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McFadden: Eagles, Patriots ‘aggressive’ pursuing trade for Cardinals’ Peterson

Arizona Cardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson (21) runs into the end zone with a touchdown followed by teammate Benson Mayowa (91) after an interception during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Bryant McFadden has talked with his cousin, Patrick Peterson, about why the cornerback wants out of Arizona.

And from what he’s heard, the former NFL cornerback and current CBS Sports analyst believes three teams with fair shares of recent success have been among the most aggressive trying to land the Cardinals star who has asked for a trade.

“There are a boatload of teams that would love to trade for Pat,” McFadden told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. “The three best teams that have been pretty aggressive so far in a day’s time (since reports of the request surfaced) is of course the Saints, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots.

“Those three teams have really been pretty aggressive for the most part trying to see exactly what it would take to make a trade become a reality.”

New Orleans might be out of the running.

The Saints on Tuesday were set to acquire a different cornerback, New York Giants youngster Eli Apple, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

With Peterson, it appears the Cardinals have a decision to make in the next week leading into next Tuesday’s trade deadline.

Arizona head coach Steve Wilks said Monday that trading Peterson is out of the question. That seems to have echoed reports. Nonetheless, the Cardinals will likely listen to offers, and Peterson’s public trade request might only help build a market for his services, McFadden believes.

The former cornerback believes Arizona could receive at least two draft picks as compensation, judging from the last shutdown cornerbacks who were traded. He cited the Kansas City Chiefs’ deal of Marcus Peterson in February that cost the Los Angeles Rams a 2018 fourth-round pick and 2019 second-round pick.

In 2013, the New York Jets shipped Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 13th overall pick that year and a conditional selection that became a third-round pick in 2014.

McFadden said he’s heard unconfirmed whispers out of Philadelphia that the Eagles put a second-round selection and a third-round pick on the table.

What he’s sure of is that Peterson, who as of Monday had yet to speak with Wilks about his desire to leave, does not want to be part of a rebuilding team.

“Boy, I wish I was as confident as I was with the Megaball that I am with this Pat P situation,” said McFadden, who played for Arizona in 2009. “No question he wants out. We know the situation right now in Arizona. They’re currently looking like they’re going into rebuilding mode. Unfortunately, Pat does not want to be a part of that. He wants to be able to compete.

“We don’t see that happening anytime soon with the Cardinals. Granted, anything can happen in the near future. But based on what we know, based on how the roster has been constructed … it’s going to take some time for the Cardinals to be consistent, relevant like they were years ago, and not to mention competing for playoff contention.”

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