On Monday ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson wanted the team to trade him ahead of the Oct. 30 deadline.
Cardinals’ All Pro CB Patrick Peterson has asked Arizona to deal him by the Oct. 30 trade deadline, per league sources. Peterson feels as if the situation is deteriorating and continues to reaffirm to others that he “desperately” wants out, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 22, 2018
Head coach Steve Wilks met with media shortly after that and made it clear that’s not happening.
“We’re not trading Patrick. That’s out of the question.” https://t.co/GP0bQjTvYG
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 22, 2018
Neither of these reactions are surprising.
That Peterson wants out of Arizona — an apparent sinking ship at the moment — is understandable. He’s an All-Pro cornerback who wants to compete at the highest level, and the Cardinals are arguably the worst team the NFL has to offer.
That Wilks and the Cardinals are adamantly against trading their star is understandable, too. If this team is going to pull itself out of the hole it is currently in, then it will need stars like Peterson to do it.
For what it’s worth, the Cardinals do have Peterson under contract for two more seasons. But there isn’t much more guarantees left on the deal, and the cornerback could certainly cause some drama if he wants to because of that.