Spielman slams door on possible Peterson trade

AP

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson recently has mused about finishing his career in Texas.  He also has said he’s been a keeping a close eye on the team’s search for a new coach and offensive coordinator.

It has prompted some (i.e., us) to wonder whether Peterson eventually will ask to be traded if/when the team continues to struggle to develop a passing game.  So what happens if/when Peterson asks G.M. Rick Spielman to trade him?

“Adrian’s not going anywhere,” Spielman said in an interview that aired partially on Thursday’s Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and in its entirety on Friday’s PFT Live.  “He have him under contract, he is the face of our franchise, he is a blue-chip player, and we have a new coaching staff coming into place, and you know, [we’re] very excited about what’s coming ahead for us.”

What’s coming ahead under Peterson’s contract is a cap number of $14.4 million in 2014, $15.4 million in 2015, $15 million in 2016, and $16 million in 2017.

What’s also coming ahead is rehab from his third surgery in three offseasons.  Given the injuries and procedures, Spielman was asked whether he’s concerned about Peterson’s ability to play at a high level over the long term.

“I never have any doubts in Adrian, and this was a minor procedure, and it was bothering him some, but it was something that he’ll fully recover from and you never count Adrian out, because he always has a chip on his shoulder, he always wants to prove that he’s the best in the business and I have no doubt that he’ll do that this offseason as well.”

It’s difficult — and dangerous — to doubt Peterson.  But he turns 29 on March 21, which makes him hardly a spring chicken as running backs go.  With high cap numbers, an inevitable decline looming, and a burning desire to compete for a championship, it could still be a matter of time before Peterson makes it clear that he wants to move on.

If that happens, the question then will become whether the Vikings declare that they have “no intent” to trade Peterson.  Just like they had “no intent” to trade Percy Harvin a year ago.

89 responses to “Spielman slams door on possible Peterson trade

  1. The Purple Gang have got enough problems to solve (coaching staff, quarterback, player issues, the Kluwe mess), before they’ll get back to a competitive level. One also has to wonder if a 30-year old running back with an injury history is going to fare as well playing in an outdoor stadium for two seasons? Personally, I hope they can overcome their current deficiencies and give the Pack some real competition for regional domination.

  2. Speilman Picks :Rhodes, Patterson, Shariff
    Thompson Picks: Baluga, Perry, Jones, Sherrod

    Who is the Millen 2.0?

  3. “We have no intent to trade Percy Harvin?”

    is a lot different than

    “Adrian’s not going anywhere.” “We have him under contract, he is the face of our franchise, he is a blue-chip player, and we have a new coaching staff coming into place, and you know, [we’re] very excited about what’s coming ahead for us.”

    Nice try Florio….you wasted your time even putting this article together

  4. I don’t know what you expect. “No Intent” doesn’t mean “never”. Are you seriously suggesting that people live by only what they promise to the media? No intent is a term they tell the press because they don’t want to get skewered if they exercise their right to change their mind – and you guys skewer them anyway

  5. What else is he going to say? Anything that remotely resembles a “maybe” probably drops Peterson’s value.

    The first step to trading someone is to make them appear very valuable to everyone else. Only when you’re trying to keep a player do you convince them they’re not worth that much. 🙂

  6. of course. the Vikings aren’t going to trade their worn down superstar running back for draft picks to build for the future.

    they only trade away their future FOR a worn down super star running back.

    and i’d bet Peterson has another good season in him, but I wouldn’t bet on much more.

  7. Maybe if Peterson and Percy wouldn’t have fumbled in the 09 NFC ship then people wouldn’t have to worry about AP “wasting away” making double digit millions per year.

    Cry me a river.

  8. Peterson likely peaked last year, if they don’t trade him.. they will have to cut him. No running back is worth 15 a year, especially one on the downside of his career.

  9. Trade him n get what in return? A bunch of ??? No thanks and if he did get trade it and didn’t win a SB with that team and then what? I believe the Vikings can turn it around with wise free agent n drafting

  10. Super Bowl titles:

    Ted Thompson – 1
    Rick Spielman – 0

    Ted Thompson drafts Aaron Rodgers with the 24th pick in the 1st round.

    Rick Spielman drafts Christian Ponder with the 12th pick in the 1st round.

    Nuff said.

  11. Trade him if someone wants to make a fair offer. There isn’t a RB in the league worth 10+ mil. AP is great but with the excessive mileage he’s going to start declining with age and injuries mounting.

  12. When a team announces that it has intentions to trade someone, it diminishes the value of the trade. Why would Spielman announce publicly that he has intentions of trading Peterson even if he in fact did?

  13. I can only hope this isn’t true. I think it would be short-sighted to at least consider it. I know Peterson still had a good year, but without a strong O-linem it seemed we saw several more games of him getting stuffed time after time. Granted, and a vanilla Musgrave gameplan, run by a third-string quarterback in Ponder didn’t help.

    Did anyone notice how the Vikings played without him? It seemed, dare I say, less predictable (jaw hangs open). And most importantly — we won. That was helped by better QB play in Cassel, and good replacement RBs.

    I dunno.. I’d say trade him if you can get something good. Am I right?

  14. The thing with Peterson is that nobody would ever make an offer good enough that the Vikings would accept because there are so many good rbs in the league. If the Vikings can find a solid qb then this team can go places. If not, they still could do well if Peterson carries them.

  15. If you can get even 2 first round picks for him you make that trade all day every day…….By the time MN is ready to compete for the division AP will be either retired or just a role player. MN needs to build a young nucleus through draft picks

  16. AP will not be traded any time soon. If the Vikes can get a good QB in place, AP becomes even more valuable. He is also still in great shape and could have a few good years left. Vikes will trade up for Johnny and will be in the mix again very soon!

  17. allforfunnplay says:
    Jan 24, 2014 5:29 PM
    of course. the Vikings aren’t going to trade their worn down superstar running back for draft picks to build for the future.

    they only trade away their future FOR a worn down super star running back.

    and i’d bet Peterson has another good season in him, but I wouldn’t bet on much more.

    riiiiiiight 3rd fastest to 10k yards. is a beast running over people .missed i think 5 games out of 112, yep sounds like a real disaster in the making. i bet you can squat 550 lbs like he did at the combine, right mr. dorito chip?

  18. Nobody would trade for AD, anyways. He’s had an amazing career, but his cap numbers are like those of a top QB. And he might be hitting that late 20s wall that Tomlinson suddenly hit in 2008 where he just wasn’t the same guy anymore. The top RBs in the game tend to suddenly fall of a cliff at some point, and it could be soon with Peterson (but I hope not for his sake). With cap numbers like that, he will be released without a second thought if he doesn’t have Pro Bowl caliber production. Baseball players are sometimes paid for past production (ahem, Pujols), but in football, the contracts are usually based on future production. That’s what leads to the painful situations that end up with the face of the franchise being told to take a hike.

  19. Yeah… Even by comparing last year’s draft, Thompson is the clear winner.

    Two non-first rounders that made a huge positive influence on the team, one of whom will be rookie of the year (yes, Lacy is better than Patterson), vs trading for three first round picks, two of whom are busts and one is no more than a Kick returner.

    But comparing this years first rounders to past drafts?

    That makes it crystal clear that Spielman is the worst GM in te NFC north by far.

  20. I would be fine with trading Peterson if you could get something of value for him, but nobody is going to trade enough to make it worthwhile. On the other hand, Rick Spielman is widely known for fleecing other teams in trades (Cleveland, Seattle, New England), so if anyone could pull it off, it would be him.

  21. Well to be honest with you, he is going to be 29 years old soon and he is getting to the point in his career where he is going to start wearing down.

    Plus if they draft a QB, it will take that QB a good two years to get settled in and by that time he is going to be 31 years old.

    Wouldn’t it make sense to trade him now where he is still productive and has value?

  22. “I never have any doubts in Adrian, ”

    That is really short sided, Mr GM. You need to always have doubts about every player. Peterson will most likely prove them wrong this year – but then you have the same doubts the following year. And so on.

    And to the person who rightfully pointed out Ted Thompson flops – remember..

    Rodgers
    Nelson
    Cobb
    Matthews
    Shields
    Williams
    Finley
    Jones
    LACY

    All but Rodgers and Matthews were NOT 1st rounders yet started and are significant players on the NFC North Champs (how many times straight??)

    I know. Facts are infuriating.

  23. You have a RB who is about to turn 29 and who has had 3 surgeries in the past 3 years, If I was Speilman if I get a good offer Peterson is as good as gone. They have to be draft picks( no players)

    (2) #1 picks would do it

  24. Slightly off topic, but you Vikings fans are going to love Mike Zimmer. He’s a fantastic coach who is tough on his players, but the players love him and want to play hard for him. You have a good amount of talent on that team. Just need to find that QB.

    – a Bengals fan

  25. “Leslie Frazier is not going anywhere,” Spielman said. “I am telling you that we are very committed to Leslie Frazier and this coaching staff. And we’re committed to our players, and everybody is working extremely hard to get this thing turned around.”

  26. I have called Adrian Peterson “Football Greatness” for years, and he will always be that. But as much as I hate to say it, I wouldn’t be disappointed if we moved on without him. It’s just a different league these days. You cannot build a team around a running back, or just one guy. It’s a team effort. And his latest comments about him “keeping an eye” on all the coaching changes, well that just bothered me. He doesn’t run the team. And for all the talk of getting him a Superbowl ring, he might have had one had he not fumbled the game away.

    Hopefully our new coaching regime will make him realize, he’s playing for the Minnesota Vikings, and not for himself.

    Skol.

  27. And to the person who rightfully pointed out Ted Thompson flops – remember..

    Rodgers
    Nelson
    Cobb
    Matthews
    Shields
    Williams
    Finley
    Jones
    LACY

    ****************************************
    and how about them misses then lets do only the top 3 rounds for packers draft picks under thompson

    2005
    2nd rd terrence murphy

    2006
    2nd rd- daryn colledge
    3rd rd ABdul Hodge
    3rd rd Jason Spitz

    2007
    1st rd-Justin HArrell
    2nd-Brandon Jackson
    3rd- Aaron Rouse

    2008
    2nd rd- Brian Brohm
    2nd rd Pat lee

    2010
    1st round Bryan Bulaga

    2011
    1st rd-Derek Sherrod
    3rd Alex Green

    2012
    2nd round-Jerel Worthy—(maybe) only 2 sacks in first two years

    2013 has already been talked about

    2006 2007 and 2008 packers draft rival the likes of the Lions and matt Millen
    then again Knowledge kills packer trolls

  28. seaeagle707 says:
    Jan 24, 2014 5:21 PM
    The Purple Gang have got enough problems to solve (coaching staff, quarterback, player issues, the Kluwe mess), before they’ll get back to a competitive level. One also has to wonder if a 30-year old running back with an injury history is going to fare as well playing in an outdoor stadium for two seasons? Personally, I hope they can overcome their current deficiencies and give the Pack some real competition for regional domination.
    ———————————–
    Just hired new coaches, can find QB in offseason, what player issues? Kluwe isn’t a member of the team so there is no mess. Peterson is 29 currently, and injuries give him hulk strength. Lots of teams play in outdoor stadiums.

  29. I know Petersen is one of the best when healthy, but they have got to be out of their minds to pay him $14.4 Mil in 2014. And completely bonkers assuming they pay him $15.4 Mil the following year. Both those figures are roughly 10% of their salary cap. All that for just one player who has surgeries every year and who is going to be 29 is a couple months? No way Jose. The money can be spent more wisely than that.

  30. Adrian Peterson has a grand total of one career playoff victory. And now he can’t even finish the season in 2 of the past 3 years.

    Spielman isn’t getting anything for Peterson, because he’s not worth that much.

  31. Greenway, AD, Harrison Smith, Jared Allen, Matt Khalil, Percy Harvin, Cordarrelle Patterson, Xavier Rhodes, Shariff Floyd. Not a terrible first round history, Ponder is the only failure in the bunch.

  32. Spielman knows he would be thrown to the Minnesota dogs if he traded the franchise away, Stupid he ain.t His last three drafts he stole away from everyone else.

  33. Romo and Murray for Peterson and swapping first round picks plus Cowboys get MN 5th round pick.

    Cowboys take Manziel in the draft. Upgrades each team instantly.

  34. therealraider says:
    Jan 24, 2014 5:32 PM

    Peterson likely peaked last year, if they don’t trade him.. they will have to cut him. No running back is worth 15 a year, especially one on the downside of his career.
    _____________________________
    Peterson did not peak last year. He has plenty in the tank. He’s like fine wine, only will get better with age. Walter Payton didn’t get to the Superbowl until his 10th year in the league and he was still a threat then.

  35. I wouldnt think they would trade away the face of the franchise. That would be like the Jack-Pack trading Rogers, or the Pats trading Brady.

  36. I would cut him…but that’s me… This GM falls in love with a has been runner 8 years in the league. Trade him for a draft pick in the second round or something if you can get it and get a QB -..In fact, draft 3 qb’s and sort this position out once and for all.

  37. deflateddome says:
    Jan 24, 2014 5:22 PM

    Speilman Picks :Rhodes, Patterson, Shariff
    Thompson Picks: Baluga, Perry, Jones, Sherrod

    Who is the Millen 2.0?
    ________

    Super Bowls as GM

    Thompson-1 Win

    Millen & Spielman- Zero Appearances.

  38. sdsmooth says:
    Jan 24, 2014 5:37 PM
    Super Bowl titles:

    Ted Thompson – 1
    Rick Spielman – 0

    Ted Thompson drafts Aaron Rodgers with the 24th pick in the 1st round.

    Rick Spielman drafts Christian Ponder with the 12th pick in the 1st round.

    Nuff said.
    ——-
    Your example makes it look like they were drafted in the same year which makes your argument a sad attempt. I can play that game, here goes –

    2007 draft – 1st round – Vikings draft Adrian Peterson
    2007 draft – 1st round – Packers draft Justin Harrel….wow…..sad.

  39. Come on now! All this speculation over the fact that AP was ASKED in an interview if he had ever dreamed about playing in his home state! What athlete hasn’t dreamt about playing in their home state?!?.. The guy was the one player, along with ownership and governor, at the groundbreaking ceremony who was shoveling the first scoop of dirt!

    As a Vikes fan I want to see them compete if not solely for Adrian’s sake, but this “story” is preposterous.

  40. It’s going to be great watching Peterson playing the next two (at a minimum) seasons outdoors. He’s shown that he doesn’t like to get hit in the cold and will just run out of bounds rather than take a ‘shot’ from the Packers weak hitting corners. There will be a lot of ‘injuries’ and missed games in November and December for him. Fortunately the Vikings won’t ever be playing in January.

  41. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 24, 2014 6:07 PM

    Two non-first rounders that made a huge positive influence on the team, one of whom will be rookie of the year (yes, Lacy is better than Patterson), vs trading for three first round picks, two of whom are busts and one is no more than a Kick returner.

    ————————————————————

    Anybody that calls any player in the league a bust after just their rookie seasons, knows absolutely nothing about sports.

  42. Ted Thompson has made the division in over half the season he has been in Green Bay. If that’s not a GM that knows what he is doing I don’t know what is.

    You guys can slap all the lists together you want…Murphy @ WR ended his career before his first NFL game saw half time. I would bet anything he would be above average. That’s one position Ted rarely misses on.

    Worthy was injured all season from a bad leg injury the year before.

    I guess though when the only thing great to say about the Vikings is Adrian Peterson and all the things he’s accomplished in the regular season.

    Its gets easy to sit there and look at names, instead of results.

    PS An evnvelope in the locker room with money in it had nothing to do with the outcome of the NFC title game. That was Favre… CLASSIC Favre… that’s what you wanted, that’s what you got.

  43. Actually, I think Spielman should call Jerry Jones and try to pull a reverse Herschel Walker. It might save his job, because he’s absolutely getting fired within the next two years if he swings and misses at QB again.

  44. That is a boat load of money to being paying a RB that, if history is any indication, wouldn’t be on the field for most of the games.

    Didn’t the Vikings pay Jared Allen $15 million o for a handful of sacks? Didn’t they pay Craig Jennings over $10 million for not that many catches? Didn’t they pay Freeman over $3 to not even be a 2nd string QB? That’s a lot of money to be wasting for a last place team that wants to get out of the basement.

  45. I know: They can trade Adrian Peterson to the Cowboys for 6 first and second round draft picks and a handful of players, and we could title the trade “Herschel Walker’s Revenge.”

  46. It’s hard to call matthews and cobb successful picks when they never play the game.. Matthews was neutralized in every game he played this year anyway. Same goes for Finley who will give himself whiplash celebrating his first downs (the few he gets) if he keeps up his antics.

    I understand needing to put others down like AP to make yourselves feel better. After all, you ended on a very sour note. First, needing corporate sponsors to buy tickets, thus removing your uber dedicated fan label. Second, you got smoked at home by the 9ers again!. Look on the brite side, at least it isn’t as cold there as it is here in MN

  47. This is too easy. Plain and simple. Adrian Peterson is the BEST running back in the game, possibly the best ever. A groin injury, and minor surgery to repair it ain’t crap for such a unique specimen of athleticism. All Day isn’t just a lousy nickname, it’s #28’s mantra. He’ll be carrying 2 or 3 would-be tacklers on his back for an extra 5 yards for several more years. The man is 29. Big friggin’ deal. Some of you people act like he’s already growing a Brett Favre-like gray beard! You forget, yeah, he’s 29…but a 29 year old Adrian Peterson is as good as ANY OTHER 24, 25, 26 year old running back you can come up with that can play at the level #28 plays. He’ll be stiff arming and running through linebackers for a while yet to come. Bet on it. And if ANYONE WITH THE AUTHORITY TO DO IT, DECIDES THEY SHOULD CONSIDER TRADING HIM AWAY, THEN SOMEONE UP THERE NEEDS TO START SLAPPING SOME SENSE BACK INTO THEIR HEADS!! Trading AP away is just insanity. BUT,God forbid, I’ve bled purple for over 40 years, and it really does sound like some of the EXACT SAME STUPIDITY THAT MINNESOTA IS INFAMOUS FOR!! SKOL ANYWAY!!

  48. Speilman & the Vikings drafted 3 first rd picks last year & they finished last in our div. plus they have a top 10 pick. Vikings should expect to not make the playoffs for at least the next 10 years. Packers rule our div. Peterson will want too much $$$$$$$$ so even if he wanted to be traded no team would pay that much money for an “old” RB.

  49. Yeah, and without Favre, the Vikings don’t make it to the NFC Championship, I know Packer fans love to dump on everyone who leaves their precious Green Bay.

    Favre wasn’t the only one who cost the Viking that day — 5 turnovers, 2 by AP.

    The dumbest comment here is that Vikings never gave AP a chance.

  50. dcviking says:
    Jan 25, 2014 6:48 AM

    Yeah, and without Favre, the Vikings don’t make it to the NFC Championship, I know Packer fans love to dump on everyone who leaves their precious Green Bay.
    _____

    And if Favre cared enough he would have put in the whole training camp…

    They wouldn’t have made the NFC championship game without Favre… but Favre wouldn’t had et them back 5 years with their all in move.

    Maybe they would have been able to win more than 40 games the last 4 seasons.

  51. shaggytoodle says: Jan 25, 2014 5:11 PM

    dcviking says:
    Jan 25, 2014 6:48 AM

    Yeah, and without Favre, the Vikings don’t make it to the NFC Championship, I know Packer fans love to dump on everyone who leaves their precious Green Bay.
    _____

    And if Favre cared enough he would have put in the whole training camp…

    They wouldn’t have made the NFC championship game without Favre… but Favre wouldn’t had et them back 5 years with their all in move.

    Maybe they would have been able to win more than 40 games the last 4 seasons.

    —————————————————-

    Right because if Favre was at training camp that year, he wouldn’t have made that terrible throw.

    And it’s not his fault that the Vikings haven’t been able to develop a quarterback…that lies on the coaches and GM. They’ve had several chances and failed.

  52. Right because if Favre was at training camp that year, he wouldn’t have made that terrible throw.
    _____

    Yes, because don’t throw it across your body across the field is something covered the first day…

    He apparently missed that lesson.

    It is however the VIKINGS fault that they went all in, on a guy that had all ready quit playing football once. They then compounded that mistake by reaching for Ponder.

    The blew APs career for one season instead of trying to build a contender for more that.

    Now he plays for a team that lost 40 games the last 4 years. On their 3rd coach.

  53. @thereadlraider

    Hey phobias can happen to any and everyone…I know family that suffers from Lachanophobia.

    Its pretty quirky, but some people can’t help it.

  54. shaggytoodle says: Jan 25, 2014 5:47 PM

    Right because if Favre was at training camp that year, he wouldn’t have made that terrible throw.
    _____

    Yes, because don’t throw it across your body across the field is something covered the first day…

    He apparently missed that lesson.

    It is however the VIKINGS fault that they went all in, on a guy that had all ready quit playing football once. They then compounded that mistake by reaching for Ponder.

    The blew APs career for one season instead of trying to build a contender for more that.

    Now he plays for a team that lost 40 games the last 4 years. On their 3rd coach.

    ——————————-

    Right and his performance over the course of that year indicates that he really needed training camp, and plus he probably never heard that little goodie about throwing across your body before. Like in the previous 20 years. Doggone it, if only Brett would have gone to training camp that year!

    It is absolutely is the Vikings fault that didn’t develop another QB and reached for Ponder.

    AP did have a chance and had as much to do with the failure of the Vikings to advance as anyone….maybe he should have more chances, but you could say that about many players….Dan Marino, etc. I understand you’ve got to single Favre out for his failure, but he wasn’t the only one who failed that day.

    Oh and I’m now well aware that he plays on a team that lost 40 games the last 4 years — I got that the first time and every other time you’ve posted it.

  55. @dcvike

    I know the Vikings fail as unit… but as a fan of the game I appreciate what Peterson does and he deserves a chance @ the big game. He wont make it to one in minny.

    I am also glad u are aware of the 40 in 4.

    I just want to remind viking fans that cuz everytime I read a couple comments on a story whether it be nfc north or seattleI am told about the mini dynasty… greatest franchise… so I decided to add actual facts to support my comments.

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