“I want a Super Bowl ring!” – Patrick Peterson, probably
One of the most tragic things about football is when an elite, all-century player doesn’t win a Super Bowl. Fans have seen this many times, and there will be many more times when this will happen. Patrick Peterson doesn’t want to be on a list of “Greatest players to never win a Super Bowl”.
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This is not to say that Peterson will take less money to win a Super Bowl, but as stated earlier, he has already made close to $100 million in his career, and it appears that he will be able to break that 100 million before he retires. He’s made his money, he has made a great case to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and now, all Peterson is missing is a Super Bowl. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers is the organization that can help him complete the hat trick.
The Buccaneers are pretty tight in cap space as well, but they could find themselves clearing quite a few dollars if Shaquil Barrett or Chris Godwin leave in free agency. The only way that Peterson would be able to come to Tampa, besides taking an astronomically low price, would be for Barrett or Godwin to leave and the other franchise tagged, and even then, it may not be enough room.
It’s a long shot, no doubt, but Peterson may want a shot at lifting that Lombardi trophy. According to Spotrac, Peterson’s market value is estimated to be $10.4 million per year. This is not terrible, and the Buccaneers could find a way to get this deal done if Barrett or Godwin leave.
The Bucs would have to do some maneuvering and also convince Peterson to take a little less, which he may do to be able to compete for a Super Bowl. The one way to get a player to sign for less money is by signing him to a longer contract if they want the security. Peterson is 31 and while he is still considered a top cornerback in the league, his best years are more than likely behind him, which means that this very well may be his last long-term contract.
If Barrett or Godwin do leave, and the Bucs could sign Peterson on a four-year $30 million contract, then they should pull the trigger. If they were able to come to this deal, the Bucs would be paying Peterson $7.5 million per year, which for an elite talent like Peterson would be a great deal. As for Peterson, this would get him a career earning of over $120 million and would be under contract until the age of 35, which for a cornerback is very desirable.
Again, some things would need to happen first, but if in fact, those things do happen, the Buccaneers should jump all over this free agency signing. It would bring more depth to the Bucs’ secondary, and for the first time in a long time, opposing offenses would think twice before throwing the long ball.
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