Teams have been more active than ever before in the days leading up to the 2018 NFL trade deadline. In the last week, we have seen Amari Cooper get traded to the Dallas Cowboys; Carlos Hyde get dealt to the Jacksonville Jaguars; Damon Harrison get sent to the Detroit Lions; and Eli Apple get shipped to the New Orleans Saints. The next big-name player who could be dealt before the deadline at 4:00 p.m. EST on October 30: Arizona Cardinals All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Peterson requested a trade following the Cardinals’ embarrassing 45-10 loss to the Denver Broncos last Thursday.
Cardinals’ All Pro CB Patrick Peterson has asked Arizona to deal him by the Oct. 30 trade deadline, per league sources. Peterson feels as if the situation is deteriorating and continues to reaffirm to others that he “desperately” wants out, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 22, 2018
The seven-time Pro Bowler has since said that his focus is on playing for the Cardinals, but that doesn’t mean he is content with staying in Arizona.
With that being said, here’s who the Las Vegas oddsmakers see Peterson playing for post-NFL trade deadline.
Odds courtesy of Bovada as of October 24, 2018.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1500)
The Buccaneers have a lot of talent, particularly on the offensive side of the ball, but this scenario simply would not satisfy Peterson’s desire to compete for a championship.
On a side note, the fact that Tampa Bay General Manager Jason Licht worked in Arizona with and under G.M. Steve Keim for two seasons might be what the Vegas oddsmakers are banking on here.
Pittsburgh Steelers (+1000)
The championship window for the current core group of players on the Steelers’ roster is closing quickly. This is the type of move that could get them back into the mix in the AFC.
And let’s be honest, Peterson is better than any player Pittsburgh will get if they land another first-round pick in the early to mid-20’s. This is a deal the Steelers should push to get done at all costs.
New Orleans Saints (+300)
The Saints already swung a deal with the New York Giants for cornerback Eli Apple, and they previously dealt away their 2019 first-round draft pick (to move up for Marcus Davenport during the 2018 NFL Draft), making this scenario highly unlikely.
Nonetheless, the Saints are in win-now mode, and they will likely explore all possibilities before the trade deadline.
Philadelphia Eagles (+200)
The Eagles haven’t been as dominant as expected in 2018, and a lot of it has to do with their struggling secondary. Adding Peterson would require some salary cap manipulation by General Manager Howie Roseman, and at least one first round pick (likely more). Still, acquiring a player of Peterson’s caliber would go a long way in helping the Birds defend their Super Bowl title.
Arizona Cardinals (-200)
In the following tweet, Peterson reaffirmed his commitment to the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon.
My statement. pic.twitter.com/FG8R7Fa0YA
— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) October 24, 2018
Bottom line: Peterson did request a trade. To drive home the matter, Peterson’s cousin, former NFL defensive back Bryant McFadden, made it clear in a radio interview that the former LSU Tiger wants to have the chance to compete for a Super Bowl title while he is still in the prime of his career.
Given his contract status (he is locked up through the 2020 season), the Cardinals hold all the power here. A trade could happen at some point, but these odds indicate that the Vegas oddsmakers don’t see a deal happening before the October 30 trade deadline.
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