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Patrick Peterson's Deal Gets Done


 

Justin Raasch / March 30th, 2022 / Photo: Vikings.com

 It finally happened. If you've been paying attention to Patrick Peterson this off-season on his podcast. he's talked about wanting to come back. GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah has been asked about it as well, talking about how Pat has reached out to him, is a well-respected player, but had to be in a position where his cap number wouldn't hurt what we were trying to do.  

I will be interested to see where the cap number comes in at, because there are still rumors we are talking to a safety (put your Honey Badger dreams away and think more Kareem Jackson, with a Donatell connection in Denver).  

Patrick Peterson said on his podcast tonight, "It's a great group of guys. It was right to be there and grind with those guys. The team is stacked. We just couldn't put it all together. I think we got better this off-season." I agree with what he's saying but also find it kind of ironic. He chose Minnesota for Mike Zimmer, what he did for Terrance Newman, and how he prolonged his career.  

I'm not saying this is a shot at Mike Zimmer, but Zimmer could come up with a game plan that would keep us in games against great quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, but then let guys like Sam Darnold and Cooper Rush carve up our defense.  

So let's look at just how stacked we are on the defensive side of the ball. We now have Danielle Hunter and Za'darius Smith starting at edge when healthy. Both are arguably top-10 edges in the league. DTs are Dalvin Tomlinson and newly acquired Harrison Phillips. LBs so far are Eric Kendricks and Jordan Hicks, who was a great pickup this off-season.  

Cornerbacks include Cam Dantzler, starting opposite Pat Pete, with Chandon Sullivan at nickelback, and safeties Harrison Smith and Cam Bynum (as I speculated earlier wouldn't be shocked to see this be Kareem Jackson in a few weeks pending $ on Pat's contract).

This signing fills our biggest hole on defense and allows us to focus on best player available in the draft, rather than settling for whichever cornerback drops to 12. There are roughly 7-8 CBs in this draft who can come in and start Day 1. You can now get one of those guys at pick 46, and go wherever you want at 12. That has worked extremely well for us in the past: Randy Moss, w/Jake Reed and Cris Carter already here. Adrian Peterson, after Chester Taylor signed a big contract coming here from Baltimore.  

Now looking ahead to the schedule, we already know the wide receivers in our division have been depleted by the Davante Adams trade. Not putting my purple-colored shades on, but whomever Green Bay adds, may struggle to gel with Rodgers.  

Marquez Valdes-Scantling was in his doghouse for most of his time there, but still parlayed it into a huge pay day with the Chiefs. Now we will have to worry about traveling to Miami, since they just got Tyreek Hill, adding to a stacked receiving room with Jaylen Waddle. Plus, we go to Buffalo to see old friend Stefon Diggs!  

The Patrick Peterson deal is very exciting, even at a 1-year deal. He isn't the lock down corner he was at the beginning of his career, but early in the year when Danielle was still playing, teams completely avoided his side. They do that this year? We will have an upgrade on the opposite side. 

If you remember, for some reason the staff decided they wanted to see Bashaud Breeland give up 1st down after 1st down, and touchdown after touchdown. Cam Dantzler came in and played much better, even without the pass rush Breeland got, minus whatever that play call was at the end of the Lions' loss.  Thanks for reading, and as always, Skol! Vikings fans.

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