Patrick Peterson – CB
One cannot underestimate Patrick Peterson’s influence on and off the field for the Minnesota Vikings in 2022. The veteran cornerback returned this offseason on a one-year deal, which was a tremendous bit of business by the new front office based on early indications.
Peterson has been a prominent starter thanks in no small part to Andrew Booth Jr.’s injury problems. Something that’s brought a level of continuity to a secondary that has gone through some complications as opposing teams air it out to reduce big deficits.
The three-time All-Pro is giving up just 48.6 percent of targets thrown in his direction. Peterson is also conceding a modest 52.1 passer rating when targeted, which is nothing short of outstanding, whichever way one looks at it.
Age is obviously not on Peterson’s side after an exceptional career that will one day end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He’ll be 33 years old by the time 2023 rolls around, so offering the cornerback an extension would likely depend on whether or not he wants to continue playing at all.
There’s no doubt Peterson’s earning a new deal based on his current production. His presence is also providing the likes of Cameron Dantzler and Booth with a solid role model to improve their respective skill sets.