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Adrian Peterson on trade possibility: I want to stay, but someone would want me

File photo of Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson after a season-ending loss to the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay Reuters

Running back Adrian Peterson isn’t looking to leave the Vikings, but he doesn’t think it would be hard to find another team that wanted him if the Vikings should feel differently.

Peterson said Thursday that he feels the Vikings have “the right pieces” to build around despite their 2-7 record on the season and that he’d like to be part of that process. There have been some suggestions that the Vikings might look into trading Peterson to strip his salary from the cap while also getting draft picks that would bring in an infusion of talent. Peterson knows that’s the team’s call and isn’t sweating the possibility.

“I understand that,” Peterson said, via the Pioneer Press. “I know this is a business and things like that happen. So if it happens, it happens. There’s not much I can’t handle. I’m sure someone will welcome me with open arms if they do decide to trade me. … But it’s a business, so if they trade me, then, hey.”

There are four years left on Peterson’s deal with salaries that start at $11.75 million next year and rise every year thereafter. That would be a lot for any team to fit under their cap, especially with Peterson turning 30 before the 2015 season gets underway. That contract would also impact the potential return the Vikings would see in a deal, something that would have to be weighed heavily when considering dealing away the face of the franchise.

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64 Responses to “Adrian Peterson on trade possibility: I want to stay, but someone would want me”
  1. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 15, 2013 7:27 AM

    That’s as close as he can come to saying get me out of here.

  2. anyslacking says: Nov 15, 2013 7:28 AM

    Wonder if the colts are regretting giving up that first for Richardson. With that pick and a few more could have had this beast.

  3. ctiggs says: Nov 15, 2013 7:37 AM

    Rule number 1 in fight club.

    1. Never trade Adrian Peterson.

  4. digbudshaw says: Nov 15, 2013 7:39 AM

    They can’t let the face of the franchise go somewhere else! That would be like letting Peyton Manning leave and go to a new team…

  5. tokyosandblaster says: Nov 15, 2013 7:41 AM

    Packers are all set. They suffered through 28 yard games before, and now have the running back of the future.

    >

  6. f1restarter says: Nov 15, 2013 7:43 AM

    It’s really a shame that a player as great as Adrian Peterson is stuck on a bottom-feeding franchise like the Minnesota Vikings. Instead of honoring him by retiring his number, they should honor him by trading him to a team that has a chance to win a championship within the next 5-6 years.

    Otherwise, Peterson will be forever remembered as the Lord of the No Rings.

  7. jjb0811 says: Nov 15, 2013 7:44 AM

    Including this year, the Vikes are 51-54 w/ AP on the roster and have 2 1st place finishes and 3, including this year, 4th place finishes. $11M RB’s aren’t needed.

  8. mydoglouie says: Nov 15, 2013 7:44 AM

    Great talent, and an even greater self promoter.

    Terrible team first player.

  9. sirsupersouthern says: Nov 15, 2013 8:01 AM

    Even if they don’t trade him after this season, the writing is on the wall for Adrian at $12M per and his 30th birthday approaching. Nobody pays RBs like that any more.

    With that said, it would be in Minnesota’s best interest to trade him while he would still fetch a handful of draft picks instead of trying to get something for him in a couple years after he’s all banged up.

    With any luck Peterson gets shipped to a contender and gets a chance to go deep in the playoffs before his career is over. It’d be a shame if he went out like Barry…

  10. touchdownroddywhite says: Nov 15, 2013 8:15 AM

    Never going to happen, but man I wish the Falcons could land a back like this…

  11. 69finfan says: Nov 15, 2013 8:16 AM

    As a Dolphin fan we could sure use somebody like AP but we have nobody to block for him so that’s probably not a good idea. Carry on.

  12. jetfan74 says: Nov 15, 2013 8:31 AM

    I know a certain team in NY that will have a ton of cap room and a QB that could use a RB of his caliber in the backfield.

  13. pillowporkers says: Nov 15, 2013 8:37 AM

    Adrian Peterson is one of the most entertaining players to watch in the league. You don’t find guys with his talent at the RB position anymore. To see what he does to a defense every Sunday is special not only as a Viking fan, but as a football fan. The dude plays the game the right way, and works harder than anyone when he doesn’t even need to. That’s what makes him elite. If we trade Adrian, I just wouldn’t understand and it would be hard to forgive. The whole reason you collect draft picks is to pray that a few of them turn into guys like him. How does trading Percy, Jared Allen, and Adrian Peterson get us closer to a SB in a league that can change so fast? Get spielman out of there if this is legitimately on the table.

  14. stellarperformance says: Nov 15, 2013 8:37 AM

    He’s a talent, for sure. But being the best horse and buggy (RB) in a world requiring airplanes (QB) doesn’t exactly create a long line of suitors…..not at that price tag.

  15. tjacks7 says: Nov 15, 2013 8:40 AM

    If the Vikings trade AP, they deserve to never win a Super Bowl. I know I’m a fan, but they’re closer than a lot of people think. Add a decent QB, a couple DBs, and a competent coaching staff.. Don’t blow it up!!

    That said, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Vikings blow it up and give Ponder an extension so we can “see if he’s the guy.” Give me a break. He’s not.

  16. chalkruz1989 says: Nov 15, 2013 8:45 AM

    It’s infuriating that Adrian Peterson has stayed with the Minnesota Vikings as long as he has. However, he received a hefty payday and that’s the motivation of most of these guys which I cannot scoff at.

    It would be great to see Peterson line up for an organization that has a trusted signal caller and one that is able to utilize the best running back in the league. Instead, he’s stuck with Josh Freeman, Christian Ponder and Matt Cassell.

    He needs to put his foot down and say to Minnesota, bolster the quarterback position or send me packing.

  17. edcfx4 says: Nov 15, 2013 8:51 AM

    Come on Jerry Jones! He could be the key to what you have been looking for. Put your money where your mouth is. Stop hiring pugs and get the real deal while you can. X-Factor for Dallas being wasted in Minn.

  18. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 15, 2013 8:52 AM

    Rebuilding talks – an annual Viking tradition.

  19. packerfansarefat says: Nov 15, 2013 8:56 AM

    Seriously, between this QB situation we have endured along with having to watch this coaching staff debacle for the past few years….If we trade AP, I will literally not watch this team again….
    Rework his contract….BEST case is the vikes land a couple draft picks that MAYBE make the impact that AP does in a game….not likely.

  20. youngs79 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:10 AM

    Zero chance this happens. More speculation from an unnamed source.

  21. TheRealLogicalVoice says: Nov 15, 2013 9:12 AM

    Hey Jerry, here is your Herschel Walker version 2 moment.

  22. sterling7 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:13 AM

    As a Viking 4life since 1968 this whole issue is rediculous. This was all started by a local sports (St. Paul Dispatch) writer who doesn’t even like football. He writes about football because it gets him out of the house and away from his wife and family. His columns contain absolutely nothing about football, they’re just abrasive and sarcastic.. We in St. Paul know who it is (Tom Powers) so the idea of Adrian Peterson going anywhere……………………..you’ve got a better chance of seeing God!

  23. Jikky Jax says: Nov 15, 2013 9:18 AM

    Adrian then added, “Please, somebody, anybody, want me….”

  24. grandpoopah says: Nov 15, 2013 9:20 AM

    All due respect to the best running back in the NFL, but the Vikings would be wise to shed that salary and get potentially a huge haul of picks to aid nj rebuilding. By the time the team adds enough talent to be a contender, Peterson will be on his last legs. RB just isn’t as critical a position as it once was.

  25. thetruthcampaign says: Nov 15, 2013 9:23 AM

    “but someone would want me” is the understatement of the century.

  26. ijon76 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:25 AM

    “…while also getting draft picks which would bring an infusion of talent.”

    Yes, assuming that they draft well.

  27. conormacleod says: Nov 15, 2013 9:25 AM

    Love AP, and I believe he loves the Vikings, but…this is the same with every athlete. It’s their job. They are hired guns. And when their career is over, most of them to home and do not stay in the same state they played for.

  28. nflpoker says: Nov 15, 2013 9:25 AM

    I would hate to see him leave, but if he could to a contending team, more power to him. But like Alper said, that eats up a lot of cap room for the team who would get him. Of course, it would help Minnesota in that regard. I can’t see a trade happening unless that other team, which would be a contender, would really need a running game. Forgetting the money part of it, wouldn’t you love to have AD on your team?

    – Viking fan

  29. jeremycrowhurst says: Nov 15, 2013 9:28 AM

    Maybe the Cowboys will give up 12 picks for him….

  30. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Nov 15, 2013 9:28 AM

    Before getting any new players they need to get rid of Musgrave, as he does not know how to utilize what they do have. Here we are 10 games into the season and the idiot coaches are still wasting Patterson as barely more than just a return man. What was the point in going after him aggressively in the draft if they planned on only using him for 5-10 snaps a game?

  31. elliottcovert says: Nov 15, 2013 9:29 AM

    “Someone”=”Everyone.”

  32. whysomanylosers says: Nov 15, 2013 9:29 AM

    Maybe they Vikes can trade him to the Cowboys and get some of those Herschel Walker picks back (I think they still have some)?

  33. chris6523 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:31 AM

    It’s tough to see a scenario where a team gives up a boatload to the vikes for Peterson. With the wave of injuries we are seeing in the NFL, I think you are going to see a lot of GMs going the Ted Thompson style hoarding of draft picks route. More and more teams are going to see that a deep roster is a must and the only way to do that effectively is to constantly restock your roster with young talent.

  34. skippynj says: Nov 15, 2013 9:36 AM

    It’s a passing league. I’d give no more than a 3rd rd. pick but he makes too much money and would kill my cap so, no thanks. He also has a big mouth and opinions he should keep to himself. Other than that, he’s great!

  35. ronnielottspinky says: Nov 15, 2013 9:40 AM

    Send him to Dallas and rob them of all their draft picks. Get some retribution for that Herschel Walker trade.

  36. revischrist16 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:40 AM

    AP is too classy to come out and say he wants out. This is a subtle way of saying…I don’t want to waste my prime years on a rebuilding team.

    He’s only getting around 11 million per year? As a Jets fan with 40 million in cap room next year, I’d gladly open my arms for Peterson as long as they aren’t asking for a Walker type deal.

  37. c1md6 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:40 AM

    Wouldn’t be a bad idea, he’s our modern day Barry Sanders and it would be great to see him in a position to win. However, unlike the Cowboys when the Hershel walker deal went down, the Vikings have the toon squad from their owner all the way down to the coach, their draft picks will go to waste.

  38. antalicus says: Nov 15, 2013 9:47 AM

    I’d rather have Adrian Peterson on my team than win a Superbowl. If you are the one getting Adrian Peterson in the trade it is a win.

  39. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Nov 15, 2013 9:47 AM

    @ Ben Roethlisberger: This is how you handle trade speculation.

  40. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 15, 2013 9:51 AM

    nflpoker says:
    Nov 15, 2013 9:25 AM
    I would hate to see him leave, but if he could to a contending team, more power to him. But like Alper said, that eats up a lot of cap room for the team who would get him. Of course, it would help Minnesota in that regard. I can’t see a trade happening unless that other team, which would be a contender, would really need a running game. Forgetting the money part of it, wouldn’t you love to have AD on your team?

    – Viking fan
    ————-

    You know, I know I often give Vike fans a hard time, but I will say one thing. You are always willing to trade away your star players so that they have a chance to win a championships. I think that is very nice of you.

  41. uwsptke says: Nov 15, 2013 10:02 AM

    That contract is a huge hindrance. You can pretty much rule out any team with a good QB that is no longer on his rookie contract. The Colts would have made a ton of sense before the Richardson trade (he’s used to running in a dome and Luck isn’t breaking the bank yet). The Dolphins running game is a complete joke at this point, but there’s no guarantee that Mike Sherman would use him when he could just keep throwing the ball. The Niners already have a ton of depth at RB and an ageless wonder in Frank Gore, but if he breaks down at the end of this year and don’t want to start the Lattimore era just yet, they would make sense. They always have a surplus in picks.

  42. mdp44 says: Nov 15, 2013 10:07 AM

    Peterson reminds me of Barry sanders, stuck on a team with no chance

  43. drunkadamschefter says: Nov 15, 2013 10:35 AM

    Browns need a rb. How about one of their 1sts and a 2nd/3rd this year?

  44. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 15, 2013 11:07 AM

    If you could get two firsts and two seconds for him, I’d make the trade in a second. Nobody is going to pay that, though. It’s interesting how fast things can change in the NFL. If the Vikings get a good quarterback with their top pick next year, they’re right back in the playoffs.

  45. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 15, 2013 11:10 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Nov 15, 2013 9:51 AM

    You know, I know I often give Vike fans a hard time, but I will say one thing. You are always willing to trade away your star players so that they have a chance to win a championships. I think that is very nice of you.
    ________

    You’re absolutely right about that, but it doesn’t apply to me. I’ll trade a star if you can get a king’s ransom in return, but not to do him a favor. Adrian could have won a championship with the Vikings if he wouldn’t have fumbled the ball on the Saints 5-yard line. If you want to win a championship, play better.

  46. vikefan512 says: Nov 15, 2013 11:21 AM

    Vikings need to restructure his contract to make it cap friendly to bolster the defense. Plus with MN playing outdoor home games the next couple years, he’ll be a nice asset to have. Cold weather home games, strong defensive play, and a solid running game is what got them to those Super Bowls in the 70’s.

  47. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 15, 2013 11:26 AM

    H G H

  48. Hurley1980 says: Nov 15, 2013 11:35 AM

    Sooooo…..when will AP be signing with the Seahawks? That seems to be where all of the good Vikings players go. lol

  49. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 15, 2013 11:43 AM

    I wouldn’t want him because he’s such a horrible father.

  50. nyjetsfan08 says: Nov 15, 2013 12:17 PM

    “Peterson reminds me of Barry sanders, stuck on a team with no chance”

    ——————

    And that’s where the comparisons end.

  51. hecklrkosh says: Nov 15, 2013 12:42 PM

    NYG would take you in a heart beat.

  52. khmer379 says: Nov 15, 2013 12:57 PM

    Don’t kompare Sanders to Peterson he on a team that a decent Qb away off being a SB contender I swear people have short term memories we were in playoff last year n championship hme in 09 stop hating!

  53. wisconsinhillfolk says: Nov 15, 2013 1:01 PM

    Folks who say Detroit never had a chance while Barry was playing weren’t watching NFL football in the ’90s.

    The Lions would have and could have gone to and won a SuperBowl were it not for Scott Mitchell’s lack of leadership.

  54. coachkilla6 says: Nov 15, 2013 1:10 PM

    I don’t think teams would balk at his 11M salary. But if he wanted to relocate all his illegitimate kids, that would be a show stopper. Owners simply don’t have that kind of money.

  55. purplehaze28 says: Nov 15, 2013 2:31 PM

    The Lions would have and could have gone to and won a SuperBowl were it not for… …some guy named FAVRE…

  56. mmoris89 says: Nov 15, 2013 2:35 PM

    Did they not just trade there second best playmaker last year for draft picks?? And they had what 3 first round draft picks? Hows that doing Minnesota…. Ya Patterson is raw talent but they dont know how to use him. So lets now trade our best player reigning MVP and best RB since Barry… But hey we got Ponder hes the future ahaha this is a joke.. If they trade AP, my days are over as a Vikings fan, enough is enough.

  57. jhbart001 says: Nov 15, 2013 5:22 PM

    Its hard to say what to do with Peterson. He will never have more value then he does rite now, however he is a player who is loved by his team and community. The Vikings are clearly not contenders this year but that’s not to say the wont be next season. With the rite coach and new quarterback who knows. The chiefs are doing it this year. I say keep him unless the offers are absurd.

  58. seaeagle707 says: Nov 15, 2013 6:07 PM

    Wow!! AP and Beast Mode, both running for the Hawks!! Now THAT, would be worth two or three hundred a seat. Plus we’d have Harvin, to fill in while they rested!! Oh, but there’s a downside too, isn’t there. DangeRuss might get rusty on throwing those picture perfect rainbows fifty yards down the field, what with all of the handoffs he’d be making. Yeah, and we’d hafta get Turbo some playing time too! No sense not letting him develop into the next superstar RB.

    Oooooh, the problems,……the problems.

  59. ejmat2 says: Nov 15, 2013 7:01 PM

    69finfan says:
    Nov 15, 2013 8:16 AM
    As a Dolphin fan we could sure use somebody like AP but we have nobody to block for him so that’s probably not a good idea. Carry on.
    ————————————-
    As a Viking fan I can honestly say he doesn’t have anyone to block for him now. He’d probably do pretty darn well with the Dolphins since most of his yards come on his own anyway. At least they have a QB that can throw the ball accurately past 10 yards.

  60. shenanigan1 says: Nov 15, 2013 10:16 PM

    Adrian grew up outside of Dallas, he needs to retire with the Cowboys, it’s only right. Cowboys and Vikings have traded superstar running backs before. Here’s what the two teams should do: The Cowboys receive Adrian Peterson, Minnesota’s 3rd round pick in 2014, 5th round pick in 2014, 10th round pick in 2014, and their 3rd round pick in 2015. The Vikings would receive 4 marginal defensive players and a washed up running back, the Cowboy’s 1st round pick, 2nd round pick, and 6th round pick in 2014, and the Cowboy’s 1st and 2nd round picks in 2015, and the Cowboys 2nd and 3rd round picks in 2015, and the Cowboys 1st round pick in 2016. This is what they did in the Herschel Walker trade and both teams were satisfied.

  61. drush127 says: Nov 15, 2013 11:50 PM

    Giants will gladly take him…..

  62. truthserum4u says: Nov 16, 2013 3:29 AM

    First of all, Peterson did not bring this up on his own. A reporter asked him about being traded in light of all the Big Ben speculation.

    Second, he responded that he wanted to play his entire career with the Vikings, but he understands it’s a business and out of his control. He’s not looking to get out.

    Third, this may indeed be a passing league, but big plays are big plays regardless thru the air or on the ground. The typical very good player has 11 splash plays a year (plays of 20 yards or more). Barry Sanders typically had 17-18 splash plays a year. In 2013, Adrian Peterson had 33 splash plays! The man is a dangerous weapon that makes a competent QB & OC better.

    The Vikings are far better off, and would receive a larger haul, by trading back in the draft a time or two and further stock their roster with young talent.

  63. davcanschne says: Nov 16, 2013 2:56 PM

    A.P. Is a machine, he is at the top of the elite list. Are there any NFL players that has been through what he’s been through, surgeries, which would be the end of most players careers, life tragedies, seeing his brother (BESTFRIEND ) getting ran over and killed right in front of his eyes at a young age? Father in prison most of his life, his son beat to death? I don’t think so. He is a role model. Through hard work, working out 8 hrs a day, coming back and being better than ever? Classy in every way. I can’t believe every team in the NFL would not fight and scratch to get him. Age doesn’t matter when it comes to him, he can endure anything.

  64. favreflavoredwaffles says: Nov 18, 2013 1:35 PM

    seaeagle707 says: Nov 15, 2013 6:07 PM

    Wow!! AP and Beast Mode, both running for the Hawks!! Now THAT, would be worth two or three hundred a seat. Plus we’d have Harvin, to fill in while they rested!! Oh, but there’s a downside too, isn’t there. DangeRuss might get rusty on throwing those picture perfect rainbows fifty yards down the field, what with all of the handoffs he’d be making. Yeah, and we’d hafta get Turbo some playing time too! No sense not letting him develop into the next superstar RB.

    Oooooh, the problems,……the problems.
    _________________________________

    Careful there sea chicken.

    Unless you’re fairly new to this site, you should know that talk like this has continually resulted in some serious karma on the backside when playoffs start.

    Add to the fact that your team is playing about the most candy corn schedule in recent years…something tells me that you’ll be tapping the neighborhood Starbucks for some caffeine induced pep in your step when the birds get bounced in their first playoff game.

    Pete Carroll is easily dumb enough to pull what you saw out of Jim Schwartz yesterday.

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