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Adrian Peterson didn’t hold out because he’s “in the driver’s seat”

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With so many veteran running backs clamoring for new contracts and either holding out or threatening to do so, why isn’t Vikings running back Adrian Peterson doing the same thing?

“I’m pretty much in a good position right now,” Peterson told 105.3 the Fan in Dallas, via SportsRadioInterviews.com.  “I’m kind of in the driver’s seat, so I just decided, hey, it’s my last year of the contract, I’ll stay faithful to it and I’m going to go out and focus on doing what I can do to help this team win a championship. . . .  Everything else will work out on its own.”

Peterson is in the driver’s seat because he’s due to make $10.7 million in 2011.  This means that it would cost the Vikings $12.84 million to hold Peterson in place with the franchise tag in 2012, giving Peterson a two-year take of $23.5 million.

If, of course, the Vikings use the franchise tag, Peterson can stay away from all offseason workouts and training camp and the preseason and show up right before Week One and sign the tender and collect the full amount of his salary.

The smart move for the Vikings could be to trade Peterson next March, if not sooner.  But that would require a trade partner who is willing to give a jaw-dropping contract to a hard-running tailback who is likely closer to the end of his prime than the start of it.

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67 Responses to “Adrian Peterson didn’t hold out because he’s “in the driver’s seat””
  1. keeponhating says: Aug 25, 2011 7:04 PM

    c’mon mike what has peterson done to show you he’s at the back end of his prime? im not even a vikings fan and thats an absurd thing to say.

  2. vikesorgtfo says: Aug 25, 2011 7:04 PM

    He’s right though, he’s the only consistant healthy playmaker on the team, they’ll give him crazy money.

  3. captainwisdom8888 says: Aug 25, 2011 7:07 PM

    I disagree with everything about that last paragraph. You don’t get better by trading your best player…

  4. itsmammoth says: Aug 25, 2011 7:07 PM

    “told 105.3 the Fan in Dallas…”

    *sigh*

    What could’ve been… What could’ve been…

  5. thespeaker08 says: Aug 25, 2011 7:07 PM

    Yeah, trading him is far more logical than re-signing him. Yeah. Flo you should be a GM with that logic.

  6. contra74 says: Aug 25, 2011 7:08 PM

    The smart move for the Vikings could be to trade Peterson next March, if not sooner.
    ————
    Wait what!? Seriously, why is that the smart move? Why dont you also write that the smart move is to trade Rodgers, Bradford, (insert good player name here). What the heck is your problem!?

  7. FinFan68 says: Aug 25, 2011 7:09 PM

    Peterson is doing it the right way

  8. jakek2 says: Aug 25, 2011 7:10 PM

    Dummy. He should hold out or risk the big payday like Steve Smith did before blowing out his knee.

  9. alldayvikings says: Aug 25, 2011 7:11 PM

    Give him his deal!!! NOW!!

  10. nep1283 says: Aug 25, 2011 7:11 PM

    A.P is the best running back in the league. Hes after the superbowl not the biggest contract

  11. theytukrjobs says: Aug 25, 2011 7:19 PM

    I have two points towards why trading Peterson is just stupid.

    1) Contrary to popular belief, winning the superbowl isn’t the only thing that matters. What matters is putting out an entertaining product.

    Granted, winning the superbowl is as entertaining for the fans as it gets. But trading away your best and most popular player is not. You build around those guys.

    Sure, in four years he won’t be elite anymore. But we’ll have sure had a lot of fun watching him in those 4 years, whether or not they win the superbowl.

    2) Okay, lets just assume superbowls are all that matters. Which super bowl winner from the last 10 years got there by trading their best and most popular player in his prime for picks? I mean blockbuster deal for serious picks too so don’t pull some “Packers traded Favre” BS either.

    The only reason you’d trade Peterson is if he demands to be traded.

  12. partylikeits1972 says: Aug 25, 2011 7:20 PM

    …yeah real good idea… Trade the best thing in the twin cities since randy moss. You no longer have to pay these unproven rooks insane amounts of loot on the grounds of “potential”. Do what u gotta do to keep him bc im sure some unsuspecting team would give him a shot and the vikings may find themselvs in another time zone sooner than later.

  13. infinitig says: Aug 25, 2011 7:20 PM

    He will only be 27 years old next March. He averaged 4.6 a carry last year which isn’t too bad. I hope the Vikings let him go but I can’t see them letting the only real player they have left on offense other than maybe Harvin.

  14. pdxpanther says: Aug 25, 2011 7:22 PM

    If he had a cheap owner like Bud Adams who hardly pays anyone, he’d probably sing a different tune. Plus with the chance the team goes to L.A. why bother leaving?

  15. mnsportsguy79 says: Aug 25, 2011 7:33 PM

    P.A. said it best today…Adrian is a special player and he’s absolutely right. You have to do what’s best by him. Look at the statement AZ made to Fitz.

  16. beastofeden says: Aug 25, 2011 7:35 PM

    Slaves! Built America!
    Slaves! Built the Pyramids!

    Let’s go Slaves!!!

  17. textexington says: Aug 25, 2011 7:37 PM

    The Vikings have never won a Superbowl.

  18. hus10188 says: Aug 25, 2011 7:40 PM

    There are a lot of reasons why the Vikings will lock up Peterson.

    With him in their backfield, it’s an instant 8 in the box on 1st and 2nd down. And with their QB situation is far from stable, its a great luxury to know theres most of the game theres going to be 8 in the box all day, and only having to complete passes in one on one coverage and using play action.

    He’s not only able to take it to the house at any time but he’s also a great decoy as well because defensive coordinators will want to shut him down.

  19. tinbender2000 says: Aug 25, 2011 7:47 PM

    “The smart move for the Vikings could be to trade Peterson next March, if not sooner. ”
    I get it. You were sitting around with Matt Millen and he said, “If I were their GM, I’d…”

  20. bossplayer213 says: Aug 25, 2011 7:51 PM

    FinFan68 says: Aug 25, 2011 7:09 PM

    Peterson is doing it the right way

    ——————————-

    Oh lord, not this whole “doing it the right way” thing. It’s pretty easy to do it the “right way” when you’re making $10M this year. Why do you think he said he’s in the drivers seat? Because he is. And if he wasn’t (and was making peanuts like CJ), he’d be doing the EXACT same thing CJ is doing. Don’t be fooled into thinking AP is a good guy and CJ is a bad, this is a business. Everybody’s situation is difference. These 2 players contract situations aren’t comparable, at all.

  21. tombradysponytail says: Aug 25, 2011 8:01 PM

    Have your fun at mf’s expense, but unless the vikes plan on making a run in the next 2-3 years, trading AD might not be a bad idea (assuming they can get a king’s ransom for him). And, if Ponder is not the answer, they aren’t going anywhere for the foreseeable future. And, chances are, AD will be all used up before they have even the slightest chance to make a run.

    Where’s Carl? I’m curious to see what he has to say. Y’all are more fun when he’s around.

  22. blackheld says: Aug 25, 2011 8:09 PM

    I agree with Mike. Peterson is gonna want a five or six year deal at $10-12M per, with a bunch of it guaranteed. I don’t see him continuing to play at his current level another five years, and anything less would make him massively overpaid.

    Send him to the AFC for something like the Lions got for Roy Williams, and draft a couple of kids next spring. They won’t be as good as Peterson, but the Vikes can use the money they save to rebuild a lot of positions.

  23. johnnycash19 says: Aug 25, 2011 8:14 PM

    It sounds crazy, but is it really? To trade Peterson? What do you think you could get for him? 2 1st rounders and a second? That could be HUGE in rebuilding a team.

  24. wizahdry says: Aug 25, 2011 8:14 PM

    The Vikes may just let him go. This team isn’t gonna win any time soon. They blew their window for a title which is very short in this league. Why pay a rb who will have 2 good years at best left after this season for a team that will be rebuilding.

  25. david7590 says: Aug 25, 2011 8:15 PM

    Wow, and just a few months ago he was a slave.

  26. commandercornpone says: Aug 25, 2011 8:25 PM

    damn… who dropped the ball…

    AP

  27. jcd213 says: Aug 25, 2011 8:25 PM

    That is insane to think Adrian Peterson is slowing down or past his prime.

  28. henrykissingerisgod says: Aug 25, 2011 8:29 PM

    It does make sense to trade your best player if your team is 2-3 years away from being a legitimate contender if that. Especially when that player is a running back who will be at the end by then

  29. theytukrjobs says: Aug 25, 2011 8:30 PM

    bossplayer makes a good point. AP is already making pretty damn good money. Really what would he command average per year on the open market? 13 mil a season?

    Although if I were AP I’d prefer to lock up some guaranteed money just in case a catastrophic injury were to happen. You never know with those things.

    He’s proven to be one of the most durable running backs in the NFL over his career. But he’s an upright runner and those knees are always exposed.

    As for him being in the end of the prime there is nothing to really say that. He still has speed to spare and hasn’t yet tapped into his receiving and blocking abilities.

    And for those of you who don’t follow Vikes training camp, be prepared to see AP doing some crazy shiz in the passing game. They’ve been running that wheel route enough and with enough success to make me thing he’ll be hauling in a couple long passes over the shoulder. He is as fast as most WR’s in the league and better hands than you think.

  30. FinFan68 says: Aug 25, 2011 8:31 PM

    @bossplayer213: I wasn’t comparing AP to CJ. But since you mentioned it, CJ is doing it the wrong way. Yes, he deserves a better deal but he is acting like a jackass.

  31. rodgerthat says: Aug 25, 2011 8:35 PM

    tinbender2000 says:
    “The smart move for the Vikings could be to trade Peterson next March, if not sooner. ”
    I get it. You were sitting around with Matt Millen and he said, “If I were their GM, I’d…”
    _________________________________
    I dont care who you are that is some funny s**t right there…

  32. vikesfansteve says: Aug 25, 2011 8:48 PM

    Last year people were saying the Bears & Chiefs have no chance of playing well. Both made the playoffs. People don’t know s#it. The only thing about AP known is that the Vikings have him this yr & can franchise him next yr.

  33. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 25, 2011 8:51 PM

    Who asked you, Tom?

    Who cares if they keep AD or trade him? They had the only shot they’re going to get for a long, long time. And, they blew that with a bunch of fumbles, a 12 men in the huddle (wait, what?) penalty, and a classic favre pass off his back foot into heavy coverage for the final nail. It doesn’t matter what they do, they’ll still be terrible.

  34. realfootballfan says: Aug 25, 2011 9:09 PM

    For those criticizing Chris Johnson’s holdout, this underlines the problem. Peterson is in a great position simply because he was a top 10 pick, while Johnson prime years are being used up under a deal that he’s outperformed.

    So you’re telling me that what you did in college should still be dictating how your career goes, especially at that violent position, going into your 4th year when it’s evident that he’s one of the best players in the league?

    The Titans should be ashamed of themselves because when you get overwhelming production from one of your guys, just reward him, just like you should cut an underachiever and move on. It’s simple but for some reason it’s made complicated.

  35. phaktor333 says: Aug 25, 2011 9:16 PM

    Once the huge payday arrives on the precipice of the 30th birthday, the inevitable decline will begin. It is documented throughout the history of running backs in professional football. Very few men have been able to play through this phenomena. Curtis Martin is one of the very few who were able to do it. AP will need swallow his pride and learn how to run out of bounds, avoid taking on any and all tacklers and stop fighting for extra yards on 1st and 2nd down in order to lessen the chances of this happening. A lot of this will depend on how effective McNabb is…if he stinks it up, AP WILL be getting a Larry Johnson under Herm Edwards like workload…and we see where ol’ LJ is now…feeling like he’s in his 20’s.

  36. johnsticle says: Aug 25, 2011 9:27 PM

    Uh, what? TRADE AD? Hell no…

  37. mrvikingsfan11 says: Aug 25, 2011 9:30 PM

    Peterson is a stand up player, person and plays because he loves the game and that’s the best kind of player you want on your team, his mother and father raised him right!!!! And thank you Adrian for being such a great role model for our children.

  38. emoney12 says: Aug 25, 2011 9:35 PM

    Trade him to Tennessee. They’ll pay him.

  39. siouxyaya17 says: Aug 25, 2011 9:45 PM

    Wag him in front of Dan Snyder and the Redskins, anything is possible!

  40. purplescar says: Aug 25, 2011 9:52 PM

    The old saying says … “Better to trade a player a year too early than a year too lte.”

  41. acdc84 says: Aug 25, 2011 10:14 PM

    “The smart move for the Vikings could be to trade Peterson next March, if not sooner.”

    It’s crazy reading how a team would be smart to trade a guy that’s been in the Top 3 at his position since he entered the league, not that long ago. I understand that the shelf life for RBs is short, and that Minny won’t be competitive for the rest of the decade, but it’s still weird.

  42. nathanielflor says: Aug 25, 2011 10:19 PM

    @ Contra74 the reason it would be smart for hte Vikings to trade Peterson is because he is the only impact player on the team, and the team is in need of some SERIOUS rebuilding. If they were to trade Peterson they could exchange him for a variety of vital pieces in rebuilding a championship team. For example they would get a least a first rounder in addition to a few other draft picks and more than likely a few players.

  43. khmer379 says: Aug 25, 2011 10:37 PM

    AP is a class act and will be rewarded as for slowing down and trading him is the two dumbest statement I heard today

  44. ruvelligwebuike says: Aug 25, 2011 11:12 PM

    Maybe they could find an organization so worthless that they would give up 3 first rounders, 3 second rounders, a sixth rounder and 5 players for him?

    Just kidding. No organization could be that inept.

  45. packhawk04 says: Aug 25, 2011 11:19 PM

    Ap had bumps and bruises late ib the year last year. Is that how it starts? Who knows… I love how people compare trading ap to trading rodgers or bradford. You need a good qb to win the super bowl. You dont need a good rb to do it. Its a pass happy league, where the nfl has it set up for qbs to be successful. Ap is a luxury, not a neccessity.

  46. thephantomstranger says: Aug 25, 2011 11:41 PM

    I don’t remember people worrying about Jim Brown, Walter Payton, or Emmitt Smith slowing down or being traded. Adrian is in that class. You don’t trade a Hall of Famer.

    Oh, and it’s a transition year, not a rebuilding year.

  47. jebdamone says: Aug 25, 2011 11:55 PM

    trade AD? you must be taking crazy pills. talk about a professional though…show up, work hard, don’t complain, focus on winning and improvement.

  48. tqaztec says: Aug 26, 2011 2:16 AM

    Give AP 400 touches this season. I dare you.

  49. brewdogg says: Aug 26, 2011 3:44 AM

    Peterson is 26 years old.
    He is entering his 5th season.

    What kind of IDIOTS think he’s going to be slowing down anytime soon?

    How about we save this conversation for when his YPA falls below 4.4 for any given season.

  50. CKL says: Aug 26, 2011 4:01 AM

    He’ll go max speed this year for sure. We all know that when AP is in the driver’s seat, he clocks 100 MPH. :P

  51. flyeaglesfly13 says: Aug 26, 2011 4:36 AM

    What’s up with a bunch of u calling him AD? Did he change his last name? And I if the Vikes traded AP anytime soon would be one of the dumbest moves in all of football. Even tho the Vikes aren’t contenders, with him on the team they still sell out all their home games cause people want to see one of the best players in football play. Trade AP away and the Vikes better get ready for a bunch of blackouts. But if they do trade him, unfortunately they probably would get the most for him from the Redskins. But they probably wouldn’t want him to stay in the NFC. I could see the patriots being willing to go out and get a player as honorable as AP. I hate the patriots but that would be a great fit. They would be unstoppable.

  52. firerogergoodell says: Aug 26, 2011 6:28 AM

    Thank you Phantom. Great post. Couldn’t have said it better myself. No clue how you got 5 thumbs down… Carl Gerbschmidt must have made 5 new accounts.

  53. deeppurple23 says: Aug 26, 2011 7:22 AM

    A trade may be the smart move, but as an old school kinda guy I want AP in purple for his whole career. Give him the money and a long term contract. Come on Zigi you you gave the broken down “F” work $16mm. Now show the love to someone who deserves it.

  54. macjacmccoy says: Aug 26, 2011 9:14 AM

    Wow trade Peterson, your an idiot. I know rbs and the 30 thing, yea yea year. But their are players who have been able to play at a high level through out their lower 30’s. Peterson if anyone seems capable of being that guy. If its Mendenhall or Rice or CJ or Charles yea ok when 30 starts to creep up Im looking for a new RB. But not with Peterson hes 1 of those special backs that come around once a generation.

    He is going to continue to produce like he has been for at least another 5 years. If I had to bet on one player in the NFL living up to that statement I would put all my money on Peterson.

  55. truthserum4u says: Aug 26, 2011 9:35 AM

    textexington says:
    Aug 25, 2011 7:37 PM

    The Vikings have never won a Superbowl.

    ===========================

    Wow! So clever, so witty, so knowledgeable, so insightful! Your mother must be so proud!

    This kind of garbage, that so many put out there, is just an embarrassment to the fan base that supports your team. So sad really.

  56. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 26, 2011 9:43 AM

    firerogergoodell says:
    Aug 26, 2011 6:28 AM
    Thank you Phantom. Great post. Couldn’t have said it better myself. No clue how you got 5 thumbs down… Carl Gerbschmidt must have made 5 new accounts.

    _____

    I have one account, unlike you losers I’ve never been banned from pft so don’t need to have multiple accounts.

    And, your obsession with thumbs up or thumbs down is laughable. I believe the thumbs down are from his use of the phrase “tranisition year” – transitioning? Really? To what?

    By the way, Phantom, you used to always say they were just “reloading” this year? Now, it’s “transitioning?” What’s next, “relocating?”

  57. tombradysponytail says: Aug 26, 2011 10:07 AM

    flyeaglesfly13 says:
    Aug 26, 2011 4:36 AM
    What’s up with a bunch of u calling him AD? Did he change his last name? And I if the Vikes traded AP anytime soon would be one of the dumbest moves in all of football. Even tho the Vikes aren’t contenders, with him on the team they still sell out all their home games cause people want to see one of the best players in football play. Trade AP away and the Vikes better get ready for a bunch of blackouts. But if they do trade him, unfortunately they probably would get the most for him from the Redskins. But they probably wouldn’t want him to stay in the NFC. I could see the patriots being willing to go out and get a player as honorable as AP. I hate the patriots but that would be a great fit. They would be unstoppable.

    _____________

    His nickname is “All-Day.” I don’t really know the story, but I think his Dad gave it to him because he never stopped moving..all day. Or something like that.

  58. thephantomstranger says: Aug 26, 2011 10:59 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Aug 26, 2011 9:43 AM
    firerogergoodell says:
    Aug 26, 2011 6:28 AM
    Thank you Phantom. Great post. Couldn’t have said it better myself. No clue how you got 5 thumbs down… Carl Gerbschmidt must have made 5 new accounts.

    _____

    I have one account, unlike you losers I’ve never been banned from pft so don’t need to have multiple accounts.

    And, your obsession with thumbs up or thumbs down is laughable. I believe the thumbs down are from his use of the phrase “tranisition year” – transitioning? Really? To what?

    By the way, Phantom, you used to always say they were just “reloading” this year? Now, it’s “transitioning?” What’s next, “relocating?”
    _____________

    If you can find one comment from me where I said the vikings were “reloading,” I will retire from commenting here forever. Why do Packer fans hate the truth so much?

  59. vikesfansteve says: Aug 26, 2011 11:53 AM

    Carl Garblespunk is always wanting Vikings to reload in his rear

  60. tombradysponytail says: Aug 26, 2011 1:52 PM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Aug 25, 2011 11:41 PM
    I don’t remember people worrying about Jim Brown, Walter Payton, or Emmitt Smith slowing down or being traded. Adrian is in that class. You don’t trade a Hall of Famer.

    ________

    By the way, Phantom, big Pats fan here, so no dog in the fight as they say… But, while I agree that AD may be in the same class as Brown, Payton, and Smith, it’s kind of hard to argue that this version of the vikes is in the same class as the Browns, Bears, and Cowboys (of those respective eras.). Just sayin… no need to get all hateful on me.

  61. thephantomstranger says: Aug 26, 2011 2:17 PM

    tombradysponytail says:
    Aug 26, 2011 1:52 PM
    thephantomstranger says:
    Aug 25, 2011 11:41 PM
    I don’t remember people worrying about Jim Brown, Walter Payton, or Emmitt Smith slowing down or being traded. Adrian is in that class. You don’t trade a Hall of Famer.

    ________

    By the way, Phantom, big Pats fan here, so no dog in the fight as they say… But, while I agree that AD may be in the same class as Brown, Payton, and Smith, it’s kind of hard to argue that this version of the vikes is in the same class as the Browns, Bears, and Cowboys (of those respective eras.). Just sayin… no need to get all hateful on me.
    __________

    Three things: First, you’re not fooling anybody. Everyone knows you’re a huge Packer fan masquerading as a Pats fan. Second, the qualiy of the team is irrelevant. Third, the Bears were terrible for most of Payton’s run there.

  62. tombradysponytail says: Aug 26, 2011 2:41 PM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Aug 26, 2011 2:17 PM
    Third, the Bears were terrible for most of Payton’s run there.

    _____

    I guess mostly, but there was that one year… where they won the Super Bowl… I’m just sayin….

  63. thephantomstranger says: Aug 26, 2011 3:27 PM

    tombradysponytail says:
    Aug 26, 2011 2:41 PM
    thephantomstranger says:
    Aug 26, 2011 2:17 PM
    Third, the Bears were terrible for most of Payton’s run there.

    _____

    I guess mostly, but there was that one year… where they won the Super Bowl… I’m just sayin….
    ___________

    Right, which is why I said most of his run. I guess since you think the Vikes are terrible, you must be predicting an eventual Vikings Super Bowl victory.

  64. paulharghis says: Aug 26, 2011 7:09 PM

    ruvelligwebuike says:
    Aug 25, 2011 11:12 PM
    Maybe they could find an organization so worthless that they would give up 3 first rounders, 3 second rounders, a sixth rounder and 5 players for him?

    Just kidding. No organization could be that inept.

    ===================================
    Once upon a time, there was a team in desperate need of a QB. This team made a trade.

    The year? 1974
    The compensation? a 1st, 2nd & 3rd in 1975 +
    A 1st & 3rd in 1976
    The player THIRTY FOUR year old John Hadl.
    The team? Your beloved GB Packers.

    It’s a shame a die hard Packer fan such as yourself doesn’t know the history of his own team.
    I’m not suprised, you are just as big as blowhard know nothing as the next Packer fan.

    FIVE high picks for a 34 year old POS QB?

    Nah, no other franchise is that inept……

  65. ruvelligwebuike says: Aug 26, 2011 7:41 PM

    “Once upon a time, there was a team in desperate need of a QB. This team made a trade.

    The year? 1974
    The compensation? a 1st, 2nd & 3rd in 1975 +
    A 1st & 3rd in 1976
    The player THIRTY FOUR year old John Hadl.
    The team? Your beloved GB Packers.

    It’s a shame a die hard Packer fan such as yourself doesn’t know the history of his own team.
    I’m not suprised, you are just as big as blowhard know nothing as the next Packer fan.

    FIVE high picks for a 34 year old POS QB?

    Nah, no other franchise is that inept……”
    ———————

    Terrible move. Of course, neither one of us was even born then…isn’t that what you say about the old Packer championships?

    In any event, the wrongs of past have been righted with the Packer organization. Couple championships, stadium upgrades, financial stability and a nationwide following.

    Yep, all franchises have gotten a little egg on their face. It’s just that the Vikings have never figured out how to wipe it off.

  66. paulharghis says: Aug 26, 2011 8:02 PM

    BS I was 7 years old when that happened.

    You’d think 69-92 would teach you turds that nothing last forever.

    Nope you think its going to be all wine and roses from here on out.

    Thats why your fanbase is hated.

    When you suck, you brag about the past- when youre good- you are all up in peoples faces about it.

    If you weren’t born when this trade happened- that explains alot- You only like to bring up the past when it suits your argument. Otherwise, you younger fans like to pretend that past history began when the Packers returned to being good again- Pathetic.

  67. realdraftgm says: Aug 26, 2011 11:14 PM

    this guy is in the prime of his career you do not trade one of the best players in the league. That has to be the stupidest thing you have ever said. You must be a fan of other teams in the NFC North and are trying to mess up the Vikings. You should write another article dissing yourself about this to prove my theory is wrong. 30 teams in the league would be interested in trading for Peterson for a reason and no one sober or without alzheimers would trade him so are you not sober or do you need to go to the doctor no offense to anyone with this condition just being honest about who would trade Peterson. Joe Webb should be the Vikings future not Ponder that was their mistake. Joe Webb is a top 15 quarterback as far as players I would want running my team. Hello, Webb makes the runnng game more efective as well like Vick and yes he is about the closest thing we have seen to Vick in scrambling ability. The Vikings could of drafted Pouncy instead of Ponder. Ponder is gonna be a good player but Joe Webb has much more upside. The Vikings could of also drafted Brooks Reed the steal of the draft. If they really were gonna take a quarterback it should of been Mallett. But Pouncy improves the running game which is their bread and butter as well as Webb as the future. I get the Mcnabb thing but Webb could of got them to the playoffs. I agree with do Peterson’s contract now. Keep the 10 million for this year. Tvelve million the next three years after this year. First two years of new deal guaranteed with 10 million signing bonus. That adds up to 34 million guaranteed. That is if you want to get him on the cheap. Because in a year his contract value only goes up. After he tears up the league this year he will probably be looking at 45 million guaranteed and some team will pay it because he is worth it the days of underpaying running backs are over.

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