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Patrick Peterson not focused on contract

7/28/2014

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson is not disappointed that he entered training camp without a contract extension.

Speaking to reporters for the first time during this year’s camp, Peterson said his side and the Cardinals are still talking as training camp enters its third day Monday. Peterson still has two years left on his rookie contract but extensions for the league’s top cornerbacks were a hot topic this summer.

Seattle’s Richard Sherman signed a four-year $57.4 million extension on May 7 and Cleveland’s Joe Haden received a five-year $68 million extension about a week later. Peterson is scheduled to earn about $2.9 million this year and $10 million next season.

The three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro said he’ll leave the negotiations to his agent, Joel Segal, and the Cardinals’ brain trust.

“I’m here to play football,” Peterson said. “I’ve got two years left on my deal and I want to do the best I can to help this team win. I haven’t been to the playoffs since I’ve been here. That’s my first goal. That’s what I’m focusing on right now, just football, and we’ll see what the contract stuff, if it happens, it happens.

“If it don’t, I have to continue playing football.”