Lions Connected to Former $70 Million Defensive Back

Last year, the Detroit Lions signed former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton in NFL free agency. 

Now in need of a replacement for Sutton, Bleacher Report's Alex Ballentine speculated that the Lions could pursue Patrick Peterson, another former Steelers defensive back.

"In an effort to save money, the Pittsburgh Steelers cut the three-time All-Pro. However, he appeared in all 17 games for the Steelers last season, starting 16 and allowing only 7.7 yards per target," Ballentine said.

"He also added an unusual chapter to his resume by moonlighting at safety near the end of the season.

"Peterson showed enough that he should get a shot at corner, but the possibility of playing safety makes him a safer signing."

After his rookie contract expired, Peterson agreed to stay with the Arizona Cardinals for five years and $70 million. In his first five seasons, he was named to the first team All-Pro three times.

 Peterson has spent the last three seasons with the Vikings and Steelers. In 17 regular-season games last year, he recorded 42 total tackles, 11 pass defenses, and two interceptions.

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