And why wouldn't he want to share those contract details, considering they are astounding:
It's surprising Peterson didn't include Sherman's Twitter handle on that message, because the deal is a bit of a trump card in their little offseason war. If Peterson's numbers are to be believed (and the trend lately is to exaggerate "guaranteed" money, so we'll see), he is now the highest paid cornerback in league history in terms of guaranteed money, replacing Cleveland's Joe Haden, who replaced Sherman. Sherman announced in May he got $40 million guaranteed ($57 million overall over four years), and Haden got $45 million guaranteed from the Browns shortly after, which caused Peterson to exclaim "45!!!!!" on Twitter when it was announced. Well, Peterson beat that with his deal on Tuesday night (by the way, how did the Patriots steal Darrelle Revis for just $12 million on a one-year deal this offseason?).
Peterson has said he's the best cornerback in the game, and he better be for that kind of money. Peterson is the total package, a huge corner who can move around the field and match up in man coverage with the opponent's best receiver. He's also a dynamic punt returner and has played some offense, though he said he's going to exclusively be a cornerback this season.
Given how much money the Cardinals just handed Peterson, they might want to rethink things, and have him perform as many duties as they can think of this year.
- - - - - - -
- American Football
- Sports & Recreation
- Patrick Peterson
- Richard Sherman