In terms of his feelings, Patrick Peterson trades up

Patrick Peterson had already talked about staying a Cardinal. He did it during the season. So for me, it wasn't so much that he said he'd stay again Wednesday, aloud to big crowd at the Waste Management Open, while he was playing a little golf. It was the fact he apologized for the trade request in the first place.

Did he need to? Maybe not. Maybe. I basically live at epicenter of fans and this team, and there were (and still are) many ticked off at Peterson for even broaching the subject. But it was a good gesture to repair anything that might have needed to be repaired. The reality -- which Peterson all but said Wednesday -- was that the frustration got to him. It's not easy to knock the smile off of Peterson's face, even after losses (prior to 2018). That it was often missing this season was telling.

There is still a long way to go before we know what Kliff Kingsbury will mean to the Cardinals. We haven't even gotten to the point where all the coaching staff has been announced (that should be sooner rather than later.) But your best defensive player seems happy (and best defensive player 1A Chandler Jones tweeted a happy emoji after it was announced the 3-4 scheme would return too), while your iconic face of the franchise committed to playing another year. Considering the 2018 season isn't even officially over with the Super Bowl coming Sunday, the Cardinals have had things go about as well as they could have this month, given what little could happen.

CB Patrick Peterson runs the gauntlet of teammates during pregame introductions during a 2018 home game

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