Cardinals sign Peterson to five-year extension
Tempe, AZ (Arizona Cardinals) The Arizona Cardinals Football Club today announced that the team has agreed to terms with cornerback Patrick Peterson on a five-year deal that keeps the three-time Pro Bowler under contract with the Cardinals through 2020. In accordance with club policy, terms were not disclosed.
The Cardinals first-round pick (fifth overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft out of LSU, Peterson (6-1, 219) was selected to his third straight Pro Bowl and earned first-team All-Pro honors at cornerback last season after starting all 16 games and registering 40 tackles, three interceptions and a career-high 30 passes defensed.
Peterson becomes the first member of the 2011 draft’s vaunted first round to agree to a contract extension.
One of the game’s top cornerbacks, Peterson has been selected to the Pro Bowl twice at cornerback (2012-13) and once as a kick returner (2011) while also earning first-team All-Pro honors at both cornerback (2013) and kick returner (2011). After being named to the Pro Bowl in 2013, Peterson became just the seventh player in NFL history to be selected to three Pro Bowls prior to his 24th birthday and just the second player in Cardinals history (Hall of Fame HB Ollie Matson) ever to be selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three NFL seasons. He also joined Hall of Famer Rod Woodson as the only NFL players ever to be selected to the Pro Bowl as both a defender and kick returner.
The 24-year old Peterson has started all 48 games at cornerback during his first three seasons in the league and has recorded 162 tackles, 12 interceptions, 60 passes defensed, one sack and a fumble recovery.
The Pompano Beach, FL native became a threat in all phases of the game during his first three NFL seasons. In addition to his 12 career interceptions, he also has four punt return touchdowns, 10 receptions, seven rushing attempts, completed his lone pass attempt and he has blocked two FG attempts. In Week 2 of the ’13 season vs. Detroit, Peterson became the first defender of the modern era to record a reception and complete a pass in the same game.
Peterson made an immediate impact for the Cardinals during his rookie season. In his first career NFL game, he scored a game-winning touchdown on an 89-yard punt return in the fourth quarter vs. Carolina. He went on to become the first player in NFL history with four punt return TDs of 80+ yards in a single season and established an NFL rookie record with 699 punt return yards that year.