As the Arizona Cardinals are set to face the Seattle Seahawks, a big story broke yesterday regarding the Steve Keim-Patrick Peterson saga.
Yesterday, news broke at Arizona Sports that Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim claimed he knew nothing about a rude fan letter that Peterson received in 2019. This strikes as rather farfetched. Given the disrespect the former Cardinals cornerback felt from the organization, it implies he tried to make it known to someone in the organization, yet it fell on deaf ears.
Further, following the Vikings 34-26 win over the Cardinals, Peterson once again called out Keim, stating the general manager is, “still running from me.” Peterson wasn’t shy about hiding his feelings about Keim, also saying he wanted to see him “face to face.”
Arizona Cardinals general manager could be lying about Peterson
While Keim praised Peterson on Wolf & Luke yesterday and claimed he never knew about the letter, given Peterson’s feelings toward the Cardinals organization since before he signed with Minnesota, it’s a highly suspicious statement. Why would someone who seemingly had no problems with the organization for 10 seasons bolt the second he saw an opportunity?
And why the sheer animosity toward Keim? Peterson was also not alone in expressing ill-will toward the Cardinals organization. Former running back Chase Edmonds, recently traded to the Denver Broncos, predicted earlier in 2022 that quarterback Kyler Murray would not remain in the desert.
Edmonds went on to imply, albeit vaguely, about polarizing (cultural) practices the Cardinals engage in while further calling into question the organization’s overall approach. During that conversation with Edmonds, Peterson also cited the fact that the Cardinals have a bad habit of letting marquee players walk as yet another reason for the team’s mediocre (at best) results.
The buck stops with Steve Keim in all of the above. And since Peterson was yet another pivotal piece once upon a time to walk, with the fan letter and his frustration at Keim undoubtedly playing a role, such actions imply Keim knew what Peterson was going through since the 2019 season, yet did nothing to remedy it.
While unproven, if it can be proven down the road, it would add yet another chapter into the tumultuous tenure of what might be the NFL’s most overrated general manager.
And if that is the case, then Keim is yet another organizational asset owner Michael Bidwill should seriously consider parting ways with. If players don’t want to play for a Keim-run organization, a change needs to be made at general manager.
Article Source: Cardinals GM Steve Keim responds to Patrick Peterson’s comments by Arizona Sports
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