Glendale, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Patrick Peterson became the NFL’s highest-paid cornerback after the Arizona Cardinals signed him to a five-year contract extension worth $70 million, with guaranteed money of $48 million.
Peterson’s deal eclipsed extensions signed recently by the Cleveland Browns’ Joe Haden (five years, $68 million) and Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman (four years, $56 million).
The team announced the extension, which will keep Peterson under contract through 2020, without specifying the pay.
Peterson, who was selected fifth overall in 2011, became the first member of that highly successful first-round class to sign an extension.
Peterson is a three-time Pro Bowler and a two-time All-Pro. He has 12 career interceptions but made his mark during his rookie season as a punt returner and tied an NFL record with four touchdowns.
In his three years in the league, Peterson hasn’t been to the playoffs, but he took on a role of an all-around player in Arizona, playing offense, defense and special teams the past season.
Peterson he made NFL history by becoming the first defensive player since at least the 1970 merger to have a reception and completion in the same game.