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If Vikings hadn’t done deal with Peterson, he was done with Vikings

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So why did the Vikings give $36 million guaranteed to a guy who wasn’t clamoring for a new deal?

I supplied the answer during the info segment with Peter King of Sports Illustrated during the 2011 debut of Football Night in America, and I’ll say it (or at least type it) again.

If the Vikings hadn’t done a long-term deal with Peterson, we’re told that Peterson would have been done with the Vikings.

Yeah, they could have used the franchise tag on him at $12.84 million in 2012.  But Peterson could have held out until the eve of the regular season, showing up unprepared — and possibly out of shape — and still made all that money.  And even though Peterson had taken the high road, there’s a chance it could have gotten ugly, and that it would have stayed ugly until the Vikings traded him.

So where might Peterson have been traded?  Given that he’s from Texas, a reverse-Herschel may have been the end result.  Still, even though the Vikings would have gotten far less than what former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson called a “great train robbery” earlier today on the FOX pregame show.

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37 Responses to “If Vikings hadn’t done deal with Peterson, he was done with Vikings”
  1. tjacks7 says: Sep 11, 2011 7:33 PM

    Great insight. Not.

  2. yourwhathurts says: Sep 11, 2011 7:35 PM

    Mike,
    Where is your info on this? A.P. had been saying that he wanted to retire a Viking! If you have been hearing something else shouldn’t you be telling us.

  3. trbowman says: Sep 11, 2011 7:37 PM

    This buffoon probably still thinks he’s enslaved.

  4. sikoix says: Sep 11, 2011 7:38 PM

    Do you have a source or reason to believe this or is it pure speculation? I’d be curious to hear more if there’s any meat to this. And less if this came from your imagination.

  5. scudbot says: Sep 11, 2011 7:40 PM

    Never playing for a team besides the Vikes? Priceless.

  6. j972 says: Sep 11, 2011 7:41 PM

    The guy never comes up big when its needed. They over paid him.

  7. billmead1976 says: Sep 11, 2011 7:42 PM

    He’s worth all that and a bag ‘o chips.

  8. drstrangelust says: Sep 11, 2011 7:43 PM

    Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda….The man got paid…Straight Cash, Homie

  9. beerbratscheese says: Sep 11, 2011 7:46 PM

    After today, he may just regret re-upping with the Vikings. I don’t see them challenging for a playoff spot for at least 4-5 years.

  10. vikesfansteve says: Sep 11, 2011 7:48 PM

    Did you just make all that up?

  11. teal379 says: Sep 11, 2011 7:49 PM

    When your QB throws for a MONSTER 38 yards AND played the whole game – AP is probably going to ask for a trade, round about 7am tomorrow….

  12. c1d7 says: Sep 11, 2011 7:49 PM

    wow what was the point of this article?

  13. bender4700 says: Sep 11, 2011 7:55 PM

    I love “news” articles about what could have been.

    Favre could have been named best QB ever after he possibly made a big play to beat the Saints and take the Vikings to the Super Bowl then beating Peyton Manning.

    Peterson did everything right. He said nothing, kept his nose in the game, and the deal came to him. Chris Johnson should have listened. DeSean Jackson is doing the same thing AP did. People need to realize, you catch more bees with honey. That phrase is real, if you are a jerk, you’ll get treated like one.

    The Vikings and Peterson all knew they needed to stay together. Big time RBs moving to a new team mid career isn’t always a great thing for the player. He is getting paid, again, and will go down as the best Viking ever easily. Proud of him. Always liked him.

  14. suckittrebek76 says: Sep 11, 2011 7:57 PM

    Wow, this is an old school PFT post. All speculation with no facts to back up the far-fetched point.

  15. mimitaroo says: Sep 11, 2011 7:57 PM

    Who is the captain obvious who thought of this title?

  16. deconjonesbitchslap says: Sep 11, 2011 8:06 PM

    vikings should have traded him because they rely too heavily on him. look at the packers. they don’t rely on one single guy, and look what they get: a superbowl. the vikings get some flashy runs and a guy wearing spandex showing off his muscles so the announcers can continue to stroke themselves to him. if i’m the front office, i’ll take the superbowl over a running back with a flashy highlight reel.

    the packers are doing everything right. the vikings are doing everything wrong. they are going to go 0-16, and they can’t draft andrew luck because they took that ponder kid in a panic. great move, again.

  17. terrellblowens says: Sep 11, 2011 8:06 PM

    There is no source to support your claim so I have to assume it’s just your speculation

  18. mediasloppy says: Sep 11, 2011 8:08 PM

    This is so ridiculous. No sources at all to back up this hypothesis. Sloppy, very very sloppy.

  19. christinamer says: Sep 11, 2011 8:10 PM

    Huh?

  20. neer music says: Sep 11, 2011 8:13 PM

    so he wanted out if he wasn’t going to be locked up for the rest of his playing career. gotcha.

  21. herlies says: Sep 11, 2011 8:17 PM

    The highest paid RB in history put up a whopping 98 yards (most of which came on 1 carry) and no TDs in a loss.

    He was also invisible out of the backfield but did protect very well for a QB who completed 7 passes.

    But at least he produced something, unlike CJ who tallied less than 25 yards and no TDs.

    Hard to get what you pay for when you are paying a modern-era elite NFL back.

  22. Little Earthquake says: Sep 11, 2011 8:37 PM

    And if Minnesota doesn’t get a stadium deal done…

  23. fwippel says: Sep 11, 2011 8:59 PM

    Great Train Robbery? That Herschel Walker deal was manufactured by Mike Lynn so that he wouldn’t have to pay out the big bucks for high draft picks over the next three seasons. Lynn was a tightwad, and this deal gave him an easy out.

    The Viking front office back in 1991 wasn’t stupid, they were cheapskates.

  24. borisbulldog says: Sep 11, 2011 9:05 PM

    yourwhathurts says:Sep 11, 2011 7:35 PM

    Mike,
    Where is your info on this? A.P. had been saying that he wanted to retire a Viking! If you have been hearing something else shouldn’t you be telling us.

    __________________________________

    I think you misunderstood, AD didsn’t say he wanted to retire a Viking.

    He said the Vikings are retarded!

  25. scomibord says: Sep 11, 2011 9:30 PM

    H will finish his career in LA

  26. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 11, 2011 9:50 PM

    I bet he wishes he could take it back now….

  27. minnysoda says: Sep 11, 2011 9:56 PM

    Gotta have a big name draw when you move to L.A. Does anyone know if the Vikings have anymore 50% off tickets?

  28. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 11, 2011 11:11 PM

    Here are AD’s yards on each of his rushing plays today:

    14, 3, -2, 4, 2, 1, 2, 5, 3, 46, 3, 4, 5, 7, 5, 2

    Anybody see a pattern? Very good to brilliant on 1 or 2 plays. Chester Taylor-like on the rest.

  29. bzeller says: Sep 11, 2011 11:17 PM

    Wow…. What do you know…. How surprising to see all the stupid packer fans making comments. They seem a little worried about our no expectation Vikings and the season is only one game in ! Maybe the expectation is too much for them to take…… What do you think my fellow loyal Viking fans ?

  30. bhester1906 says: Sep 11, 2011 11:28 PM

    Shanahan not looking to crazy now us he?

  31. minnysoda says: Sep 12, 2011 12:59 AM

    bzeller says:
    Sep 11, 2011 11:17 PM
    Wow…. What do you know…. How surprising to see all the stupid packer fans making comments. They seem a little worried about our no expectation Vikings and the season is only one game in ! Maybe the expectation is too much for them to take…… What do you think my fellow loyal Viking fans ?

    What are you so boring you copy and paste this in Viking threads. This is why I hope the Vikings move to LA and you move with them. Your move will immediately increase anyone, who roots for any MN team, IQ by 10 pts.
    Then at least there won’t be so many drooling idiots to contend with in the twin cities.

  32. juvegol says: Sep 12, 2011 1:51 AM

    All u morons questioning the validity to this story are delusional to think that any star athlete would wanna live in Minnesota. That’s almost as dumb as tiger woods with all his money having to drive a Buick cuz he’s sponsored by them. No wonder they overpaid for him

  33. truthserum4u says: Sep 12, 2011 5:44 AM

    beerbratscheese says:
    Sep 11, 2011 7:46 PM

    After today, he may just regret re-upping with the Vikings. I don’t see them challenging for a playoff spot for at least 4-5 years.

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

    In a league where team’s fortunes often turn in a couple of seasons, you somehow can see a half decade into the future. Another freakin’ genius!

  34. truthserum4u says: Sep 12, 2011 5:46 AM

    borisbulldog says:
    Sep 11, 2011 9:05 PM

    I think you misunderstood, AD didsn’t say he wanted to retire a Viking.

    He said the Vikings are retarded!

    ——————————-

    Speaking of which; how was your day?

  35. truthserum4u says: Sep 12, 2011 6:00 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 11, 2011 11:11 PM

    Here are AD’s yards on each of his rushing plays today:

    14, 3, -2, 4, 2, 1, 2, 5, 3, 46, 3, 4, 5, 7, 5, 2

    Anybody see a pattern? Very good to brilliant on 1 or 2 plays. Chester Taylor-like on the rest.

    ————————————

    Actually it’s much more Barry Sanders like.

    Besides, half of his carries where for as much or more yardage than half the teams in the league averaged last year (4.0+). That would include the Packers (3.8 yrds per attempt) despite having a great passing attack to take men out of the box. You can’t have only double digit runs in a game and average 5+ yrds per carry.

  36. bzeller says: Sep 12, 2011 4:25 PM

    Minnysoda – who’s the idiot here….. Move to Wisconsin with all the other band wagon pucker fans….. Get real dude

  37. ejmat2 says: Sep 13, 2011 2:40 PM

    deconjonesbitchslap says:
    Sep 11, 2011 8:06 PM
    vikings should have traded him because they rely too heavily on him. look at the packers. they don’t rely on one single guy, and look what they get: a superbowl. the vikings get some flashy runs and a guy wearing spandex showing off his muscles so the announcers can continue to stroke themselves to him. if i’m the front office, i’ll take the superbowl over a running back with a flashy highlight reel.

    the packers are doing everything right. the vikings are doing everything wrong. they are going to go 0-16, and they can’t draft andrew luck because they took that ponder kid in a panic. great move, again.
    ————————————-
    Really? They don’t rely on any one person? How good would they be without Aaron Rodgers? By the way, I will guarantee you they don’t go 0-16 or even have a chance for Andrew Luck. 2 years from now when Ponder is kicking the Packer’s behinds you’ll retract the statement. How do I know? I don’t. just like you don’t know if they will be playoff contenders for 4-5 years.

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