Arizona Cardinals sign DE Corey Peters

Peters tore his Achilles in 2013 at the worst possible time, in a meaningless week 16 game, just before he was set to hit free agency. Peters was forced to settle for a cheap one year deal back in Atlanta in an attempt to rehab his value and he did a decent job. He played 15 games (except week 1 when he was kept out for precautionary reasons) and graded out about average on 535 snaps. Other than that Achilles tear, he doesn’t have a significant injury history, as he’s missed just 9 games in 5 seasons combined since the Falcons drafted him in the 3rd round in 2010.

Peters struggled in the first 3 seasons of his career, grading out below average in all 3 seasons, including a 2010 season in which he graded out 62nd out of 76 eligible and a 2012 season in which he graded out 83rd out of 85 eligible, but he’s graded out right about average in each of the last 2 seasons and he’s going into his age 27 season. He has experience playing both 4-3 defensive tackle and 3-4 defensive end in Mike Nolan’s hybrid scheme. He’ll play the latter here in Arizona. This is a solid value by the Cardinals, getting him on a 3-year, 10.5 million dollar deal with 5.75 million guaranteed. The Cardinals have now signed both Cory Redding and Corey Peters with the money they freed up by letting Darnell Dockett go. Those two will rotate opposite Calais Campbell at 3-4 defensive end and will be an upgrade for the Cardinals on the defensive line.

Grade: A-




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