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Arizona Cardinals perennial Pro-Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson has officially requested a trade. As vital as the passing game is in today's NFL, having a lock-down cover corner to prevent that passing game is crucial and a potential game-changer. Acquiring a player like Peterson could make a team on the edge get into the playoffs and turn a playoff team into a Super Bowl champion. Here are the most likely destinations for the seven-time Pro Bowler.
5. Los Angeles Chargers
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The Chargers are a team on the rise and look to be the real contenders for the AFC West along with the Chiefs (sorry Broncos fans). The Chargers defense was touted as one of the league's best coming into the year, but haven't performed up to snuff. With star-defensive end Joey Bosa sidelined, they just haven't been the same squad as they were last year. Although adding Peterson to a secondary that includes impressive rookie Derwin James could turn the Chargers defense into the championship contender everyone anticipated them to be.
4. New Orleans Saints
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The Saints defense, like the Chargers, has taken a big dip in performance from last year. Their secondary is young, but they still seem as though they could be one piece away from being a legit Super Bowl contender. Patrick Peterson could be that piece.
3. Houston Texans
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Peterson would most likely welcome a trade to the Texans. He would once again be paired with close friend and fellow LSU alumni Tyrann Mathieu. Peterson and Mathieu reunite what was once a fearful secondary duo for a team that all of a sudden has a hold on the top spot in their division. Despite the slow start, adding a guy like Peterson could make sure the Texans stay trending upwards into the playoffs and beyond.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers
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The Steelers secondary has been woeful this year. Adding Peterson would definitely help them towards their goal of winning the AFC North. Although young defensive lineman T.J Watt is slowly becoming a star, adding a matching star to captain that defense after the loss of Ryan Shazier last year could pay huge dividends. It would allow Joe Haden to switch off the opposing team's best receiver and create a formidable and intelligent corner-backing duo in Pittsburgh.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
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Theres no nice way to put it: the Chiefs are the worst defense in the league. Since the loss of their star starting cornerback Marcus Peters during the offseason, the Chiefs have been looking for that lockdown corner to replace him. Orlando Scandrick simply hasn't been it. If Peterson went to the Chiefs it would create a pairing in the secondary of two of the best defensive players in all of football over the last five years, including safety Eric Berry, who has not played since Week 1 of the 2017 season where he tore his achilles.
The Chiefs already look like a Super Bowl contender with the league's worst defense. Adding one of the NFL's top 5 cornerbacks would only further solidify that.
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