The NFL has suspended Arizona veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson for the first six games of the 2019 season. The LSU product tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Peterson will miss out on $3,882,352 in lost wages. Holy Ouch!
Peterson has made the Pro Bowl in each of his eight seasons as a pro. He has never missed a game since Arizona made him the No. 5 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
There had been some recent speculation that Kansas City was interested in trading for Peterson, who has two years remaining on his contract at $11 million (for 2019) and $12.05 million (2020). This suspension could make the Chiefs hesitant to do so, however.
Peterson skipped the Cardinals’ voluntary veteran minicamp in April. He demanded a trade during the middle of last season before making a public apology after meeting with ownership. Peterson has recently indicated on multiple social-media posts that he’s not happy, including one that simply read: “I see where we stand.”
Arizona opens the season at home vs. Detroit. The Cardinals’ next five games look like this: at Baltimore, vs. Carolina, vs. Seattle, at Cincinnati and vs. Atlanta.
Most books are listing Arizona as a one-point home underdog for its opener against the Lions. Sportsbook has the Cardinals with the NFL’s lowest season win total of 5.5 (“under” -135, “over” +105). They have 125/1 odds to win Super Bowl LIV.
The 28-year-old Peterson has 385 career tackles, 23 interceptions, 76 passes defensed, nine fumble recoveries, three sacks, one forced fumble, one pick six and 1,816 yards on punt returns with four touchdowns. He had 54 tackles, one sack, two interceptions and five passes defensed in 2018.
Arizona has started a new era with its hire of former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury. The Cardinals then drafted quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. That decision prompted the team to deal Josh Rosen, last year’s first-round selection, to the Miami Dolphins. With a rookie head coach and QB, Arizona was already facing an uncertain future. Peterson’s suspension makes that future appear cloudier.