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Patrick Peterson will be at Cards mandatory minicamp


Patrick Peterson wants a new contract, but he won't sit out until he gets one.

After avoiding most of the Arizona Cardinals OTAs this offseason, the cornerback told's Josh Weinfuss on Monday night that he won't skip the start of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.

"Like I told you guys, I won't hold out so we got that done," Peterson said. "I will be there ... be there full tilt ready to roll, taking that final step into camp."

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported last month that the groundwork has been laid for a new contract between Peterson and the Cardinals, according to sources involved in the situation. The plan was for the Cardinals and Peterson's agent, Joel Segal, to kick talks into high gear after Richard Sherman's deal got done.

The No. 5 overall pick in the 2011 draft believes he's worth more than the four-year, $56 million contract signed by Sherman. Peterson is under contract in Arizona for the next two seasons.

The Pro Bowl corner denied skipping voluntary workouts had anything to do with his contract situation. He said he spent the time with his wife, who is attending medical school.

Another man who will attend a mandatory minicamp Tuesday is Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks.

The 29-year-old veteran won't skip the workouts, but he will be unable to practice due to lingering toe and foot issues, according to Rapoport, per a source with knowledge of his situation. Nicks has not participated all offseason and there is no word on whether he will be available by the start of training camp -- which the lineman has been shooting for.

Players who skip mandatory minicamp are subject to fines totaling as much as $69,000 if they miss the entire three-day session.

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