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Corey Peters ready for move to Arizona

Leaving Atlanta behind was a tough decision for Corey Peters to make, but the former Falcons defensive lineman saw a better opportunity awaiting him in Arizona.

Peters confirmed he is set to sign a three-year contract with the Cardinals, a deal worth more than $3.5 million per season. He leaves behind five seasons with a Falcons franchise that drafted him in the third round out of Kentucky.

"It’s definitely bittersweet because I’m very grateful to the Falcons for drafting me and for allowing me to be a part of a great organization for the last five years," Peters said. "But at the same point in time, I’m excited about the new chapter and excited to be moving on.

"Arizona’s entire approach was unique in that they had a plan for me. Throughout discussions, I thought I could be a good fit there. And I think that they're definitely a great team, a great organization and a team that’s in position to make the playoffs and have playoff success."

Peters had six suitors outside of the Falcons and actually turned down more money elsewhere to sign with the Cardinals. Arizona offers him an opportunity to start immediately and use his versatility in a 3-4 defensive scheme. He could play either the nose or defensive end in the alignment.

"For me, the fit was the most important thing," Peters said. "Arizona provided me the best opportunity to be successful all around. The whole package with that city, that organization and that coaching staff … like I said, the presentation was really impressive. I was really impressed with the guys in their front office."

There is another factor that should make Peters’ transition to the Cardinals seamless. His old Falcons teammate linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is set to join him in Arizona.

"That’s going to be dope, man," Peters said. "Spoon is one of my best friends. It’s kind of weird how everything happened. Everything was really independent. The decision basically was already made when I found out Spoon was going to go. That was just like an extra bonus."

The Falcons did offer Peters a one-year contract, but the terms obviously did not appeal to him. Regardless, he expressed no ill feelings toward the organization.

"I just want to reiterate how thankful I am for my opportunities in Atlanta," Peters said. "I’m forever grateful to the city, fans and the organization. At the end of the day, if it was a perfect world, I would stay. I didn’t really feel like that was an option."