The Pittsburgh Steelers are bolstering their secondary with veteran corner Patrick Peterson. The eight-time Pro Bowler is reportedly set to sign a two-year deal with the franchise.
Peterson is expected to get a $7.15 million guaranteed salary for the 2023 season, with the second year being a team option. If the Steelers decide to keep him for 2024, he will get an additional $6.85 million.
While Pittsburgh still hasn’t made the signing official, Peterson himself confirmed the news on social media and his weekly All Things Covered podcast.
Speaking on All Things Covered, Peterson said that he always admired the Steelers franchise and their coach Mike Tomlin, which played a big role in his decision to go to Pittsburgh.
“My agent was doing his job, and he was calling around and seeing what teams were wanting to have me in their locker room, and Pittsburgh was one of those teams we felt would be a great destination for me,” Peterson added.
The 32-year-old spent the past two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, totaling 111 tackles, 20 passes defended, six interceptions, and one defensive touchdown. He said that returning to the Vikings was a real option, but the business side of the deal didn’t work out.
“I definitely wanted to go back to Minnesota,” he explained.
Peterson is now expected to provide veteran leadership to the Steelers and step in for Cameron Sutton, who decided to sign with the Detroit Lions earlier this week. Besides his eight Pro Bowls, Peterson also has two First-Team All-Pro nods on his resume. He has a total of 610 tackles, 111 pass deflections, 34 interceptions, and six touchdowns throughout his 12 years in the league.