Eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson has reportedly reached an agreement with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to multiple reports.
Peterson, a three-time All-Pro in his 12 NFL seasons, wanted to play two more years in the league. Still performing at a high level, ESPN says the Steelers’ deal will fulfill that wish for him.
Peterson has spent the last two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings after making a name for himself with the Arizona Cardinals for 10 years. It was there that Peterson made the Pro Bowl every season from 2011 to 2018.
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But that doesn’t mean the 32-year-old’s production hasn’t been the same since he left. Last season at Minnesota, Peterson totaled five interceptions and 15 passes defensed while adding 66 tackles in 17 games.
Peterson also allowed a 79.6 passer rating after posting a 78.7 mark in the same category in 2021.
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However, the move to the Steelers came as a surprise to people on social media, as the Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals, and others were among the teams rumored to have an interest in him.
He also mentioned on Adam Schefter’s podcast how he’s chasing a Super Bowl ring before hanging up his shoes.
«I’m playing for jewelry at this period in my career,» Peterson said on Saturday’s podcast. «I want to be able to be with the team that’s going to be in the position that’s going to be in the playoffs. That’s the first step. Every team isn’t promised a championship no matter how good the team is. I want to be on a team that can get there. to the playoffs, first and foremost, and to be able to compete for a championship. Right now, I’m looking for a team that can help provide gems.»
The only problem is that the Steelers aren’t in the best position to immediately fight for a ring.
While the team went 9-8 last season, they failed to make the playoffs as the Bengals and Baltimore Ravens had better regular season records. The Steelers also needed to win their final four games of the year to get above .500.
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Head coach Mike Tomlin hopes their offense can bounce back in 2023 as they dealt with some quarterback issues with Mitch Trubisky and rookie Kenny Pickett going back and forth in the starting role.
Perhaps the Steelers can get more consistency on offense, with running back Najee Harris and rookie standout George Pickens, as well as Diontae Johnson at wide receiver.
However, Peterson’s arrival fills the void left by free agent Cam Sutton, who reached a deal with the Detroit Lions on Monday.
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In his career, Peterson has recorded 34 interceptions, 111 passes defensed and 610 tackles in 184 regular season games.