happen a lot. I remember Anquan Boldin changing agents a couple of times ahead of his first contract extension. There’s no way to know exactly why Peterson is making a change, and it could be tied to potential upcoming negotiations. This is not a small amount of money we will be talking about.
But I don’t think this will have a ton to do with the Cardinals and their future with Peterson in this regard: Peterson, even at his age, is pretty business-savvy. He knows what he is worth. I think the Cards and Peterson were going to have to hammer out an expensive deal no matter who the agent would be. That it is happening now may speak to Peterson’s expectations on a timeline for such a thing, but that probably is all it will be. Keim knows Peterson’s value, and has never wavered in the idea Peterson will be here long term.
UPDATE: And apparently Peterson isn’t wavering either. after the Pro Bowler put out this tweet Wednesday night:
I’m not going anywhere, I’m here to stay. The ppl who once was is tho.
— Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) November 28, 2013
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