Vikings lose cornerback Patrick Peterson to Pittsburgh after unable to reach deal

Peterson played with Arizona from 2011-20, and made eight Pro Bowls. He joined the Vikings in 2021 on a one-year, $8 million deal before re-signing with them last March.

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson deflects a pass to Arizona Cardinals wide receiver A.J. Green in Minnesota's 34-26 win on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. Peterson was a standout player for the Cardinals before joining the Vikings several years ago.
Brad Rempel / USA Today Sports

EAGAN, Minn. -- Cornerback Patrick Peterson’s first choice in free agency was to re-sign with the Minnesota Vikings. It didn’t work out.

Peterson, who played the past two seasons for Minnesota and is bound one day for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said on his “All Things Covered” podcast Monday that he will sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday.

“No doubt about it, I definitely wanted to go back to Minnesota,” Peterson said on the podcast he co-hosts with cousin and a former Steelers cornerback Bryant McFadden. “I even before I made the decision to … plan on signing with Pittsburgh, (said), ‘Are you sure?’ I wanted to come back. We just can’t make it happen.”

The Vikings have salary-cap issues, and while Peterson, who played last season on a one-year, $4 million deal, didn’t address any monetary specifics on the podcast, he did say it came down to business.

“It was all clean, good, adult, men business,” Peterson said. “That’s how it was supposed to be. It wasn’t curveballs. It was how it was supposed to be, and I can’t do nothing but appreciate that.”


Peterson played with the Arizona Cardinals from 2011-20, and made eight Pro Bowls there. He joined the Vikings in 2021 on a one-year, $8 million deal before re-signing with them last March. He was vocal about wanting to come back for a third year until Monday.

Detroit Lakes product gets three-year deal with Panthers, according to reports
Minnesota also signs Dean Lowry away from Packers on 2-year, $8.5 million deal
Minnesota also reached an agreement on a 1-year contract with reserve center Schlottman
Minnesota got under the NFL salary cap but that doesn’t means they’re done trimming salaries.
Ellefson is set to return for his third season with the Minnesota Vikings
Joseph will return for a third Minnesota season after making 26 of 33 field-goal attempts and 40 of 46 extra points
But while Cousins is under contract for 2023, the sides did not reach any deal on an extension beyond then.
I worked with (well, for) the former Minnesota Vikings coach 40 years ago.
A source said Oliver's deal is a three-year, $21 million contract with $10.75 million guaranteed.
InForum cartoonist Trygve Olson bids a fond farewell to Minnesota Vikings icon Bud Grant.

“I got nothing but love for the Skol nation,’’ Peterson said. “Everybody in that Minnesota community, they just took me in with open arms. I felt like it was home. It really did. … I thank Minnesota for giving me an opportunity to come there and showcase my talent.”

With the Vikings no longer an option, an opportunity with the Steelers emerged.

“It was kind of out of left field,” Peterson said. “My agent was doing his job. He was calling around to see what teams wanted to have me in their locker room.”

Patrick Peterson
Courtesy Minnesota Vikings

Peterson was thrilled when the Steelers made an offer. ESPN reported he will sign a two-year deal, although Peterson said on his podcast he still must “iron out” details.

“They’re always in position to win ball games,’’ Peterson said. “Pittsburgh is one of the more storied franchises in the league.”

Peterson said he hopes to finish his career in Pittsburgh. He will turn 33 in July.

“The proof is in the pudding,’’ he said. “I know I can still ball.”


Peterson started all 17 games last season for the Vikings at left cornerback. Minnesota last Friday waived Cameron Dantzler, who started nine games in 2022 at right cornerback, and he was claimed Monday by Washington.


This story was written by one of our partner news agencies. Forum Communications Company uses content from agencies such as Reuters, Kaiser Health News, Tribune News Service and others to provide a wider range of news to our readers. Learn more about the news services FCC uses here.

What To Read Next
Get Local