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Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson is the Highest Paid Cornerback in NFL

July 31st, 2014 at 5:32 AM
By Steve Smith

The Arizona Cardinals made a very sound move by signing Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson to a five-year, $70 million contract. $48 million of that pact is guaranteed.

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The deal will keep Peterson with the Red Birds until 2020. That's a sound move. Teamed with Antonio Cromartie, Peterson gives the Cards one of the best cornerback duos in the National Football League.

Peterson's deal will surpass extensions signed recently by the Cleveland Browns' Joe Haden (five years, $68 million) and Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman (four years, $56 million).

The LSU product was selected fifth overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. He is a three-time Pro Bowler and a two-time NFL All-Pro performer. Peterson has 12 career interceptions and is considered a shutdown cornerback.

Only two cornerbacks – Sherman (20) and Tim Jennings of Chicago (15) have more interceptions in the league since 2011.

During his rookie season, Peterson also served as a punt returner and tied an NFL record with four touchdowns. In his three years in the league, Peterson hasn't been to the playoffs, but he took on a role of Mr. Everything for the Red Birds and played offense, defense and special teams during the 2013 season.

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Arizona Cardinals Have an Interesting 2014 Preseason Schedule

July 30th, 2014 at 6:29 AM
By Steve Smith

Training Camp for the Arizona Cardinals is in full swing now at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Not too far down the road will be the start of Arizona's 2014 preseason schedule. It will be here before you know it.

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It's blazing hot in the valley right now so sit back (hopefully by a swimming pool) and view the Red Birds' pre-season slate below:

Aug. 9 – Houston at Arizona: It will be interesting if often-injured running back Arian Foster of the Texans gets some playing time in this first contest. Also, how will first round draft pick Jadeveon Clowney look in his first NFL game? Expect Carson Palmer to play just one series in this one.

Aug. 16 – Arizona at Minnesota: Larry Fitzgerald returns to his home state in this contest. How much playing time will the Vikings give All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson? How much has Jonathan Cooper progressed for the Cards by this point?

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Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson Can Now Just Focus on Playing Cornerback

July 29th, 2014 at 6:12 AM
By Steve Smith

Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals has spent some of his young career returning punts and playing wide receiver.

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Now he can concentrate on just being a Pro Bowl cornerback, one of the best in the NFL.

With the additions of Ted Ginn, Jr. and John Brown, the Red Birds are all set with punt return men. Brown, Ginn,Jr.and Walt Powell give the Cards additional depth at wide receiver so Peterson, who was basically Arizona's fourth WR last season, does not have to worry about that dynamic in 2014.

Regarding relinquishing those duties, Peterson stated the following via azcardinals.com:

"My duties are now done. But I am completely OK with it.”

The three-time Pro Bowler is also in the process of working on a contract extension.

He said that those contract talks aren't a distraction.

"Not at all,” Peterson said. “I am here to play football, I have two years left on my deal and I want to do the best I can to help this team win. I haven’t been to the playoffs since I have been here and that’s my first goal. That’s what I am focusing in on right now."

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Larry Fitzgerald Likes What He Sees in 2014 Arizona Cardinals

July 28th, 2014 at 6:25 AM
By Steve Smith

Arizona Cardinals Training Camp is just two days old so far in Glendale but Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald likes what he sees from his teammates in the early stages of training camp.

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The University of Pittsburgh product seems very optimistic about the 2014 version of the Red Birds.

"Our Super Bowl team (2009), we got hot at the right time," Fitzgerald told azcentral.com. "I don't think we were as talented as we are right now. Obviously, we had a Hall of Fame quarterback in Kurt Warner and a Hall of Fame receiver in Anquan Boldin back then, but look across this room.

"We have John Abraham, Patrick Peterson, Antonio Cromartie, Darnell Dockett, guys who are Pro Bowl regulars. We have rising stars in Andre Ellington and Michael Floyd, along with myself. The offensive line is the strongest I've ever seen since I've been here. We've got five tight ends that could make the team, and that kind of everyday competition makes us so much better. We have a really strong group of men."

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Rookie QB Logan Thomas Looks to Make Strong Impression During Arizona Cardinals Training Camp

July 27th, 2014 at 6:35 AM
By Steve Smith

Now that Arizona Cardinals Training Camp 2014 is underway, a battle has begun in earnest to see who will earn the right to be the third quarterback on head coach Bruce Arians' depth chart.

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As presently constituted, veterans Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton are first and second on the QB depth chart, respectively. That leaves Ryan Lindley and rookie Logan Thomas to battle it out for the third spot.

Thomas was drafted in the fourth round of this year's NFL Draft (120th overall). The Virginia Tech product is known for having a strong but somewhat inaccurate arm.

Thomas took about 25 percent of the snaps in team OTA's and all the snaps in rookie minicamp. Now comes the next big step – how will he fare in training camp and preseason action?

Let's take a look at Thomas' updated scouting profile via nfl.com:

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