Arizona Cardinals All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson has responded to rumors that he asked for a trade before the October 30 trade deadline.
Peterson released a statement Wednesday afternoon on social media and said he is committed to helping the Cardinals rebuild after recent struggles.
Read his full statement below:
My statement. pic.twitter.com/FG8R7Fa0YA
— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) October 24, 2018
Adam Schefter reported Monday that Peterson "desperately" wanted to leave by the Oct. 30 trade deadline.
“I’m sorry I took away from this game week, but it is what it is,” Peterson said later Wednesday, per AZCardinals.com. “My teammates are ready to move forward, Coach (Steve) Wilks is ready to move forward, and we’re just worried about getting a damn win, because we need one.
“At the end of the day I’m here. I’m an Arizona Cardinal. My teammates know I fight for those guys each and every day I step on the field. There’s a reason I have that ‘C’ on my chest and I want to lead by example.”
Peterson said he had a productive meeting with team president Michael Bidwill since reports surfaced of his demand to be traded.
“He can’t read the future. He’s not a psychic. But Mr. Bidwill has been doing a great job to make sure this team has everything to be successful," Peterson said, per AZCardinals.com.
Peterson, in his eighth season for the Cardinals, has been to the Pro Bowl in each of the past seven years.
Before the team's 45-10 Thursday night loss to the Denver Broncos, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport said Cardinals president Bidwell denied Peterson would be traded.
In a news conference Monday afternoon, head coach Steve Wilks said he had not talked to Peterson about a trade but would later that day. "No, we're not trading Patrick. That's out of the question," Wilks said.
Next up for the Cards is a Sunday home game against the division rival San Francisco 49ers, who are also 1-6 this season.