Patrick Peterson agrees to Cornerback return terms

Peterson’s other smashing return this calendar year capped his first season in Purple, delivering a 66-yard touchdown after interception in the 2021 final on January 9.

The pick-six was Peterson’s first interception of the season, but it extended his run of at least one pass a year to 11.

Now he will try to make it a dandy dozen as he gives veteran leadership to a Vikings cornerbacks room that is still somewhat light on experience despite the recent signing of Chandon Sullivan

Peterson started all 13 games he played for Minnesota in 2021. The three games he missed due to a Carolina hamstring injury were the first he had ever missed due to injury. Peterson also missed a game after being placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list despite being fully vaccinated.

In his first season with Minnesota, Peterson was not challenged as often as other Vikings corners, but he did record five defensive passes, along with 45 tackles (two for losses).

He has played in 167 regular season games, each of which he has started, since his selection by Arizona with the fifth overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. Peterson has defended a total of 544 tackles, 29 interceptions and 96 passes during his career.

The 167 starts ranks third among the NFL DBs since 2011, behind Devin McCourty (172) and Malcolm Jenkins (170). Jenkins announced his retirement earlier Wednesday.

Peterson’s 29 interceptions are on par with Harrison Smith for the third most since 2011 among players active in Week 18, behind only Richard Sherman (37) and Marcus Peters (31).

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