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Originally published Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 9:07 PM

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Patrick Peterson has no ‘beef’ with Richard Sherman

Patrick Peterson is the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL. Just ask him.


The Associated Press

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Patrick Peterson is the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.

Just ask him.

Not only did he tweet the terms of his new contract — five years, $70 million, $48 million guaranteed — he referred to himself as the highest-paid at his position at least five times in the Arizona Cardinals’ news conference Wednesday announcing the deal — twice before he was asked a question.

He’s long maintained he’s the league’s best cornerback. Now he says he has higher goals — the playoffs, a Super Bowl title, the Hall of Fame.

Peterson made sure everyone knew his contract was bigger than that of Seattle’s Richard Sherman. The two have carried on a Twitter rivalry for some time.

Sherman signed a $58 million, four-year contract — $40 million guaranteed — earlier this year.

Peterson rubbed it in with a tweet Wednesday that said, “You mad bro!!!” followed by five faces crying.

Sherman responded with a close-up photo of his Super Bowl championship ring and said, “Can’t ever be too mad.”

“I don’t have any beef with Richard,” Peterson said. “I’m having fun. I don’t know if he’s having fun, but I think it’s going to make me take my game to the next level.”

Peterson noted some of Sherman’s tweets are “a little salty.”

“I guess it will be must-watch TV when we play Seattle,” Peterson said.

It’s the second-largest deal in team history, exceeded only by the eight-year contract worth up to $120 million — with nearly $50 million guaranteed — that Larry Fitzgerald signed in 2011.

OXNARD, Calif. — Tyron Smith has a new contract that will probably make him the most important blocker for the next Dallas quarterback after Tony Romo.

The Pro Bowl left tackle signed a $98 million, eight-year extension that pushes the total value of his deal to $110 million over 10 years, locking him up through 2023.

The extension includes a $10 million signing bonus and $40 million in guaranteed money. Smith joins Romo as the only Cowboys with contracts valued at more than $100 million.

Smith was just 20 when the Cowboys took him ninth overall in 2011 out of USC. That was Jason Garrett’s first draft as coach.

“That first one says a lot about what you believe,” Garrett said. “He’s something else. We really emphasize the importance of mental toughness. We believe that’s a distinguishing trait in players and in teams. And he represents that in spades. He’s off the charts.”

Notes

• Dallas Cowboys rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will miss at least two months after breaking his right foot in practice at training camp.

• Running back Fred Jackson, 33, signed a one-year extension with Buffalo, placing him under contract through 2015. Also, Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham was suspended for the first game of the regular season for a year-old drug offense.

• Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris was suspended for two games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

• Indianapolis Colts left guard Donald Thomas may have reinjured his right quad. Thomas missed all but two games last season with a torn right quad.

• The Pittsburgh Steelers will retire Hall of Fame defensive end Joe Greene’s No. 75 on Nov. 2.

• Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson signed a multiyear contract extension. The Packers have won four NFC North titles and a Super Bowl in the past decade during his tenure.

• Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed he has met with San Antonio officials but declined to disclose whether he has any interest in relocating the franchise to Texas.



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