NFL notebook: Cardinals CB Peterson banned six games (PEDs)

NFL notebook: Cardinals CB Peterson banned six games (PEDs)
By Reuters

17/05/2019 at 03:13Updated 17/05/2019 at 03:15

Eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals has been suspended for the first six games of 2019 for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.

Details of the violation have not been released, but ESPN's Adam Schefter
reported that Peterson has dropped his appeal. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport
reported the length of the suspension -- compared to the typical four-game
punishment for a PED violation -- is because the violation involved a masking

Peterson, 28, has never missed a start since the Cardinals drafted him in the
first round (fifth overall) in 2011, making the Pro Bowl all eight seasons and
earning first-team All-Pro honors three times. The Pro Bowl streak will now
end, with Peterson ineligible due to the violation.

"Patrick recognizes how disappointing this is for everyone in the organization
as well as our fans," the Cardinals said in a statement Thursday. "As we all
do, he understands that regardless of intent he is ultimately responsible for
everything he puts in his body. Our coaching staff and our players are now
aware that we will have to play the first six games without Patrick and they
understand they have to rise to the challenge that it presents."

Peterson asked for a trade last October, but rescinded the request and later
confirmed his commitment to the Cardinals. However, reports earlier this
offseason said Peterson's relationship with the team has become strained, and
Rapoport reported Thursday that the suspension has further complicated things.

--Outside linebacker Jamie Collins rejoined the New England Patriots after
two-plus seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Terms of the deal were not

Collins, 29, spent three-plus seasons with the Patriots before being dealt to
the Browns for a conditional third-round pick midway through the 2016 season.
Cleveland signed Collins to a four-year, $50 million extension in January
2017, but he was released this March after 30 games with the club.

The Patriots drafted Collins in the second round in 2013 and he blossomed with
a Pro Bowl campaign in 2015. In 50 games (41 starts) with the Patriots,
Collins totaled 326 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, five interceptions
and 16 passes defensed. In 2018, Collins played in all 16 games for the first
time in his career, totaling 104 tackles, four sacks, an interception and four
passes defensed for the Browns.

--The Baltimore Ravens reportedly reached a one-year deal to bring back free
agent linebacker Pernell McPhee.

After three seasons with the Chicago Bears (2015-17) and one with the
Washington Redskins (2018), McPhee returns to the organization he called home
from 2011-14. McPhee, 30, has 31 career sacks, 94 quarterback hits, 197
tackles and six forced fumbles in 109 games.

--Scott Pioli resigned after five years as assistant general manager of the
Atlanta Falcons, after months of discussions about his future with the club.

Pioli, who has 26 years in NFL personnel evaluation under his belt, and
Dimitroff have been friends for decades after meeting in Cleveland.
Dimitroff's father was a scout for Bill Belichick's Browns staff, which
included Pioli.

--Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph won't take a pay cut to stay in
Minnesota, telling the Star Tribune: "I am too young for that."

Rudolph, the subject of trade rumors and reported broken-down negotiations
over a contract extension, said he is hoping to find a way to stay with the
only team he played for in his eight seasons. The 29-year-old has one year
left on his contact and is due $7.5 million in 2019. The Vikings have about
$1.13 million left in cap space, according to Over The Cap.

--First-round draft pick Jonah Williams and second-round selection Drew Sample
signed their rookie contracts -- both four-year deals -- with the Cincinnati

Williams, the No. 11 overall selection, played 44 games at offensive tackle
for Alabama and was a unanimous first-team All-American in 2018. Sample, a
tight end from the University of Washington, was the No. 52 overall selection.

--Sixth-round pick Corey Ballentine signed his rookie contract with the New
York Giants as he continues his rehabilitation from injuries suffered on the
night he was drafted. He was shot in the backside on April 28 in an incident
in Topeka, Kan., that claimed the life of Washburn University teammate Dwane

Ballentine missed New York's rookie minicamp from May 3-5. The Giants
encouraged him to remain in Kansas to mourn the loss of his best friend, whose
funeral took place on May 4.

--Field Level Media