Patrick Peterson could certainly help the Giants
With Matt Verderame of FanSided reporting that the Arizona Cardinals will be moving on from All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson and will not re-sign him this offseason, the New York Giants will have a chance to bolster their secondary.
So should the Giants try and sign Peterson?
Of course the Giants have a glaring need at the cornerback position opposite of Pro Bowler James Bradberry, but the price has to be right to add Peterson.
I think it would be worth it for the Giants to speak with Peterson and his reps to see what kind of money he’s looking for at the age of 30. He just finished a five-year, $70 million contract. I don’t see him getting that kind of deal right now, but I could see Peterson signing a deal that will pay him between $8-10 million per season.
Of course one problem for the Giants is that it doesn’t look like they will have a lot of cap room, Which is why they will have to release a handful of veteran players so they can make some moves in free agency.
Signing Peterson would be great, but I think the Giants ultimately need to use that money to add other free agents that will cover more pressing needs. For example, paying for an edge rusher like Shaq Barrett would be more worthwhile given the fact that a great pass rush can make up for any weaknesses in a secondary.
We also have to wonder if Peterson would even be interested in playing for a team like the Giants late in his career. They’re currently in the middle of a rebuild while I’m sure he still wants to win a Super Bowl. That likely won’t happen in New York anytime soon.
The best move for bolstering their secondary will be to add someone who won’t ask for as much money in free agency, or draft someone.