Arizona Cardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson is the latest NFL superstar to request a trade. The rebuilding franchise is just 1-6 to start the year, as quarterback Josh Rosen goes through understandable growing pains as a rookie.
CBS Sports' Bryant McFadden, a relative of Peterson, initially said that he wants to be traded to the New Orleans Saints.
Peterson is a former LSU standout, and the Saints appear to be a Super Bowl contender once again this year, after a 2017 resurgence.
Other teams have come up as well, including last year's two Super Bowl participants: the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. Naturally, anything involving the Patriots will get some serious attention.
Team insider Tom E. Curran doesn't see a Patrick Peterson Patriots trade as a fit, though.
From his NBC Sports Boston report on the Peterson rumors:
Bill Belichick’s already declared the Patriots open for business and the Patriots rejiggered Stephon Gilmore’s contract recently.
Does that mean it’s just a matter of time before Peterson is a Patriot? No.
A source tells me the team hasn’t had a single conversation about making a deal with Arizona for the 28-year-old corner. Noodling about how the team would be able to make him fit is a “waste of time.”
It’s not that Peterson isn’t good. He’s terrific. It’s just not feasible given the Patriots current salary cap situation.
The Pats are currently pretty close to hitting the salary cap, and as Curran says (via info from BostonSportsJournal's Miguel Benzan), the team would have to restructure multiple existing deals to fit in Peterson. It doesn't seem like a feasible move at the moment.
The Cardinals have also said that they don't plan to move Peterson, as the trade deadline approaches. That doesn't mean that they won't ultimately bend to his wishes, but New England probably isn't a fit.