Patrick Peterson hints at long-term commitment to Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals star cornerback Patrick Peterson said Wednesday that his request to be traded "came at a bad time."

"I was just frustrated," Peterson said.

Peterson, who spoke after Wednesday's practice for the first time since ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday that Peterson "desperately" wants out of Arizona and asked to be traded by the Oct. 30 trade deadline, said those frustrations were with the Cardinals' 1-6 start.

"You see the record," Peterson said.

He reiterated the same words when asked if he was frustrated with coaching or personnel.

Earlier Wednesday, Peterson tweeted a statement that hinted at his long-term commitment to the Cardinals.

Peterson met with Cardinals president Michael Bidwill for 30 minutes on Tuesday, and they discussed ways for the Cardinals to improve and for Peterson to be a leader, sources told Schefter. Peterson said he talks to Bidwill "every day," but the two are now in a "good place."

"We've moved forward from what happened the other day," Peterson said. "I think we definitely have a clear understanding, and I have two years left under my contract so I'm here."

Peterson also received assurances from Bidwill about the team's commitment to winning, sources said.

"Obviously, he can't read the future," Peterson said. "He's not a psychic or anything like that, but Mr. Bidwill has been doing a great job of making sure that his team has everything to be successful as far a facility, as far as the nutrition, the equipment room, the weight room, the stadium.

"It goes down the line. He's doing everything in his power to make sure we can put the best product on the field."

However, Peterson wouldn't get into the specifics of his conversation with Bidwill.

"For the most part, I'm here," Peterson said. "I came to practice today. Had a great practice today. Had a couple one-handed interceptions, and looking forward to getting those Sunday, as well."

Coach Steve Wilks said he spoke with Peterson on Monday after the reports surfaced but declined to share the details of their conversation. Wilks said it was "very encouraging" that Peterson said he intends to be in Arizona for years to come but agreed with Peterson's frustration.

"We're frustrated right now based on the situation that we're in, 1-6," Wilks said.

After news of Peterson's request came out Monday, Wilks said the team won't deal Peterson.

"We're not trading Patrick," Wilks said. "That's out of the question."

Peterson, who signed a five-year extension worth $70 million in 2014, has two years left on his deal. The fifth overall pick in 2011, Peterson is a seven-time Pro Bowler and a three-time All Pro.

Both Peterson and Wilks tried to quickly move past talk of Peterson's trade request on Wednesday.

Peterson said his decision to ask for a trade is "behind" him and that he's "moving forward." Then he apologized to his teammates.

"Honestly, I don't really want to dwell on the situation or what happened," Peterson said. "I said what I said. The news came out Monday. It is what it is. It's business.

"We're moving forward from it. Our focus right now is on the 49ers. I'm sorry that I had to take away from this game week, but it is what it is. I'm ready to move forward. My teammates are ready to move forward. Coach Wilks is ready to move forward. We're just completely worried about how to get a damn win because we need one."