GLENDALE, Ariz. – Patrick Peterson is the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.
Just ask him.
Not only did he tweet out the terms of his new contract – five years, $70 million, $48 million guaranteed – he referred to himself as the highest-paid at his position at least five times in the Arizona Cardinals’ news conference announcing the new deal Wednesday – twice before he was ever asked a question.
He’s long maintained he’s the league’s best cornerback. Now he says he has higher goals – the playoffs, a Super Bowl title, the Hall of Fame.
Peterson doesn’t speak as if he’s boasting, rather just a matter of the facts.
In just three years, he has become, as he put it a face of the franchise.
Dolphins touting togetherness
The Miami Dolphins, rocked by a bullying scandal last season, are now wearing T-shirts bearing a credo of togetherness that was coined by the players.
On the back was a list of 10 sayings bordered by the words I Am a Miami Dolphin that encompass their approach to the upcoming season. Among the sayings that bring to mind last year’s scandal involving former offensive linemen Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin is this one. If I See Something – I Will Say Something – I Commit to Call It as It Is.
Packers GM gets extension
Green Bay signed longtime general manager Ted Thompson to a multiyear contract extension.
The team did not release terms, and Thompson declined to say the length of the new deal.
Thompson is entering his 10th season as the head of football operations. The Packers have won four NFC North titles overall and a Super Bowl since Thompson took over in Green Bay.
Around the league
Dallas signed Tyron Smith to an eight-year contract extension that locks up the Pro Bowl left tackle through 2023. Cleveland signed safety Jim Leonard, making the Browns the fifth different team in his nine-year career. Cincinnati defensive tackle Geno Atkins practiced for the first time as he comes back from a torn knee ligament.
Dallas rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will miss at least two months after breaking his right foot in practice. Running back Fred Jackson signed a one-year contract extension with Buffalo through 2015. Pittsburgh is retiring Hall of Fame defensive end Joe Greene’s No. 75 during a ceremony Nov. 2 when the team hosts the Ravens.
New York Giants running back David Wilson will not practice for the rest of the week and is out for Sunday’s Hall of Fame game after suffering what the team called a burner. Buffalo linebacker Nigel Bradham has been suspended by the NFL for the team’s regular-season opener for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.