Arizona Cardinals should trade 'frustrated' Patrick Peterson, says Deion Sanders

NFL analyst Deion Sanders said Arizona should trade Patrick Peterson to the Packers. Tyvon Branch thinks that's just

On the same day the Cardinals acquired one Peterson, one of the NFL’s better defensive backs of all-time suggested the Cardinals should trade the Peterson they already had on their roster.

During Tuesday’s telecast of “21st and Prime” on the NFL Network, analyst and Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders speculated that cornerback Patrick Peterson has grown frustrated with playing for the Cardinals and that Arizona should consider trading the six-time Pro Bowl selection to the Green Bay Packers.

Earlier in the day, the Cardinals announced they had dealt a conditional (sixth-round) draft pick to the Saints in exchange for running back Adrian Peterson, the three-time NFL rushing champion who ranks 16th all-time in total rushing yards with 11,828.

“I don’t know if you know it, but do you remember a guy by the name of Prime Time?” Sanders said, referring to himself. “He was kind of in the same situation with a struggling team called the Atlanta Falcons. Then lo and behold, this team from San Francisco just needed this little extra push, called, and he came on running and the rest is history – a gold jacket later.

“Let me tell you something. Patrick Peterson is a shutdown corner. He’s a prolific corner and he’s a prolific punt returner. But he’s getting frustrated – solid frustration – playing with the Arizona Cardinals. I wish they would let him go – if we had our dreams and wishes – to let him go to a playoff contender, possibly a Super Bowl contender in the Green Bay Packers. That would be phenomenal. It would be good for our game. It would be good for both parties because I’m sure Arizona could get a whole lot for a Patrick Peterson.”

 

Sanders, it should be noted, also called for the Cardinals to trade Peterson back in July. That time, however, he suggested they should move him to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Peterson wasn’t available for comment on Wednesday – he usually speaks to the media on Thursday – but Cardinals safety Tyvon Branch laughed off Sanders’ suggestion of trading Peterson, period.

“I don’t know, man, it sounds like he’s got something personal tied into that,” Branch said. “I don’t know what’s going on with that. Pat loves being here and he’s a great teammate. He goes out there and he plays with a lot of passion, he plays with a lot of heart. You can see from his style of play, man, he gets after their best receiver every week, so I don’t know where that came from.”

 

Peterson stuck with No. 23

He’s worn No. 28 ever since he entered the NFL in 2007, but upon becoming a member of the Cardinals this week, Adrian Peterson had no luck in trying to pry No. 28 away from cornerback Justin Bethel. That’s been Bethel’s number for the past six seasons, and Peterson either didn’t or wouldn’t offer up enough to make Bethel change jersey numbers.

“We had a conversation. It didn’t last long at all,” Peterson said. “We kind of discussed it a little bit, and at the end of the day, I’ll be wearing a different number. … We just didn’t agree, I’ll say that.”

For now, at least, Peterson will wear No. 23, which most recently belonged to the man he replaces in the Cardinals’ backfield, Chris Johnson. Peterson said he has no issues with Bethel holding on to No. 28 and added he respects him as a person and a player.

“I like him. He’s a guy that I’ve watched and I appreciate,” Peterson said. “He’s one of those guys that came from the bottom who has made a name for himself. He’s a hard worker and he represents that number well. If it was another guy, I would probably be tougher on him, but he can have it."

According to NFL rules, the league wouldn't have allowed a jersey number exchange anyway. It is against league policy for players to switch jersey numbers in-season. It can only occur should a position switch also be involved, such as a lineman moving to a receiver or fullback position.

 

Roster move

Rookie guard Dorian Johnson, a fourth-round pick out of Pittsburgh who initially was seen as one of the Cardinals’ starting guards of the future, was signed off of Arizona’s practice squad by the Houston Texans. By rule, he had to be added to the Texans’ 53-man active roster.

When he was drafted, Johnson was to compete with second-year pro Evan Boehm for the starting right guard spot and/or possibly be ready to eventually replace veteran left guard Mike Iupati. Johnson never made a push, however, struggling in training camp and during the preseason.

Why didn’t it work out?

“It just didn’t,” coach Bruce Arians said. “He struggled in pass protection and we saw progress, but not the speed that we would have liked to add him on the active roster.”

The Cardinals re-signed tackle/guard Givens Price to replace Johnson on the 10-man practice squad.

McCoy warns of ‘uproar’

Buccaneers defensive lineman Gerald McCoy, speaking on ESPN's Adam Schefter’s podcast, said he thinks there could be an “uproar” if NFL players are forced to stand for the national anthem.

“I don’t think guys are gonna like it,” McCoy said. “I think it’s gonna be an uproar if that is to happen because you’re basically taking away a constitutional right to freedom of speech. If guys want to have a – I guess you would call it a peaceful protest – I don’t think it’s right to take that away.”

arizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 1 Arizona Cardinals long snapper Justin Drescher (49) waits for a play during practice at the team's training facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 11, 2017.  Michael Chow/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 2 Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson talks with running backs coach Freddie Kitchens during practice at the team's training facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 11, 2017.  Michael Chow/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 3 Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians watches Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (23) walk to practice at the team's training facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 11, 2017.  Michael Chow/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 4 Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) and wide receiver J.J. Nelson (14) waits for a punt during special teams practice at the team's training facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 11, 2017.  Michael Chow/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 5 Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians watches special teams practice at the team's training facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 11, 2017.  Michael Chow/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 6 Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) walks out to practice at the team's training facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 11, 2017.  Michael Chow/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 7 Arizona Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams (33) fields a punt during practice at the team's training facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 11, 2017.  Michael Chow/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 8 Cardinals John Brown (12) talks with teammates during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 9 Cardinals John Brown (12) catches passes during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 10 Cardinals John Brown (12) catches passes during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 11 Cardinals Phil Dawson (4) kicks field goals during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 12 Cardinals Carlos Dansby (56) runs during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 13 Cardinals Chandler Jones (55) jokes with teammates during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 14 Cardinals Tramon Williams (25) wears his hood up at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 15 Cardinals Tyvon Branch (27) jokes with teammates on the sidelines at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 16 Cardinals Antoine Bethea (41) puts his helmet on during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 17 Cardinals Brandon Williams (26) walks back to the sidelines during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 18 Cardinals special teams runs on a kickoff during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 19 Cardinals Phil Dawson (4) kicks off during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 20 Cardinals Chanlder Jones (55) peaks as he covers his eyes while catching footballs on the sidelines at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 21 Cardinals Chandler Jones (55) throws a football to teammates on the sidelines during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 22 Cardinals Chandler Jones (55) throws a football to teammates on the sidelines during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 23 Cardinals Patrick Peterson warms up on the sidelines during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 24 Cardinals Patrick Peterson warms up on the sidelines during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 25 Cardinals Kerwynn Williams (33) runs back a kickoff during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 26 Cardinals Kerwynn Williams (33) runs back a kickoff during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 27 Cardinals Kerwynn Williams (33) runs back a kickoff during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 28 Cardinals Brittan Golden (10) runs back a kickoff during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 29 Cardinals Deone Bucannon (20) looks on from the sidelines during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 30 Cardinals Patrick Peterson warms up on the sidelines during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 31 Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald (11) and Carson Palmer (3) take to the dome for practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 32 Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer,left, talks with quarterback Drew Stanton during practice in the bubble at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 33 Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton catches a ball during practice in the bubble at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 34 Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton, right, throws the ball to quarterback Blaine Gabbert, left, during practice in the bubble at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 35 Arizona Cardinals offensive linemen D.J. Humphries, left, (74) and Will Holden, (69) collide during practice as Jared Veldheer, (68) upper left, and Vinston Painter, (78) upper right, watch in the bubble at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 36 Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians watches practice from the end zone in the bubble at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 37 Arizona Cardinals offensive linemen Will Holden, (69), left, and D.J. Humphries, (74) prepare to collide during practice as Vinston Painter, (78) upper left, and Jared Veldheer, (68) upper right, watch in the bubble at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 38 Arizona Cardinals offensive linemen Will Holden, (69), third from left, and D.J. Humphries, (74) right, collide during practice as Vinston Painter, (78) upper left, and Jared Veldheer, (68) second from left, watch in the bubble at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 39 Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, left, and offensive lineman D.J. Humphries, (74) right, talk in the endzone of the bubble during practice at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 40 Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, left, and offensive lineman D.J. Humphries, (74) right, talk in the endzone of the bubble during practice at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 41 Arizona Cardinals linebacker Deone Bucannon walks the sidelines in the bubble during practice at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 42 Arizona Cardinals linebackers Deone Bucannon, left and Karlos Dansby wait on the sidelines in the bubble during practice at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 43 Arizona Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams runs back a punt in the bubble during practice at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 44 Arizona Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams runs back a punt in the bubble during practice at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 45 Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman D.J. Humphries, (74) , left, comes in to practice in the bubble at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 46 Arizona Cardinals special teams coordinator Amos Jones speaks with Ifeanyi Momah, 80, left, Rudy Ford, 30, and Bryson Albright, 54, right, practice at the Tempe training facility, Wednesday, September 27, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-should-trade-frustrated-patrick-peterson-says-deion-sanders photo 47

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