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DC Todd Bowles said Patrick Peterson will still be asked to shadow receivers at times.

In theory, the Cardinals could just "play sides" with their corners as long as newly signed Antonio Cromartie returns to 2012 form. But that would represent an under-utilization of Peterson, a potentially dominant press-man corner that is entering his prime. "It won't influence what Pat does," Bowles said of Cromartie's arrival. "They both match up well. Some games Pat will be matching up, some games Cromartie will be matching up, depending on the receiver."

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The Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals plan to exercise Patrick Peterson's fifth-year option for 2015 this offseason, and to begin extension talks.

The Cards have until May 3 to officially exercise Peterson's option. The extra year of team control gives Arizona leeway in long-term talks. Peterson fired his agent in January, fueling speculation that he was angling for an extension. Peterson passed up an opportunity last month to say he wouldn't hold out.

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Appearing on Tuesday's Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network, Patrick Peterson passed up an opportunity to say he wasn't considering a holdout.

Angling for a contract extension, Peterson recently switched agents. "I can't speak on that right now," Peterson said. "Me and my agent, we haven't talked about some of those possibilities. But hopefully we can get something done." Peterson is technically signed through just 2014, but the Cardinals can exercise a fifth-year option on his rookie contract. Arizona holds most of the cards in long-term talks.

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AZCardinals.com's Darren Urban doesn't expect CB Patrick Peterson to receive a contract extension this offseason.

Peterson recently changed agents, leading to speculation that he's pushing for a new deal. The Cardinals can exercise a fifth-year option to keep Peterson under contract through 2015, and seem likely to wait until next year to begin long-term talks. Peterson has made the Pro Bowl in two straight seasons and graded out as the No. 16 corner in Pro Football Focus' year-end ratings. He's expected to command over $50 million guaranteed on his next contract.

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Patrick Peterson fired his agent, Patrick Lawlor, on Monday night.

Peterson is expected to hire Joel Segal of Lagardere Unlimited as his new representation, just a few months before he's set to begin negotiating a long-term deal with the Cardinals. Peterson has one year left on his rookie deal following the 2013 season, and he's expected to command over $50 million guaranteed on a new contract. Peterson is Pro Football Focus' No. 8 corner.

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Cardinals GM Steve Keim compares RCB Patrick Peterson to Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders.

"I've never been a part of a team with a more valuable defensive player," Keim raved. "Then you consider the guy can really help you in three phases of the game - defense, special teams and now as a receiver. He is one of a kind." Peterson has been taking regular snaps on offense this summer. Peterson's game doesn't quite yet match his reputation on defense, but that could change this season.

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RCB Patrick Peterson is in about 15 of the Cardinals' offensive plays.

Coach Bruce Arians claims Peterson could be one of the top five wide receivers in the NFL. He's using his top corner and dynamic return man on the outside, in the slot and as a wingback. We don't doubt Peterson's athletic ability, but anything more than a fistful of snaps in four-wide sets on offense all year would be a surprise. Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts won't be coming off the field much.

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Cardinals RCB Patrick Peterson ran routes as a receiver in Tuesday's training-camp session.

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Mike Jurecki of XTRA Phoenix reports the Cardinals would like to extend CB Patrick Peterson's contract this season.

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New Cardinals coach Bruce Arians plans to keep RCB Patrick Peterson on punt returns.

Peterson's punt-return efficiency slipped dramatically in his second NFL season, but the special teams workload has yet to affect his pass coverage. "He can't get his hands on the ball enough for me," Arians said. "As long as the other team is punting, he's going to be back there." Peterson averaged 15.9 yards on 44 punt returns with four touchdowns as a rookie. In 2012, his average slipped to 8.4 yards on 51 chances without a score.