Peterson was paying attention when Richard Sherman got $57.4 million in an extension with the Seahawks earlier this offseason to make him the highest-paid cornerback in football and he’d like to set a new standard when he puts his name on the dotted line of a contract with the Cardinals.
“I’m definitely observant of what [Sherman] got,” Peterson said, via Kyle Odegard of the team’s website. “Obviously by him being the highest paid cornerback, the goal for the guys that come after him is to be higher than him. I believe he set the table pretty high, and me and my agent have some work to do.”
Peterson is tied to the Cardinals through 2015 after they exercised their option on his rookie deal and said he won’t “slack off just because I didn’t get paid or didn’t get compensated the way I felt I needed to” this offseason, but his chances of reaching his goal seem good whether it happens this year or next. Peterson doesn’t turn 24 until July, which means there should be plenty of good years left for a player who has already proven himself worthy of a lucrative deal at one of the most important positions on the field.