Why the Vikings should consider pursuing CB Patrick Peterson this year

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Patrick Peterson
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Patrick Peterson /
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Veteran leadership

Of the eight Vikings cornerbacks currently under contract for next season, seven of them are 24-years-old or younger. While this should bode well for the future of Minnesota’s secondary, their youth and inexperience could still be weaknesses in 2021.

During the 2020 campaign, the Vikings cornerback group could have really used an older veteran on the roster. Minnesota relied on the experience of safeties Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris to help the corners out on the field, but this strategy didn’t end up working out.

Patrick Peterson is someone who not only has 10 years of experience in the NFL, but he also has 10 years of starting experience. Peterson has been a starter for his entire pro career and he can help show some of the Vikings’ young corners what is needed to take their game to the highest level possible.

While Peterson doesn’t have the experience of playing in a Mike Zimmer defense, he’s been in the league long enough to know the essentials when it comes to playing cornerback in the NFL. The information he can share with Minnesota’s corners would be incredibly valuable for their progression and it could help the team’s pass defense return to being one of the league’s best in 2021.