I should start this blog out by saying there is no chance that the Steelers trade for Patrick Peterson. It just isn’t the way they operate. But I’m going to tell you why this would completely change the 2018 season. This works for any team too. Whatever team you’re a fan of. Take the names out of it. ______ should trade for _______, a 28 year old, 7 time pro bowler.
At 25 years old, it seems like the cornerback position has been a problem area for the Steelers my whole life. Deshea Townsend, Dewayne Washington, Bryant McFadden, and Ike Taylor have been the main stays in the 2000’s. Sprinkle in some William Gay, Keenan Lewis, and Brice McCain. Outside of Ike Taylor, what you are left with is a list of underwhelming players that have typically not been able to get the job done.
The current team consists of 2016 first round pick Artie Burns, 2010 first round pick Joe Haden, and an undrafted slot corner in Mike Hilton. Haden has performed as a number 1. Hilton has really come into his own as a slot corner. But in this league you need at least 3 if not 4 quality corners if you want to have a chance. And this may be the only highlight Artie Burns has this year.
Insert Patrick Peterson:
Peterson has been a force his whole career. He is forgotten in most conversations as a top cornerback because you don’t really hear from him. Arizona hasn’t been in contention for a long time but he continues to put up these numbers.
The man just makes plays.
Overall, with Patrick Peterson in the lineup , many things could open up for an overall average defense. Tj Watt has more time to get after the quarterback (not that he needs that much time anyway). Terrell Edmunds can fly around a little more and showcase his ability to cause turnovers. Joe Haden, as good as he’s been, doesn’t have to be a number 1 corner. Teams can’t just pick apart the passing game with short quick routes (see Artie Burns).
And at the end of the day, when the Steelers step out on the field on a cold January night with super bowl aspirations, I’d much rather have Patrick Peterson on the sideline than lined up across from AB.
So is Peterson worth throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the Cardinals? With the misses the Steelers have had when drafting defensive players in the first round, I say it’s worth as much as it takes. Two first round picks, a third round pick, and a six round pick. Just like the Khalil Mack trade.
Let’s get it done!