The NFL world will see yet another free agency signing, as the Pittsburgh Steelers have reached an agreement with veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson.
Many well-known athletes will be in the spotlight as the 2023 season approaches and make decisions about their next moves. On Monday, scores of prominent figures signed lucrative contracts, changing rosters all over the NFL.
With a two-year contract worth $14 million, with $5.85 million of that number guaranteed, the deal of Patrick Peterson with the Pittsburgh Steelers is one of the most prestigious of them all.
Which team did Patrick Peterson play for before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers?
Throughout the previous two seasons, Peterson played for the Minnesota Vikings, where he racked up 45 tackles, two tackles for loss, and five passes deflected. After that season, he later agreed to a new contract with the organization.
Peterson had five interceptions last season, which was the second-highest total in his career (after his seven picks for the Arizona Cardinals in 2012, his second season in the league), and he helped the Minnesota Vikings win the NFC North.
The former LSU Tiger spent his first ten years with the Cardinals before moving on to Minnesota. He has received three Associated Press First-Team All-Pro selections and eight Pro Bowl nominations.
Which team does Peterson still yearn to play for?
On a recent podcast, Patrick revealed his desire to re-sign with the Vikings, and when he reflected on his past experiences with the team, he felt nostalgic.
“I had the time of my life (in Minnesota), man,” this quarterback said. “Just the people that I had the opportunity to meet, the organization, first class. State-of-the-art facilities, state-of-the-art stadium, locker rooms, training, everything was just top of the line.”
Later, he said that he still desired to remain a member of the team, but the two parties were unable to come to an agreement.
“No doubt about it, I definitely wanted to go back to Minnesota,” he added.
On defense, the Steelers still need to address several gaps, including those left by the free agents inside linebackers Devon Bush and Rob Spillane, safety Terrell Edmunds and Damontae Kazee, and linemen Tyson Alualu, Larry Ogunjobi, and Chris Wormley.