Initial contract numbers are usually inflated and agent-driven. But it's safe to say that Peterson's guaranteed money should be greater than Sherman's $40 million guaranteed.
The numbers aren't a huge surprise. Peterson was drafted No. 5 overall, so he was building off a bigger base than Sherman. More importantly: Peterson is more talented than Sherman. Peterson is less scheme dependent. Ask 32 general managers who they would take, and the majority would likely pick Peterson as their cornerback to build around.
Now it's up to the talented Cardinal to live up to his end of the bargain. He's coming off his best season, but hasn't always been consistent as a cover cornerback. He's now getting paid to be the league's best.
Here's what else you need to know from training camp Tuesday:
- The Detroit Lions are willing to let Ndamukong Suhtest his market value next offseason as a free agent after deciding to table long-term contract talks, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. This does not sound like a great idea if the team wants to keep him. Once players get to free agency, they generally don't stay. Reading between the lines, Suh's contract demands this offseason might have been viewed as unrealistic.
- We've got all your injuries covered in our massive round up here. The Dallas Cowboys reportedly fear second-round pick Demarcus Lawrence has a broken right foot. The Seattle Seahawks lost third-string tight end Anthony McCoy for a year. And Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson's foot injury is a growing concern.
- Every depth chart looks shiny and promising as training camps open. And the slow process of degradation begins as unfulfilled expectations and injuries strike.
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We hope this setback isn't serious, but any recurrence of neck issues raises questions about Wilson's future. Beckham's hamstring injury is not as significant, but he's barely been able to practice since getting drafted.
He's going to miss at least another week with the injury, and has a lot of ground to catch up. Many rookie receivers have been waylaid by hamstring injuries in their first training camp, and they don't get a chance to truly catch up until their second season. The Giants are hoping that these July speed bumps don't predate another rocky offensive season.