October 10, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States; Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift (32) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) and cornerback Patrick Peterson (7) during the second half at US Bank Stadium . Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
The Vikings have positioned themselves for a major overhaul. Back-to-back disappointing years will do that to a team that has high expectations. Most of the turnover will almost certainly take place on defense, meaning very few players are safe from cuts and trades. One of the key decisions incoming decision makers will have to handle is based on the merits of re-signing Patrick Peterson.
The veteran corner played reasonably well, though far from spectacular. He finished as the 64th best corner kick in FFPrankings, an improvement on his 83rd place in the 2020 rankings. It is notable that his defense against the run is ranked 41st overall. Although he is a bit older, Peterson is still strong and physical.
Part of the problem, of course, is that the Vikings needed more. The hope was that he could return to the CB1 state, but those days are probably behind him. Gone are the 4.31 wheels that made it an All Pro in Arizona. However, there is still a role for him on this team.
The Vikings paid him $8 million in 2021. That’s too big a number at this stage of his career. If they bring it back then it should be like CB2. You can still be effective in the right role. Plus, his value extends beyond his personal game. He helps the rest of the defense given the experience and knowledge he has. One thinks of Cameron Dantler’s career when considering another Peterson deal. Re-signing Patrick Peterson would be a boon for the now third-year cornerback.
if you go to over the lid, you will be able to find a page that lists all cornerback salaries in the NFL. Peterson is ranked 25th (out of 297). In other words, Peterson didn’t provide much value to the Vikings. It was one of his 10 highest salaries; unfortunately, he missed time during the season like almost every other player in the team’s top 10 salaries. Combine lost time with solid play and it’s easy to see the deal as at least somewhat wrong.
Going forward, the Vikings should be discussing Peterson’s return. However, the problem is that it must have a discounted price. Like Peterson, Xavier Rhodes is a great cornerback who is now 32 years old. His contract was for $4.77 million. In my opinion, something within that range makes a lot of sense. Anything over $6 million is probably too much right now.
A corner room that begins with Peterson and Dantzler is not a bad place to be. FFPThe top 100 prospects list includes several notable names that should be available at 12th overall. Maybe Kaiir Elam or Ahmad Gardner could be impact rookies. It would also be wise for the Vikings to aggressively pursue a free-agent corner or two. Peterson played 806 open hands and only 14 in the slot. It would be wise to bring someone who can block the slot.
In the past, Patrick Peteson has expressed interest in returning to Minnesota, so re-signing him is far from a long shot. The veteran seems to value the community at large, as well as the team itself. A deal at a reasonable price would make sense for both parties.