Read-Option: Go Get Peterson

The Bucs aren’t trading for Jalen Ramsey. I don’t think anyone is because I don’t think the Jaguars are going to let him go, at least not now. But what they should do is trade for Patrick Peterson from the Arizona Cardinals.

Peterson potentially changes everything for this team. He steps into the most important missing spot in their defense, he’s a proven player who would now be a veteran presence in the locker room, he allows you to continue to be aggressive in your coverage shells, and he can allow the other players to play roles that are more suited to their talent level.

All sounds great, right? So where’s the catch.

Well, there are two catches.

Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson
Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson – Photo by: Getty Images

One, it would likely cost a first-round pick to get him, but here’s my counter to that. If you look at this Bucs team right now, their two biggest weaknesses are cornerback and the future offensive line. But their most pressing need is corner.

If we believe that to be the case, it doesn’t matter how many picks general manager Jason Licht used on cornerback last year, there’s a chance he’ll use their top pick on one again in 2020. And if you’re doing that, why not use that first-round pick on a guy who is already proven? The price is well worth it.

It’s like that Family Guy skit where Peter and Lois go in to claim a free boat and the salesman sales, “You can have the boat or the mystery box.” Lois, usually the voice of reason on the show, says that they’ll take the boat, of course. But Peter stops her and says, “A boat’s a boat, but the mystery box could be anything … it could even be a boat!”

The best first-round pick Licht could possibly make at corner would be as good as what Peterson has already proven he is. Take the boat. Got get Peterson.

The other problem is that Peterson’s contract is has two years left and he is set to make a base salary of $11 million this season and $12.05 million in 2020. However, Peterson is currently under suspension for six games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. The six-game suspension costs Peterson $3,882,352 in lost wages, which brings his cap hit this year to around $8 million.

Plus, in looking to the future, if the team does trade for Peterson, they’ll likely move on from Hargreaves, who is scheduled to get $9 million as part of his fifth-year contract option. That money could go to Peterson instead.

Not to mention the relationship Peterson has with both head coach Bruce Arians and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles when they were all in Arizona. Peterson made All-Pro once with the Cardinals under Bowles, and was a Pro Bowler for every year of Arians’ tenure.

I think it’s a win-win. It’s worth the price and it’s exactly what they need. If Peterson really isn’t happy in Arizona, which there are rumors that he isn’t due to the rebuild of the team and the fact that the team did not restructure his deal before his suspension, and if all it takes is a first round pick, I’d do it without hesitation – if Tampa Bay can get him for a second-round pick, I’d be at the Cardinals facility to pick him up the minute his suspension is up.

Think about it: Peterson comes to the team after Week 6, Jason Pierre-Paul returns after Week 8.

I’m just sayin’.

What say you?

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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EastEndBoy
7 months ago

I appreciate the echo of Bill Clinton’s “It’s the Economy Stupid”, in your “It’s the corners [stupid]” We’ve been barking on about this all year – scratch that – for 5 years in the comments on PR. We don’t have anybody close to being a CB1…and you’re spot-on that when you don’t have the CB1, everybody else is going to look bad too. Go get Peterson – a 1st rounder as compensation would normally make me gag, but knowing that Licht is likely going be the clown otherwise using that pick, we might as well give it away for “the… Read more »

AceWigSplitta
7 months ago
Reply to  EastEndBoy

Your 1st bad play clip is not SMB it’s VH3 in the slot covering Michael Thomas on that play lmao please correct that don’t put that on the rookie!

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fredster
7 months ago

It makes sense to me but I’m not a GM or head coach or cap expert. If the Cards would take a second or even a first for him I’d do it for sure. Like you said are we going to draft a better CB in round 1? History says no. It’s amazing to me how bad Hargreaves stinks when you consider the draft position. I was worried he’s stay healthy but all signs pointed towards him rounding the corner of he could. Doesn’t look like that’s the case but it is still early. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00… Read more »

Alldaway 2.0
7 months ago

My opinion is that the Bucs should stick to cover 3 and cover 1 for the young guys. Seattle does this because philosophically the Seahawks organization and Pete Carroll believe that young guys with talent need to play fast, physical and not be thinking too much. After slowly taking apart the Legion of Doom the Seahawks went on a shopping spree to draft loads of defensive back talent and see what sticks. Without Richard Sherman on the outside the Seahawks have had to let the young CB’s take their lumps but it has paid off for them. S. Griffin and… Read more »

SappAttack
7 months ago
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great post

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Nicholas Micciche
7 months ago

Yes. Also, solid breakdown of the secondary and the defense. It’s not as obvious as us fans usually think but I think a lot of us knew the secondary was the problem and not Bowles (although Mike Smith was definitely a problem). I actually like Davis, SMB, and Dean and think they have a bright future. Your proposal is exactly what I’ve been thinking/wanting/yearning for. A boat is a boat and a mystery box could only possibly be a boat but could be a canoe or an oar. Take the boat Jason! We beg you. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit… Read more »

tnew
7 months ago

Trevor, this is my favorite write up of the week. Putting together film to back your points of view is informative and entertaining. I don’t always agree with you but most times I at least learn something. Three things jumped out at me watching this film. 1) Consistently clean pocket 2) Multiple receivers creating consistent separation 3) Route trees that use both vertical and horizontal space on the field of play. (so many times this year it looks like the Bucs have receivers run to the same general area and make different breaks) At any case, Peterson would make a… Read more »

Bucsfan1983
7 months ago

I’ll all for it. I think we can still salvage this season. And I disagree with Mark Cook’s PR Mailbag this week. He doesn’t think the Bucs are itching to trade for a Peterson or Howard from Miami, to make this go from a 6-10 team to 9-7. I think it’s totally worth the risk. Trade for the CB who will help get more wins this season. Even though he got an extension, Licht is on the hot seat. A lot of his picks, especially in the secondary are not working out. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes… Read more »

drdneast
7 months ago

Licht is much better with trades than drafting so hell yes, why not. Hargreaves may not be a bust, but he sure has flopped. Every moron in the media was calling for the Bucs to draft VH III, including this one. Why? Well mainly because he was a Gator. How inane and provincial. I know the Glazers just extended Licht’s contract, mainly because I think he was able to lure Arians out of retirement, but they have to get rid of him. His drafts have just been too spotty and weak. The Panthers drafted a CB after MJ and Davis,… Read more »

Charlie
7 months ago

So basically the team will be wasting the offensive talent for the next 5 years……holla!

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BUC-ASS-BOB
7 months ago

Buc Ass Bob evaluation of the Gentlemen and ladies coaches
Shoutout to  Chef – Hamster spitball instead of calling me moron copy names and submit your own grade.
The Stars aligned 5 game evaluation!!
 Bruce Arians Grade D
Todd Bowles  DC   Grade  F Defense has allowed 148 points in 5 games 29Th in NFL
 Todd McNair.RB Grade c-
Joe Gilbert.  OL Grade F
Lori Locust  DL  Grade F
Kacy Rodgers  DL Grade F
Maral Javadifar  Strength  and Conditioning Grade F
Kevin Ross DB Grade F

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SappAttack
7 months ago
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I see your posts and just dislike them immediately and scroll on. Your act is tired homie

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BUC-ASS-BOB
7 months ago
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SappAtack likes the coaching homie

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BUC-ASS-BOB
7 months ago
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SappAttack I thought maybe it is me that has it wrong, So I asked an eleven-year-old girl, Quote if there are 32 students and this student names Bowles under test scored worse than 28 other students and had only three students that scored worse.
Her answer was he would get an “F”
So maybe I am not wrong thinking Bowles 28th place defense deserves an F

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cgmaster27
7 months ago
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Trying too hard to be smart the buc ass. Might want to leave that to someone who can form a coherant sentence.

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jongruden
7 months ago

Secondary is abysmal might be the worst secondary I have seen since i have been watching them in 1985, corners play soft and get roasted watching Bridgewater look like Tom Brady last week was painful

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Pete
7 months ago

Maybe this secondary needs a little help but it seems like way too early to hit the panic button. Ariens seems to be doing a pretty good job all in all.

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stlbucsfan
7 months ago

Trevor good article and you are correct the CBs but more importantly Licht has doomed this team. He’s been flagrantly wrong about the secondary and their actual talent for years going back to oking the release of Revis, to watching McDougald walk for Chris Conte and lastly these 5 failed first and second round picks. Anyone with a brain knew Arians’ offenses don’t utilize the TE yet he thought it would be wise to keep Brate at that price when our roster needed improvement in other areas. As a Gators fan I was absolutely pissed when we drafted Vernon Bc… Read more »

EastEndBoy
7 months ago
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For evidence of the virtue of “drafting in the trenches, and signing a veteran CB to teach young guys”, I give you the resurgent 49ers….now where did their GM come from again??????????????

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Alldaway 2.0
7 months ago
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Lynch understands the game of football well. Licht is still on his tricycle. Sad.

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cbbucfan
7 months ago

I completely agree. It’s not the coaches or the schemes. It’s the players. The secondary just isn’t good enough, both at cornerback and at safety. They defend virtually no passes (getting a hand on the football). It amazes me every Sunday how we see opposing receivers, tight ends, and running backs getting wide open on passing plays, yet the Bucs, for all the supposed weapons that they have at the skill positions on offense, seldom have anyone getting wide open. The amount of yardage that the Bucs defense is surrendering, and subsequently the points, is ghastly. The best way to… Read more »

Boca James (Boca Raton Florida)

Another great article Trevor. The one common thing in a lot of the videos are, other guys throwing their arms in the air out of frustration. To me it comes across as “WTF are you doing???” I really hope we get Dean back and soon. He seems like the best athlete out of the CB’s and can play outside instead of VHIII. One last thing on a former 1st round pick. WTH are we not using Howard more as a red zone threat or any threat for that matter. Howard and Evans on the outside in the red zone seems… Read more »

Captain Sly
7 months ago

I agree Trevor that this young secondary has to play better, and that will come with experience. However there is another way to solve this issue, Its The Defensive Line. If we are generating consistent pressure to move the QB off of his spot then it doesn’t matter who’s doing the covering Patrick Peterson or Deion Sanders. The difference I’ve see from this game vs the Rams game was the amount of pressures we had on Goff. Bridgewater was never uncomfortable in this game, he stood straight up in the pocket and read his targets and picked on this young… Read more »

surferdudes
7 months ago

Peterson isn’t going to save us from Jason Licht. We’re talking about using our first pick on a corner? Does Licht still not get you need to draft in the trenches? How about drafting a DE, or DT that can rush the passer? How about drafting a RT? Licht has shown he can’t draft. We might even want to use that pick on a QB, and move on from Winston. He hasn’t earned 30 plus million a year from what I’ve seen so far. I can see us saving a boat load of money drafting a 1st round QB, and… Read more »

JameisWinsAton
7 months ago

breakdown: Secondary sucks

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SappAttack
7 months ago

It’s pretty simple.

What is the Bucs league ranking for blitzing downs? 1st
What happens when you bring the house a lot? You leave corners on an island.
Do the Bucs currently have corners that are proven on an island? No, not yet. They are young or not good.
So what would be a good remedy? Stop blitzing so much and double #1 receivers.

There you go, Todd. Problem solved.

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RudeGuy
7 months ago

My concerns are he is 29 years old and is currently suspended for using a league banned substance. What did he take? There is the risk he might do so again. Some players have been stupid enough to do it again. Maybe a 2nd round pick with a 6th but not a 1st for a player who is only going to be around at the best 4 years. Then again I can see the point regarding some of the picks we have made in the 1st.

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Benjamin
7 months ago
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You forgot to mention that Peterson has NEVER been in trouble before, has no track record of being in trouble and is the top CB in the NFL when he is on the field. Peterson would instantly make the secondary a top 10 unit. Having a true #1 CB allows Davis to be a CB 2, VH3 to be a slot guy where he played very well when he was used there, and it allows us to use SMB at a reserve or CB4 until he develops and it kicks M.J. Stewart back to the bench or dime packages. If… Read more »

tnew
7 months ago

I would do a conditional first… as in if he played in the remaining 10 games and the Bucs made the playoffs then ok its a first; otherwise, a first round pick is steep for a player you would have at most 10 games in the first year. He can’t be in football shape so the possibility of injury is increased for this year. I wonder if we have the experience at the safety position for it to even matter. All of the players in the secondary are playing tentative and don’t seem to trust each other at all. They… Read more »

Dy-nasty D
7 months ago

NO. Bucs need an OT in the worst way. Maybe 2.

How about allowing these mostly 1st and 2nd year DBs some time to develop? Did anyone think that these young players were going to pull it all together this year?

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DT25
7 months ago

It’s a tough situation…we have one starting DB that is beyond his 2nd year in the NFL. It takes time to adapt to the league…asking 95% of them to do it all at once was always going to produce growing pains. I still like Bowles system, but I really do think he needs a veteran presence to make it work with any semblance of consistency. Peterson would be a great asset…I just wonder how much draft capital he’s worth. I’d be all for it if they’d trade him for a 2nd round pick and perhaps one of our young CBs.… Read more »

SappAttack
7 months ago

This season…

Peterson on #1, Davis on #2, VH3 in the slot.

Bunting, Dean, Stewart and Smith riding the pine.

Next season….

Peterson, Davis and Bunting.

Two/Three seasons from now….

Davis, Dean and Bunting.

Sign me up!

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Dman
7 months ago

Great article and analysis, Trevor. I agree with the problem, I just don’t see Peterson as the solution. Since he hasn’t played this season it will take a few games to kick the rust off, meaning maybe we get half a season from him on a non-playoff team. So this is really a trade for next season. Peterson is 29 and turns 30 next July. Is he a one year, two year answer before we start talking about him slowing down? Then what. Trading a first round pick for him feels like the Revis trade all over again. We gave… Read more »

EastEndBoy
7 months ago

As I posted yesterday – please stop claiming our corners (the focus of this post) are so young, without posting some data to support that claim. To recap, we have 2 starting CBs: VHIII = 24 year sold, 4th year in league Davis = 22 years old, 2nd year in league Plus 1 slot CB: MJ Stewart = 24 years old, 2nd year in league. Is that young? IDK – post me some data. It’s not younger than the Saints or Browns (the 2 teams I looked up first). It’s not younger than 2 of the QBs to torch us… Read more »

Dman
7 months ago
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Great post!

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Buc off
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7 months ago

In recent past it was a physical talent limitation, we kept bringing in under sized slow guys. Now it’s more of a learning curve, so I somewhat disagree with this. One it is still on the coaches but they also need a reasonable amount of time to bring these guys up to speed. I’m honestly not concerned with it right now even if I do want them too win. I’m far more concerned with Winston’s lack of consistency even though he continues to prove me right. Signing him to long term deal guarantees disappointment. As a person I have nothing… Read more »

BucRy
7 months ago

I could understand trading away a 1st round pick for a position of need midseason only if we were contenders who were one player away from being a super bowl team, but I can’t say that we are at the moment. Peterson would be a nice player, but I would not give up a 1st for him.

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SappAttack
7 months ago
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if we win this week we will be .500 at 3-3, 2-1 in the division heading into our bye, with the hardest part of our season mostly behind us. I would pull that trigger.

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BucRy
7 months ago
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I would trade for Peterson if it didn’t have to include our 1st round pick. Personally, I just don’t like trading away a 1st for an aging corner.

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bucballer
7 months ago

The Bucs have historically never been able to pull the cord on players that just aren’t going to work out here. That’s not to say that they can’t play elsewhere it’s just they underperform here and we keep waiting for their “potential” to show up. Dot should have been replaced 2 years ago. Why keep TE Brate and his significant salary if ur system doesn’t throw to the TE very often? He’s a better pass receiver than blocker. I’m not saying he’s not talented it’s just we have OJ and Auclair and the talented young TE Hudson. Should have traded… Read more »

pinkstob
7 months ago

A) I’m glad PR is finally focusing on what the problem has been since we got rid of Talib…the CB’s suck. B) I think you’re a unit off on all our CB’s. I think they are all at a position TWO levels above where they should be. Hargreaves should be a #3 CB in the slot…he would be great there. Davis should be nothing more than a #4 CB in dime packages. The rest of the CB’s on this team besides Dean should be fighting for the #5 spot. Dean gets an incomplete but based on his scouting report on… Read more »

scot pederson
7 months ago

In todays NFL the Defenses are more than ever a system. So our system of pressure and lots of blitzes works against teams who don’t use Max Protect or have Oline problems like the Rams who do not have the same Super Bowl Oline this season. But against the Saints we didnt see the same pressure and the DBs got carved up because Teddy B. had time. Our DBs are ok for a few seconds but not on developing plays so much. When he had the chance we should have fired Licht and gotten John Lynch. Just look how he… Read more »

Allanh1
7 months ago

I had this dream where Ronde Barber, Donnie Abraham, Brian Kelly, John Lynch, and Dwight Smith walked in OBP and took secondary duties. Then I woke up and read this article…

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AshevilleFC-Coach
7 months ago

Trevor who would be a good fit for us in the draft next year to be a cb1. Just spent some time at The Draft Network and there don’t seem to be a ton of options. It would have to be a first rounder and we will probably not be able to get the first cb off the board picking mid round so it seems like a crapshoot. Might as well get Patrick Peterson otherwise we are playing another rookie who needs a year of seasoning…

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BucRy
7 months ago

We have drafted a couple of corners the last 2 drafts. I think it’s too early to just give up on them. They could very well still develop into solid players.

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Horse
7 months ago

Good Article Trevor. I wouldn’t panic and use out 1st Round pick for anybody. Keep bringing in the young guys and lets see what they got.

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MIArmysoldier
7 months ago

Lmao…love it. I had a dream like that Sunday night myself…it was dexter jackson picking off teddy bridgewater and returning it for a game winning td…then my alarm went off at 5am.

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Gator Frank
7 months ago

So basically you are saying the Bucs will sign Jameis to a long term deal. If you trade your first round pick you are committing to your QB long term. Don’t know if that is the best plan. Still don’t see a franchise QB in Jameis.

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Crack3rK
7 months ago

Trevor,
Just a shout out to say I appreciate these film breakdowns. I’m a (little) over 50 guy, have been watching football since I was a kid, supporting this team since 1989, and you’ve taught me a lot about the game. Really enjoy your work and all the PR writers and podcasters, including Captain Interruption! Thanks (I think) for keeping me tuned-in to such a terrible team, beloved Yucks…

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cgmaster27
7 months ago

Shocker that a gator fan would say that. And i also find it interesting how people think some rookie isngoing to come in here and solve our problems at qb. For every mahomes theres 10 jamarcus russels. Remember when everyone thought dak prescott was better than jameis? Hows that going this year? Or what about jared goff? Point is this team has a lot of holes and one of them isnt qb. And 25 mill for a qb is the going rate now, thats only going to increase.

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AlexanderNascimento
7 months ago

I’m a little late in my reading this week but I just can’t skip this.
I know about Peterson and how perfectly he would fit in Tampa now but that is any other CB you would take in a trade, Trevor?

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