Patrick Peterson won’t be a Patriot.
New England hasn’t had a conversation about trading for the Cardinals cornerback, mainly due to its salary cap, according to NBC Sports Boston.
The report stated the team has worked internally to make more salary cap room, including restructuring Stephon Gilmore’s contract.
If they decided to sign Peterson, they would have to restructure more contracts with players on the team, which is less than ideal.
The incentives the Patriots have with several players explain why the team is close to exceeding their cap limits. Quarterback Tom Brady will be owed $22 million, safety Devin McCourty is owed $12 million, tight end Rob Gronkowski is scheduled to tab $11.5 million and Dont’a Hightower is supposed to earn $8.5 million.
Before his contract was redone, Gilmore was slated to earn $12.5 million.
DespIte the tight cap space, coach Bill Belichick has said the team will be active before the trade deadline and that the team will be looking for ideal acquirements that fit its needs.
“When you acquire a guy at the beginning of the season or in the season, like [Kyle] Van Noy or [Cassius] Marsh or [Johnson] Bademosi or Akeem Ayers or [Jonathan] Casillas or [Aqib] Talib or guys that we’ve done that with, you’re usually acquiring that player to fill a specific role at that time,” Belichick said. “He’s not like in competition with eight other guys for something. I mean, the reason you’ve acquired him is because A, he’s available and it’s worked out and all that, but B, you see a role for that player that you can use.
“I’m saying if you trade for a guy, you’re definitely giving up something to get somebody to put into a certain position or role, whatever that happens to be. So, I’d say that’s a little bit of a different — it’s different than when you get a guy in March . . . [when] you’re still trying to see how it’s all going to play out. Well, in September or October, you have a lot better idea how it’s playing out and if you acquire a player, generally it’s to put that player into a role that you feel is necessary and that he can do.”