Cornerback Patrick Peterson announced on Wednesday on “All Things Covered,” the podcast he co-hosts with Bryant McFadden, that he will sign a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings.
“I’ll stay in Minnesota and bring it back with the boys. Keep it north,’ he said, donning a Viking cap.
He said other teams his agent spoke to were the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Washington Commanders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He said the importance of Tampa Bay depended on whether they would re-sign Carlton Davis, which they eventually did.
He said the addition of new head coach Kevin O’Connell and his choice of defensive coordinator, Ed Donatell, makes him excited to return.
“I just felt it was right to be there and grind with those guys and try to all come together for that common goal. The team is stacked,” he said. “As I’ve always been told last year, we just didn’t pull it off in certain situations, but we’ve gotten even better, I believe, this year in the off season by adding a great attacking spirit to Kevin and pass rusher ( Za’Darius) Smith) to help Danielle [Hunter]with Ed from his defensive background… these guys are definitely trying to put the pieces in place and now it’s just up to us, the coaching staff and the players, to go out and be executive and put together the best game plan possible set to get some dubs.”
He said he wanted to play three more seasons, including the 2022 season.
“I feel great, it all depends on what the body feels,” he said.
After 10 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, earning three All-Pro honors and being named to eight consecutive Pro Bowls, Peterson signed a one-year prove-it-deal with the Vikings in 2021.
Peterson, 31, brought a wealth of experience to the secondary Vikings as he transitioned to a role that didn’t rely on shadowing opponents’ top receivers like he had during the prime of his Arizona career. While in Minnesota, Peterson was instrumental in helping develop young cornerbacks such as Cameron Dantzler, Kris Boyd and Harrison Hand.
Peterson still excelled as a run defender and could choose to explore a step into safety at this point in his career, a move he discussed at the end of the 2020 season while still with the Cardinals.
The cornerback walked away from the 2021 season with a pick-six in the Vikings’ Week 18 Finals against the Chicago Bears to record a series of interceptions in all 11 seasons he played in the NFL. He appeared in 13 games for the Vikings after a hamstring injury forced him into an injured reserve from Week 7-10 and a COVID-19 diagnosis caused him to miss a Week 13 loss in Detroit.
Peterson said his goal is to play 15 seasons before considering retiring, which could mean a switch to broadcasting. His podcast, which he hosts with Bryant McFadden, his cousin and a seven-year NFL veteran, is a weekly cornerback commitment.
The Cardinals selected Peterson fifth overall in the 2011 draft. He has had 29 interceptions in his 11 NFL seasons.
ESPN’s Courtney Cronin contributed to this report.