Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has never been a free agent. After three years playing under his rookie contract as the fifth overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, Peterson and the Cardinals agreed to a five-year, $70 million extension.
But Peterson does have some advice for the highest-profile free agent in the NFL right now, cornerback Josh Norman. After the news broke that the Panthers had rescinded the franchise tag on Norman, making him a free agent, Peterson tweeted a simple statement that he thought Norman needed to hear: “Know your worth.”
However, Peterson later thought better of that tweet, deleted it, and said that he wished he hadn’t written it. When a follower asked Peterson why he deleted the tweet, Peterson answered, “Not my style. So decided to delete. Positive Vibes only. #DontPressSend.”
Peterson seems to think Norman botched his free agency by failing to come to the kind of long-term agreement with the Panthers that Peterson reached with the Cardinals. But it’s entirely possible that Norman does know his worth, and that’s why he didn’t sign the franchise tender. Perhaps we’ll learn in the coming days that there’s a team willing to pay Norman more than the $14 million a year that currently defines the ceiling for NFL cornerbacks. If Norman gets a deal better than Peterson’s, it will be a strong indication that Norman does, in fact, know his worth.