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.