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Steve Wilks: "We're Not Trading Patrick" Peterson

Pro Bowl cornerback reportedly has asked to be dealt

Cornerback Patrick Peterson comes out of the tunnel for introductions last week before the game against the Broncos.
Cornerback Patrick Peterson comes out of the tunnel for introductions last week before the game against the Broncos.

The Cardinals had already -- multiple times -- tried to knock down the idea they would trade Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson.

An Adam Schefter tweet Monday brought the subject up again, saying that Peterson had requested a trade. Coach Steve Wilks, who met with the media coincidentally only minutes after the tweet, again was blunt in his assessment.

"We're not trading Patrick," Wilks said. "That's out of the question."

Wilks was asked about his philosophy in dealing with any player who might want a trade.

"Number one, I'm not going to indulge in speculation," Wilks said. "I'm going to sit down and talk to Patrick. Patrick is a captain and he's well-respected around here and well-respected throughout the league.

"Are we in a difficult situation? Yeah, we are. We're 1-and-6. Nobody feels great about where we are right now. But it's about trying to turn the corner and make things happen so we can get this thing on track, starting with myself and everybody else in that locker room, that's what we need to be thinking about."

Peterson remains one of the highest-graded cornerbacks in the league, according to Pro Football Focus, albeit one of the least targeted as teams shy away from testing him. Peterson, who has made the Pro Bowl in each of his seven previous seasons, had his second interception of the season Thursday against Denver.

Peterson is under contract through the 2020 season, under the extension he signed in 2014.

Wilks said he had not heard from Peterson about wanting a trade, and couldn't be sure such a request had even been made. Wilks added he wanted to talk to Peterson later Monday. The trade deadline is Oct. 30.

"Patrick was here today, he hasn't spoken to me about it at all," Wilks said. "He had a pretty good practice."

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