Peterson first-team All-Pro (and Dansby second)

Posted by Darren Urban on January 3, 2014 – 10:24 am

Patrick Peterson’s big year just got a little better Friday, when he was named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press. The AP All-Pro team has generally been accepted as the “the” All-Pro team of the NFL. It encompasses the entire NFL, not a conference. Peterson joined Seattle’s Richard Sherman as the cornerback choice. And there is some good news for linebacker Karlos Dansby, who was a Pro Bowl snub. Dansby ended up making second-team All-Pro along with Bengals star and former ASU Sun Devil Vontaze Burfict. The first team inside linebackers were Luke Kuechly of Carolina and NaVorro Bowman of San Francisco.

It was interesting that there is no second-team All-Pro quarterback — which can only mean that Denver’s Peyton Manning received all 50 of the votes from the AP selection committee.

I know a lot of people, for some reason, had issues with Peterson’s play this season. I get the frustration as punt returner but I thought Peterson was very good most of the time at cornerback. I believe he is deserving of an All-Pro slot. I guess I wasn’t the only one. It was nice to see Dansby recognized after he did not get named to the Pro Bowl list nor rank high enough on the alternate list to be so named. There are some great inside linebackers in the NFL right now, though. Patrick Willis, for instance, is not on the All-Pro list.


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23 Responses to “Peterson first-team All-Pro (and Dansby second)”

  1. By Nick Pepe on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    Congratulations Patrick and Karlos!

    Nick Pepe
    Lifetime Member
    Can’t Wait for Fourteen

  2. By Storm Byrd on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    Fans were upset with Peterson’s play? Who? Obviously not someone who pays much attention to his play. He may never return a punt for a TD, but he’s a CB. If he plays well at that position, that’s all that matters. Everything else he does is bonus.

  3. By SteveG on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    Not a bad New year’s gift for two guys about to negotiate contracts….

    I don’t think PP is as good as he is going to be…but he is so important to the D..Having one half of the field basically “off limits”….

    WHEN DOES CAMP OPEN?? (OK, I may be hyperventilating just a smidge here…)

  4. By Storm Byrd on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    Peterson is a CB. That is where he needs to play spectacular. Anything else he does is just a bonus at this point. He’s been strong at his position and that’s what is being recognized here. If he never returns a punt for a TD, it won’t matter because he’s playing phenomenal at CB against every team’s WR1.

  5. By kauaicardsfan on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    Hauoli Makahiki Hou Darren,

    Any news if any contract negotiations started with any of the UFA players?
    Or if they started working on PP contract?

    Looking forward to a great year!

    Mahalo Darren!

  6. By Darren Urban on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    Kauai —

    RE: FAs

    I’m sure they have done some initial touching base.

  7. By Dynosoar on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    I’m a believer, let’s get Dansby signed so he’ll stay. I’d think he’d want to, with the way he and the rest of the team is playing and under Keim and Arians, this may be the best place to get his ring.

    I’m grateful after an offseason chasing Manning and another finding Coach Arians that we don’t have any of the drama associated with these two positions.

    I really felt we had a shot at the playoffs this year from day one and we did. Just one stop on the last three minutes of one of four games and we would’ve been playing this weekend. That’s a far cry from the previous two seasons.

    We’re headed for homefield advantage in February of 2015, just need to make a few adjustments is all. A Peterson, Dansby and Winston extension would be three adjustments I’d make.

    “2014 is our year!” – PP

  8. By Matt D from UK on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    There were a couple, and I must emphasize only a couple of games where man-to-man, sometimes the opposition got the better of PP. Megatron sticks out the most (but that is Megatron).

    Saying that, its only the guy’s 3rd season in the NFL. And he takes on the leagues best mano-a-mano week in week out and will only continue to get better and become that shutdown corner we know he can be.

    P2 Island, coming soon!!

  9. By John The Draft Guy on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    The top five ILBs average salaries range between 8 to 9 million.

    The only ILBs who are older that I could compare to Dansby would be London Fletcher and Stephan Tulloch. They are on contracts that pays an average of 5.1-5.3 million.

    I believe Dansby made 2.25 mil last year. which was the 24th ILB last year in pay.

    Dansby is second team probowler. His stats this year could match up with anyone.

    So, a two year , 12 million dollar contract is what I would guess is required to land Dansby.

    Can the Cards swing that, extend PP, and get the others needed to resign?

    The cards have around 3.5 million to resign guys from what I am seeing.

    I think if you can lower Palmers 10 million number, Fitz’s 18 million number, and Docketts 8.5 million number, releasing Colledge would save almost 3 million, Brinkley cut would save 2 million, ryan Williams would save 1 million.

    Of course, you still need to sign players to round out the 53 man roster which will take up some money along with some rookies.

    Bottom line, I read that Keim is looking at 2015 to have the cap under control. (interesting that Fitz contract is up after 2015 and his 21 million hit only has 5 million in dead money, lowering his cap number by 16 million if traded or released in 2015) Therefore, will he redo Fitz contract or extend Palmer’s ? If not, can you land Dansby at 5 – 6 million a year?

  10. By Darren Urban on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Fitz deal

    You know Fitz’s contract isn’t up after 2015, right? Goes longer than that.

  11. By erik on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    There are a lot of good players in the NFL, holy cow!
    No excuse for Campbell not being on the list, though. The guy is amazing!
    I know they have to work with the cap, but Dansby was THE BEST defensive player in the entire league this season. They have to keep him.

  12. By John The Draft Guy on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    Yes, 15 million in both ’16 and ’17.
    but no dead money.

    I was looking at the dead money and clearing the cap space.

    Also, as you know, I am all for redoing Fitz contract and extending it. I think he has several years of production ahead.

    I just wonder if Keim and company want to take on that (extending Fitz contract) or allow it all to play out. Palmer is at a relatively lower number for a franchise QB and if we draft one, his numbers could stay decent till after 2015. At that point, the cards could evaluate Fitz and of course Floyd is a FA.
    Of course doing that way, you carry Fitz 18 and 21.5 over the next two years.

  13. By georgiebird on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    The All-Pro voting is not an exact science. The guys in the media like PP and we can all agree that PP is a very talented player. But on the Cardinals defense, I felt that DD, CC, JA, KD and TM had a better year than PP.
    Next year, I hope that PP accepts the award as a challenge to claim the top spot from Richard Sherman. We didn’t see the best of PP in 2013.

  14. By Eazy E on Jan 4, 2014 | Reply

    Patrick Peterson haters that are supposedly cardinals fans!?

  15. By johnnybluenose on Jan 4, 2014 | Reply

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  16. By Chuck 1 on Jan 4, 2014 | Reply

    From the Minnesota Vikings to interview Browns’ Ray Horton

    I hope that Horton gets the job. Then, we’ll see if he’s as good as he thinks he is.

  17. By Rugbymuffin on Jan 4, 2014 | Reply

    Some people will complain about the harp music in heaven.

  18. By Eric G on Jan 4, 2014 | Reply

    What frustration as a punt returner? Teams were kicking it high and out of bounds to prevent returns. Sure that’s his fault, but for a good reason, teams were scared to kick it to him. I’d love to see what the average punt distance was against the Cards. Not the Net, but the Gross punt average, from the line of scrimmage to where the punt landed. I’m willing to bet the Cards were near the lowest on that scale thanks to P2.

  19. By Andy Kw on Jan 4, 2014 | Reply

    The Arizona Cardinals have a lot of potential going into next season but there are key players that we need back:
    RB Rashard Mendenhall: He has improved in every game he played and will provide nice depth when splitting reps with Andre Ellington.
    WR Andre Roberts: He is one of the best slot receiver in the NFL and his dangerous when in the endzone. When Floyd and Fitzgerald aren’t open, Roberts is always there to make the play. He has great hands and he makes our offense full of surprises.
    OT Eric Winston: He provided better protection, provided consistency to the OL, and is healthy. We bring him back and our protection will be strong.
    LB Karlos Dansby: Obviously he was the Defensive MVP on this team and the most consistent player as well. He can tackle, intercept, pressure, and is a beast out there on the field. He made our defense better and we need to sign him to a big contract for 2-3 years.
    P Dave Zastudil: In my opinion, he is the best punter in the NFL. He kicks the ball inside the 20 and is phenomenal.

    Players to bring back hopefully with no problem: LB Marcus Benard, TE Jim Dray, TE Jake Ballard, DE Frostee Rucker, CB Bryan McCann
    K Jay Feely: He is a great guy and a good kicker. What I don’t like is when we lose on his bad days. We need consistency at the position. Field goals within 45 should be easily made 100% of the time. Field goals missed beyond 50 or 60 makes sense. But when we end up missing 30 yd field goals, we know that there is something wrong. I have no problem with him coming back but if he doesn’t then I would understand as well. He is truly one amazing guy on and off the field.

    LB Matt Shaughnessy: He will probably test the market but we should bring him back but we could go after younger and stronger guys like LB Brian Orakpo. He will be a Free Agent as well and will probably look for a contender. Each one of these guys are beasts so either one should be signed.

    Players to look for in Free Agency: RB, TE, OLB, SS, K, KR(Maybe LaRod Stephens-Howling?)

  20. By WVcardFan on Jan 4, 2014 | Reply

    JTDG, Colledge will be restructured, not cut. While the team would save $3M by cutting him, they would still absorb a $4.5M dead money cap hit. They are not going to cut a decent OG AND take a dead money hit that large. Doesn’t make sense.

    Dansby was more a victim of how the rosters are slotted for “Pro Bowl” than anything. In this era, with so many teams playing a 3-4, it’s silly that the positions are picked based basically on the 4-3 configuration. For instance, they shouldn’t pick just “DE’s”, because DE JJ Watt and DE Robert Quinn are two COMPLETELY different types of players. They should pick “Edge Rushers,” which would be 4-3 DE and 3-4 OLB. “Interior” DL would be 3-4 DE. 4-3 DT, or 3-4 NT. There should be ONE slot for 4-3 OLB (and it should have gone to Lavonte David) and “Inside LB” should be for any 3-4 ILB or 4-3 MIKE. And if you look at the stats, Dansby and Bowman were the 2 best, with Kuechly third. Willis did NOT have a Pro Bowl year. He made it on reputation.

  21. By red bird of death! on Jan 5, 2014 | Reply

    We would have handed a beat down to the saints or the eagles ……..damn shame.

  22. By clssylssy on Jan 5, 2014 | Reply

    The media are the influence peddlers of the NFL and hitmen for franchises trying to coerce players into playing on the cheap. The “power of the press” cannot be underestimated and make professional sports “a black hole of authenticity” as evidence by the $50,000 fine put on Marshawn Lynch for not talking to the media. These annual “awards” have become more of a marketing tool than an honor and are a farce. The CBA was suppose to take care of the veteran players but failed as the fans were in a hurry to get the lockout over and get on with the regular season. As a fan of the game first, a player advocate second I hope fans across the league will send Lynch Skittles to let him know we don’t support the NFL’s Big Brother mentality and take the right to free speech (or silence) seriously! That being said, it was obvious that the media was all but ready to annoite Nick Foles the second coming of Peyton Manning and Chip Kelly the Coach of the Year before the old man Drew Brees/Sean Payton snatched victory from their hands…LOL! Gotta love it but believe the Cards are still better and the NFC West will rule!

  23. By Jim E. on Jan 6, 2014 | Reply

    Peterson turned into all talk no show this season. He needs his play to do the talking.

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