Peterson contract wait no surprise

Posted by Darren Urban on June 27, 2014 – 8:05 am

I’ve gotten multiple questions about Patrick Peterson’s potential extension – or possible extension, or inevitable extension, however you want to describe it – and for now, it’s about waiting. There have been initial talks, but as Kent Somers breaks down, there are reasons for that. I’m not sure when this will get done, other than I feel confident in saying it will get done at some point.

The 2011 first-rounders are all in the same boat, however. Of the 32 first-round picks from 2011 – the ones who had the fifth-year player option available to the teams to lock up the 2015 season, as the Cardinals did with Peterson –a total of 21 had their 2015 option picked up. Of the 11 that didn’t have it picked up, three have been traded (QB Blaine Gabbert, WR Jonathan Baldwin, OL Gabe Carimi) and one was cut (OL Danny Watkins).

None have yet signed an extension.

Not all are going to get an extension. It’s very much up in the air if a Christian Ponder or Jake Locker will ever get another deal with the teams that picked them (actually, it’s probably a sure thing Ponder will not). Many, though, will, and while it’s on everybody’s mind here about Peterson, the top of that draft has plenty of players about which everyone will be waiting to see when they get their new contracts and how much it is:

(1) Carolina              Cam Newton                     2015 option picked up
(2) Denver                Von Miller                     2015 option picked up
(3) Buffalo               Marcell Dareus                 2015 option picked up
(4) Cincinnati           A.J. Green                     2015 option picked up
(5) Arizona               Patrick Peterson              2015 option picked up
(6) Atlanta               Julio Jones                    2015 option picked up
(7) San Francisco     Aldon Smith                    2015 option picked up
(9) Dallas                Tyron Smith                    2015 option picked up
(11) Houston              J.J. Watt                      2015 option picked up

There is cap room to get something done, but then again, a team can always find the cap room to get deals done if they need it anyway. Is it possible there won’t be any deals until after the season for any of the 2011 first rounders? I could see it. The wait will be, well, whatever the wait is. Guys like Newton, Miller, Green, Jones, Watt and Peterson — I know this, that they will all get a new contract with their current team. It’s about when, not if.

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7 Responses to “Peterson contract wait no surprise”

  1. By Dr. G. on Jun 27, 2014 | Reply

    From the business side of things, what is wrong with completing the obligations set forth in a contract for both parties? ((Nothing)) Your word, and signature should be the value of your character. The options: the player can test the market, or he can be franchised… either is good for him.

    The emotional side says: OMG, don’t let a particular player get away; pay him whatever he wants. Egos matter, ya know!

  2. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Jun 27, 2014 | Reply

    That is an impressive draft at the top 11 or so …

  3. By tyman on Jun 28, 2014 | Reply

    Patrick is one of the best.
    If I where the GM of the Cards. I’d want to see some shutdown games this year before I forked over a huge contract.
    Just saying 49ers have had his number it seems.

  4. By desertpirate on Jun 28, 2014 | Reply

    I hear what you’re saying Dr. G., but the NFLPA has cluttered up the contract business with so many wherefores and whereas clauses, that a contract isn’t much of a contract anymore. Contract or not, if a man deserves a raise, give it to him and lock up his services for a few more years.

  5. By Chuck 1 on Jun 29, 2014 | Reply


    And, if he doesn’t play as well as he says that he does e.g. letting certain WRs turn him inside out, what do you do?
    Still give him a big raise?

  6. By the way... Dr. G. on Jun 30, 2014 | Reply

    desertpirate – Chuck1 – The two of you propose opposite scenarios, and both are valid. I stated an opinion from a legal point of view.

    PP, as those on Darren’s list of 2011 players isn’t going anywhere. the Cards now have the 5th year option and a franchise tag if needed. It is bad business to cancel a man’s contract just because he is running around Europe in a tee shirt with a GIANT $ on it. PP thinks Sherman’s deal is his barometer. This thought can create anxiety and anger for him. He needs to see his agent for a reality check.

    Check out the link for all the Cards salaries and study the numbers. Also, a 1st rounder from 2011 can be extended for a 5th year at the team’s option, then a franchise tag…etc.

    Who can feel pain for a player making nearly $6 MILLION this year? He had over $18 MILLION already guaranteed! I think I would have more concern about Floyd coming on strong and looking at him first….perhaps others…

    We need to keep our word and change it in rare positive circumstances.

    Let me know your reactions…. Thx and be well….. Cards – Team 1st…

  7. By Big Ken on Jul 4, 2014 | Reply

    Patrick is playing this smart on and off the field. Shutdown games, breakout season? Oh I think they’re coming.

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