Lately it has been the topic of discussion—cornerbacks claiming themselves as the best in the league at their position. There is good reason for it as well. Over the past month there have been some massive contract extensions for players at the position for astronomical amounts of money. For instance, Joe Haden of the Cleveland Browns claims he is the best corner in the game. The Browns certainly agree as he was given a $67.5 million contract over the course of five years. He told the NFL Network in May that, “I rank myself at one” in a response to who the best corner in the game was.
Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks started to create the idea that he was the best corner in the game after his well known interview following the Seahawks meeting with the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs. As Erin Andrews was interviewing him he mentioned, “I’m the best corner in the game!” The Seahawks gave Sherman the biggest deal in league history for a cornerback in a four year $57 million deal with $40 million guaranteed.
The biggest deal for a cornerback was increased not long after by the Arizona Cardinals to their star player Patrick Peterson. While Sherman covers his half of the field, Peterson is always matched up with the opposing team’s best wide receiver and has done pretty well. The Cardinals recognized that and upped Peterson’s contract to five years and $70 million with $48 guaranteed. Peterson claims himself as the best corner and now he has the money to back it up. Other cornerbacks around the league have also either claimed they’re the best or consider themselves in the discussion of the best. Darrelle Revis for nearly a decade has been one of the best in the league but has had injuries as of late knocking him down from the top spot in a lot of people’s eyes. Dee Milliner of the New York Jets has claimed that he should be in the conversation and that is with only one season under his belt. At this stage most people believe it’s confidence instead of proof for Milliner. Then there is DeAngelo Hall of the Washington Redskins. The veteran claims to be in the discussion as well and over the last 10 years he has the third most interceptions to back that up. The debate continues for these players and it’s possible that more will emerge claiming to be the best. We’ll just have to find out in the fall.
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