The day started as the first for Byron Leftwich on the field as offensive coordinator. Then, after practice, it all changed with the Scheftbomb about Patrick Peterson. I do not think Patrick Peterson is traded. You never say never, but then again, Steve Wilks said never (at least, I'm thinking, in the eight-day window left before the trade deadline occurs.) And for everyone I've heard from today that said Wilks has no say in the matter, team president Michael Bidwill just said the same thing the other day. So there's that.
I don't know if Peterson has asked for a trade. Peterson normally talks to the media Thursdays, so there could be a couple of days before we hear from the player himself. I will say this -- for me, it would take an awfully big haul from the right team for me to consider dealing a Pro Bowl cornerback with a reasonable contract (which runs through 2020) in a league where, no matter how dire things may look, a team can turn it around the very next season. Especially when that team has a young, talented quarterback on a rookie contract. A first-round pick (and it would certainly have to be much more than that) looks a lot different coming from a team that might win 12 games than a team that could finish among the bottom teams in the league. There are a heck of a lot of moving parts in analyzing such a thing.
But again, I don't think he's traded because I think Peterson is worth more to the Cards here. We haven't even touched on the hole left at the position if Peterson were not around. I keep thinking about the Raiders and their desperate need for a pass rush ... after trading away arguably the best pass rusher in the league. Well, duh.
I don't know Peterson's feelings directly, but I'm reminded of the last time a Cardinal really was vocal for a trade. That's all the way back in 2008 with Anquan Boldin. He came out that offseason looking to be dealt. The Cardinals said it wouldn't happen. Boldin made it crystal clear he wasn't happy on the opening day of training camp too. Ultimately, Q played two more full seasons with the Cardinals before he was finally traded, and that was just as much about the transition the Cards were undergoing at the time (Kurt Warner retired, Karlos Dansby and Antrel Rolle left as free agents) as much as any demand.
It's certainly an interesting situation. And why I'm looking forward to hearing from Pat P.