Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson responds to trade rumors

Patrick Peterson isn’t planning on leaving the Cardinals, despite reports Peterson requested a trade from Arizona. 

In the midst of speculation and rumors of a variety of teams showing interest in the 28-year-old, Peterson says he is committed to the organization in a statement released Wednesday. 

“I’ve been incredibly frustrated with how the season has gone,” he wrote. “But my energy is 100% focused on being part of the solution and helping us turn this around. I’ve never shied away from a challenge before and I’m not starting now. I have always given my all to the Cardinals organization, my teammates and fans. That is what I intend to do for the years to come. I am an Arizona Cardinal, and my focus is on this weeks game.”

According to ESPN, Peterson met Tuesday with Cardinals president Michael Bidwill to discuss ways in which the Cardinals can get better and how Peterson can be a leader. Peterson received assurance from ownership about winning, the report says.

Coach Steve Wilks told reporters Monday the Cardinals are “not trading Patrick” and that it’s “out of the question.” 

The eight-year veteran has tallied 35 total tackles, three pass breakups and two interceptions in seven games this season. Peterson was originally selected by the Cardinals out of LSU with the fifth pick in the 2011 draft. He has been named a Pro Bowl player in each of his first seven seasons.