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Patrick Peterson Has Chance To Be Top-Earning CB

Darrelle Revis holds the mantle with $124.2 million in career

Patrick Peterson speaks at a news conference after reaching an agreement on a five-year, $70 million contract on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.
Patrick Peterson speaks at a news conference after reaching an agreement on a five-year, $70 million contract on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

Darrelle Revis retired on Wednesday, putting a bow on an impressive career.

The shutdown cornerback was paid handsomely for his exploits, finishing with $124.2 million in career earnings, the most in history at the position. Jason Fitzgerald of OverTheCap.com lauded Revis' business acumen and doesn't think a cornerback will surpass him for the mantle of highest-paid anytime soon.

After a glance at the current top earners, it's easy to see his point, but there is one player on the list who could make a run at Revis: Patrick Peterson.

The Cardinals' perennial Pro Bowler will be $49.4 million behind Revis once this year's salary kicks in. Peterson just turned 28 and has never missed a game in his career, a pair of key factors in future earnings.

Peterson is under contract through 2020, and if he plays it out, his career earnings will sit at $98.6 million -- less than $26 million behind Revis. Peterson will be 30 at that point -- an age where contract negotiations can be complicated -- but if Peterson stays healthy and continues to perform like a star, he has a chance to become the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history.

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