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Peterson thinks Vikings would take a “heavy hit” by cutting him

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At one point, it seemed that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson eventually will want to leave the team due to its chronic inability to complement his skills with a potent passing game and, in turn, wins.  Given the ongoing devaluation of the tailback position and a more recent no-one-is-sacred vibe to the league’s treatment of veteran stars, it now seems that the Vikings may pull the trigger before Peterson taps out.

Peterson believes that would be a mistake.

“I think the organization would take a heavy hit — for real — more so from the fan base,” Peterson told Tom Pelissero of USA Today.  “I don’t think it would be like a LeBron [James] situation where they’re burning my jersey, this, that and the other.  They might be doing [the opposite] and not buying some season tickets.”

A lot of it depends on how Peterson is playing at the time the Vikings move on, if they do.  Fans realize that it will make little sense to watch his cap number grow from $14.4 million this year to $15.4 million next year and ultimately to $16 million in 2017 if Peterson’s skills begin to decline.

With the top of the veteran market currently at $3.5 million per year, the Vikings could replace Peterson with an entire stable of running backs who clearly aren’t Adrian Peterson but who could be close to it, when their efforts are added together.

The Vikings consistently claim that Peterson is going nowhere.  Still, at some point the team will face a difficult decision.  Especially if Peterson has no desire to adjust base salaries that cap out at $15.75 million.

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115 Responses to “Peterson thinks Vikings would take a “heavy hit” by cutting him”
  1. reesesteel23 says: Jun 19, 2014 11:03 AM

    The truth is the truth……

  2. 13x Offseason World Champions says: Jun 19, 2014 11:05 AM

    Cutting him now would be a big mistake. Not trading him last year was an even bigger mistake.

  3. bassplucker says: Jun 19, 2014 11:05 AM

    The Vikings cutting AD? That would be insanity.

    He is the only reason anyone will even think about freezing their arses off to watch games in that college stadium the next two years.

  4. scoops1 says: Jun 19, 2014 11:08 AM

    Cutting Him would not be a mistake….

    If AP wants to win a SB, he should demand a trade….

  5. joeflaccoallday says: Jun 19, 2014 11:09 AM

    I think a restructure or pay cut would have first. Vikings will never prosper by letting him go.

  6. thepftpoet says: Jun 19, 2014 11:09 AM

    The BEST franchise in the NFL.

    We have the Legacy of a true champion.

    18 Divisional Titles.
    The Best Fans in the NFL.
    The Most Classy & Dominant Players.

    We are the franchise that truly created Football.

    #Skol

  7. stevejjones says: Jun 19, 2014 11:09 AM

    The man does his job, doesn’t seem to be a malcontent. You pay him.

  8. talkingproud says: Jun 19, 2014 11:09 AM

    Growing up seeing OJ Simpson, Earl Campbell, Eric Dickerson, Barry Sanders and many more great running backs, it is hard to fathom this happening. But this is today’s NFL, whether it be for better or worse.

  9. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 19, 2014 11:10 AM

    Ok so now we know one thing for sure that he fears and would really hate to see, that could be useful for leverage for certain people in the future; check.

    The Vikings have nothing left to do except to elect what their favorite flavor of Now & Later trade nuggets is. Or win the Super Bowl.

  10. pilot2011 says: Jun 19, 2014 11:11 AM

    He’s not the sharpest bulb in the tool shed.

  11. kerzondax says: Jun 19, 2014 11:13 AM

    He’s there this year. But next? And he will always be in the “best ever” conversation. But, as noted, the game is very different now. It’s not that there are more great RBs, it’s just that you don’t need a great RB anymore. Good to really good is just fine.

    But one thing about the game is not different and it’s never going to be. It has no patience for Father Time.

  12. xinellum says: Jun 19, 2014 11:13 AM

    The 9ers didn’t close shop when they lost Montana and Rice, the Cowboys are still here after Irvin and Smith, the Ravens didn’t call it quits when Lewis retired so I doubt very seriously the Vikings will cease to exist or their fan base would go away if Peterson does. Last I saw, he hadn’t ascended to heaven or at least won a championship like all the other players and teams mentioned. Too meant people think they are indispensable when in reality they are just that. In 10 years kids won’t even remember his name.

  13. tjacks7 says: Jun 19, 2014 11:13 AM

    The Vikings have a history of letting veterans play out their inflated contracts if they’re performing at a decent level. See Allen, Jared.

  14. wwwfella says: Jun 19, 2014 11:13 AM

    id rather cut him a year early than a year late at those cap numbers

  15. jjackwagon says: Jun 19, 2014 11:13 AM

    With that salary, I can’t see how they keep him beyond the 2014 season.

  16. eagleswin says: Jun 19, 2014 11:14 AM

    The Vikings should do a Herschel Walker trade, in reverse this time.

    Keeping Peterson is just hanging on to the past. Trading him could really help set them up for the future. The Cowboys won 3 superbowls off of the Vikings mistake.

  17. urbusted2 says: Jun 19, 2014 11:14 AM

    Sooner or later the running back will again become more than relevant in the NFL. Defenses make adjustments and offenses counter. The more defenses adjust to stop the passing game, they will become more susceptible to the run. Everything goes in cycles. Any team that can establish a strong running game will enjoy success in the league. I believe balance is still key.

  18. sdsmooth says: Jun 19, 2014 11:15 AM

    They can (and do) finish in last place with or without him.

  19. vikingsfan4life says: Jun 19, 2014 11:16 AM

    This is a manufactured story to create a headline or two during a slow part of the off-season. The Vikings aren’t trading AP this year or next. Even if they wanted to, AP’s cap number is too high. So for the foreseeable future, Vikings fans will just have to make do with another great season from the best RB of his generation.

  20. elmaxoh says: Jun 19, 2014 11:16 AM

    How about some respect for the guy ? He dragged this whole franchise by himself for YEARS. You don’t just cut a player like that.

  21. voiceofrealism says: Jun 19, 2014 11:18 AM

    They can cut him, and the Pack will welcome him to a winning franchise.

  22. scrp2 says: Jun 19, 2014 11:19 AM

    Remember last year when he promised he was going to rush for 3000 yards? I say after this year release him and try to get Reggie Bush.

  23. thepftpoet says: Jun 19, 2014 11:19 AM

    2014-2015 Minnesota Vikings Season:

    Adrian Peterson – 1,900 Rushing Yards, 12 Tds.

    Cordarrelle Patterson – 1,400 Receiving Yards, 11 Tds.

    Teddy Bridgewater – 4,100 Passing Yards, 33 Tds, 7 Ints.

    All Ending with a Superbowl Victory & 13-3 Record.

  24. kylexitron says: Jun 19, 2014 11:19 AM

    The problem here is that Petersons value and salary are moot without a quarterback, and I personally don’t know what anyone saw in Bridgewater to make them think he’s a franchise guy. He’s been hyped up the q year and I never once thought he looked like an NFL caliber guy. You could look at guys like luck and Wilson and tell they just had it. Teddy doesn’t have it.

  25. nflfan22 says: Jun 19, 2014 11:23 AM

    Its just money that would go to the QB if they had one. Even if Bridgewater is the man, they don’t have to pay him like it for at least 3 years. This story is way premature. Just an attention grab.

  26. thevikesarebest says: Jun 19, 2014 11:23 AM

    Yea,speaking of being heavy how about packer fans?im sure they riding around on their wheel chairs which they don’t need but don’t feel like walking.

  27. taintedsaints2009 says: Jun 19, 2014 11:25 AM

    The Vikings are in a lot of trouble. People are NOT renewing season tickets. It’s not because the team is not good. It’s because the season ticket prices are skyrocketing for the new stadium, and they make you pay for a seat licensing fee, per seat. That doesn’t even get you season tickets. It’s just the right to get the seat.

    The longest standing fans are very angry at the Vikings organization. Nobody will be able to afford to go to these games, and the ones who can afford the tickets, simply don’t see it as worth all the money. That stadium will be half empty after the first year hype wears off.

  28. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 19, 2014 11:25 AM

    Duh.

    >

  29. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jun 19, 2014 11:26 AM

    If ap learned how to passblock and catch the ball. He would literally have gone down as the greatest rb of ALL TIME. Could you imagine him catching the ball on the run and already in the secondary. He wouldve killed everyone.

  30. oreo51 says: Jun 19, 2014 11:26 AM

    Alright! The Seahawks have a couple million to sign him with. He could spell Beast Mode and win a Super Bowl ring. Come to Seattle and joy your buddies from the Vikings.

  31. ocgunslinger says: Jun 19, 2014 11:26 AM

    Reality sets in and the game is not running 3 yards and a cloud of dust any longer it is a passing league and will continue to be so for the “Entertainment Value”. If you don’t pay the QB, the O Line and pay attention to the D you will not be a contender. With limited (Salary Cap) funds you cannot afford to spend on running backs the money as in the past.

  32. jdragash says: Jun 19, 2014 11:26 AM

    The Vikings will NEVER win a super bowl..EVER. Go Bucs! Fire the Cannons!

  33. ragnarthegreat says: Jun 19, 2014 11:27 AM

    From a financial standpoint, how many jersey’s all around the country did AP sell? Hats? assorted junk?
    In years like last year, I can’t image any other Viking whose stuff was a popular with people from around the country. I know the salary is high, but the return has got to be high as well.

    There will be a point where his skills will diminish and they will need to look at that, but a greater fear now is him wanting out so he can go to a contender (Seattle?)

  34. rbirving says: Jun 19, 2014 11:28 AM

    the only people who want the Vikings to trade or cut him are fans of other teams. He is a special player and it would be a shame to see him finish his career anywhere but here.

    Yes you could get several RBs for the amount you’re paying him, but that would take up several roster slots to replace what he can do.

    One year at a time and the future can take care of itself. If they finally have an answer in the passing game with Bridgewater the Minnesota offense will become the most dangerous in the league.

    The fans here love AD.

  35. pillowporkers says: Jun 19, 2014 11:33 AM

    $15 mil is excessive for a RB, but he’s worth $10 mil or even $12mil. I’m sure they could restructure. He’s already shown he can single handedly bring his team to the playoffs. I mean, what’s worse, Paying Adrian $12mil, or paying Jay Cutler and Matt Stafford $18mil+?

  36. tacomatiger says: Jun 19, 2014 11:34 AM

    18 division titles, yay! 0 SUPER BOWLS! SKOL! Haven’t made it to the super bowl in 38 years, HAHA!

  37. jjohnson154 says: Jun 19, 2014 11:37 AM

    Adrian, people will still buy season tickets after you are cut/traded….They will pay to see me.

    Sincerely,

    The New Stadium
    AKA Host of the 2018 Super Bowl

  38. casurferho says: Jun 19, 2014 11:40 AM

    And…. To those that think Bridgewater is a bust, they will be eating crow when he torches your team.. The guy has been lights out during practices, and he is a dedicated student of the game and leader! 1st in meetings and last out! Best draft choice in long time for Vikes

  39. pnut87 says: Jun 19, 2014 11:41 AM

    No, the Vikings cutting AP would NOT be like the LeBron situation, because Lebron wasn’t cut. He left on his own and made an ass out of himself in the process.

  40. trollhammer20 says: Jun 19, 2014 11:42 AM

    Maybe not now, but at some point, cutting him will be the only option.

    I see people mentioning a trade…really? No one is going to make a trade for a 29 year-old RB with those kinds of cap numbers.

  41. pftfan says: Jun 19, 2014 11:43 AM

    Remember when everyone thought trading Trent Richardson for a First Rounder was disastrous for the Browns?

  42. fwippel says: Jun 19, 2014 11:43 AM

    Unless Peterson flops this year, he’ll be back in 2015. If his skills deteriorate before the end of his contract, he’ll be asked to renegotiate or be cut loose.

    This is a business. Peterson is very popular in Minnesota, but you can’t pay a guy $10 of your total salary spent on the roster if he isn’t worth it.

  43. willidyson85 says: Jun 19, 2014 11:44 AM

    All these people on here saying “its a passing league”. I’ll bet you will never guess which QB attempted the fewest passes last season ?

  44. ruvelligwebuike says: Jun 19, 2014 11:44 AM

    What a shame to see one of the best ever play out his days in front of 48,000 people maximum in a third rate college stadium. Minnesota is just embarrassing to the US, always has been.

  45. bradygirl12 says: Jun 19, 2014 11:46 AM

    The Vikings can’t win with or without him. It’s a waste of his ability to stay in Minnesota. His shelf life is getting shorter.

  46. antalicus says: Jun 19, 2014 11:48 AM

    They need to do everything in their power to have the best player in the NFL on their team playing in their new stadium.

  47. baltimoresnativeson says: Jun 19, 2014 11:49 AM

    Should’ve traded Andre Johnson to the 49ers for a 3rd round pick before they got Stevie Johnson.

    AP to the ravens for a 3rd rounder also makes sense and release Punchy Mcghee.

  48. tonyc920 says: Jun 19, 2014 11:49 AM

    Peterson wants to be a Packer so he has a chance to get a SB ring. It’s impossible in Minn.

  49. shumagorath says: Jun 19, 2014 11:49 AM

    Barry Sanders couldn’t be the whole team, and neither can AP.

  50. swortybounce says: Jun 19, 2014 11:50 AM

    One of the best RBs of all-time, but the position in the current state of NFL play has taken a back seat. We know his production is probably going to decline in about 2 seasons with his physical style of running. It is a pretty hefty price tag for a franchise that is going to be playing outside in a college stadium for the next 2 years.

    Not as easy a decision as one would think given who we are talking about.

  51. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 19, 2014 11:50 AM

    What’s the big deal with the cap number? The salary cap is going to increase at a faster rate than Peterson’s salary. If they can absorb it this year, they can absorb it in the future if they want to. Bridgewater won’t need a huge contract until five years from now. When Adrian isn’t worth his salary anymore, the Vikings will be a contender. He’ll agree to a pay cut and still get more than anyone would give him on the open market. Adrian Peterson will be a Viking for life and he’ll have just as good a chance to win a Super Bowl here as anywhere else.

  52. guachosporlife says: Jun 19, 2014 11:51 AM

    RBs are a dime a dozen and can be found in any round. If Emmitt was let go…so will AD, and he’s no Emmitt…not even close.

  53. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 19, 2014 11:55 AM

    All these people on here saying “its a passing league”. I’ll bet you will never guess which QB attempted the fewest passes last season ?
    ______

    It was a tie between Derek Anderson, Shaun Hill, Josh Johnson, Landry Jones, Dan Orlovsky, and Charlie Whitehurst.

  54. coldwater32301 says: Jun 19, 2014 11:57 AM

    Big Mistake if the Vikings do, AP is the Vikings, guys like that you need to keep in order to have players (FA) want to come to your team… If a highly sought out player sees you releasing or not trying to keep the great heart of the team, then red flags will go up…however if you have another vision for your team than it is understandable as to why but i just cant see how you do not accommodate a cornerstone…Indeed…

  55. steverolley says: Jun 19, 2014 11:57 AM

    Nice so AP is coming to the Hawks in the not too distant future…..

    But he will probably take less to stay in Minnesota, as pftpoet pointed out they do have 18 divisional titles :(

  56. Marshawn Lunch says: Jun 19, 2014 11:57 AM

    Division titles and classy fans are what make “true champions”.

    Also, Webster’s dictionary appears to have made a mistake and swapped the definitions of “Classy” and “Delusional”.

  57. mogogo1 says: Jun 19, 2014 12:02 PM

    The Vikings would never live down cutting him. It’d be the PR disaster that never would end. Decades later people would still be making lists of the best RBs in Viking history saying “Can you believe they cut him?”

    If they couldn’t afford him they should have traded him and at least got something in return. But to cut him? That would be the equivalent of admitting they were totally incompetent.

  58. golforepar says: Jun 19, 2014 12:05 PM

    What AP under stands is, if you have to play for the Vikings, you better be getting a boat load of money!

  59. alshonsmeathooks says: Jun 19, 2014 12:08 PM

    when the first thing you bring up talking about your franchise’s history is divisional titles. you know they’ve never done anything

  60. themeccalambeaufield says: Jun 19, 2014 12:09 PM

    Is it any wonder why the vikings are mired in the dynasty of futility. Who pays a running back 14-15 million per year when the game has changed and obviously passed them by. Hello it’s not the 70 ‘ s when running was equal to or more important than the passing game. Not to mention he is aging and less reliable with injuries. It’s this philosophy that has them finishing last 3 out of the last 4 years.

  61. granadafan says: Jun 19, 2014 12:10 PM

    Dallas owes Minny. Take Peterson off their hands for three 1st rounders, three 2nd rounders, and bunch of players. Come on, Jerrah, you’re the GM of the year!

  62. steves11 says: Jun 19, 2014 12:12 PM

    “Teddy Bridgewater – 4,100 Passing Yards, 33 Tds, 7 Ints”

    What have you been smoking? More likely, he’ll be the next coming of Vince Young.

  63. baddegg says: Jun 19, 2014 12:13 PM

    You guys never should have let Brad Childress go.

  64. noleitup says: Jun 19, 2014 12:13 PM

    They could take Karlos Williams out of FSU next year. He’s the closest thing coming out of the draft since… Adrian Peterson.

  65. elway6532 says: Jun 19, 2014 12:14 PM

    2014-2015 Minnesota Vikings Season:

    Adrian Peterson – ACL Tear- Placed on IR

    Cordarrelle Patterson – Drug Use- Suspended

    Teddy Bridgewater – Converted to “Offensive Weapon” Placed on practice squad.

    Daunte Culpepper- Re-signed, Starts by midseason

    All Ending with a 2-14 record and a Move to Los Angeles .

    Ha Ha!

  66. hakunamangata says: Jun 19, 2014 12:14 PM

    Remember when the vikings won a championship?

    Me neither.

  67. beerbratscheese says: Jun 19, 2014 12:16 PM

    It would be interesting to see how Vikings fans would respond to Peterson if he were to retire. Then the Vikings use their first round pick to replace him, only to have Peterson say he still wants to play.

    After the Vikings say no, he then signs with the Bears in order to play against the Vikings two times a year to rub it in their faces. Also, if the Bears are out of the playoff race and it’s coming down to the Packers and the Vikings for the North title, Peterson tells Aaron Rodgers that he hopes the Packers knock the Vikings out of the playoffs.

    I wonder what Vikings fans would think of Peterson under those circumstances.

  68. troy43mvp says: Jun 19, 2014 12:17 PM

    Spielman is the first cut the Vikings need to make.

  69. pftisfulloftrolls says: Jun 19, 2014 12:18 PM

    He’s the most important player in franchise history since Fran Tarkenton and their biggest offensive weapon since a young Randy Moss. Cutting him would be supremely stupid.

  70. teal379 says: Jun 19, 2014 12:23 PM

    There’s a limited trading partner for AP. You’re NOT getting a first rounder for him.

    The idea of trading him next year is about zero, you might make the trade but you’ll get nothing.

    They should have traded him for line depth and kept Toby.

  71. superbowl48champs says: Jun 19, 2014 12:24 PM

    Hopefully he gets called up from the minor league and plays for Seattle in a year or two.

  72. bobbyhoying says: Jun 19, 2014 12:24 PM

    Ask DeSean Jackson what he thinks.

  73. stellarperformance says: Jun 19, 2014 12:27 PM

    If he doesn’t rightly and voluntarily adjust his compensation downward in order to stay in Minnesota and give something back to the fans, the onus will be on him.

    Nobody is bigger than the team (Favre 101)

  74. yourfavoriteteamstinks says: Jun 19, 2014 12:31 PM

    CUT the best offensive player in the NFL?

    LOL

  75. yourfavoriteteamstinks says: Jun 19, 2014 12:33 PM

    Peterson will be playing in purple when the new stadium opens.

    He is the only thing that will sell out tickets the next 2 seasons at the outdoor TCF Stadium

    Anyone who thinks Peterson is going anywhere outside of Minny is beyond foolish

  76. joker65 says: Jun 19, 2014 12:37 PM

    Its only worth cutting him if you use the money elsewhere and actually improve the team. To cut him just to save money and make your team worse makes no sense at all. Are they that cash strapped right now that they cannot sign anyone because of his contract?

  77. buddysguys says: Jun 19, 2014 12:39 PM

    this MAN HORSE will play another 8 years…he has only gotten better as the years have gone on. Aint nobody got time for cutting AP

  78. dublindemonszfl says: Jun 19, 2014 12:40 PM

    He means that if they cut him he will hit them. They won’t cut him, cause he said so.

    Why’d the chicken cross the road? AP said “hey chicken come here, I’m hungry”

  79. dcviking says: Jun 19, 2014 12:42 PM

    If AP were to retire, and then want to play again and go to the Bears, based on past history, I’d imagine the proper response from Vikings fans would be to:

    1) Indicate that the reason the Vikings lost was because Adrian fumbled all the time, and say that he really wasn’t that good anyway.

    2) Suddenly start picking apart Adrian’s character even though while he played for the Vikings, all transgression were gleefully ignored and glossed over.

    3) Burn all his jerseys.

    4) Come up with a clever saying like “We’ll never forget you, Aiden”.

  80. titansbro says: Jun 19, 2014 12:44 PM

    The guy is great, but he ain’t $15M great. I would give him no more than $4M. He is not a franchise changer, obviously, because the Vikings still suck. Same with Chris Johnson, which is why I was against his new deal & all for cutting him.

  81. dcviking says: Jun 19, 2014 12:48 PM

    All kidding aside, the Vikings should have never paid that much for a running back in a quarterback driven league. And yes — I fully realize the Viking quarterback situation has sucked and they needed some source of offense, but they would have better served using the money in another way.

  82. golforepar says: Jun 19, 2014 1:04 PM

    Go head cut AP, no worries “Baby hands” Bridgewater can carry the team. If he can beat out “Noodle arm” Ponder!
    SKOAL!

  83. 1952vikefan says: Jun 19, 2014 1:08 PM

    He will will restructure his salary just like brady team friendly contract but just like the power house college teams have their boosters(Endorsements)to pick up the rest if not more of their pay

  84. smalltownqb says: Jun 19, 2014 1:14 PM

    This has nothing to do with fielding the best team over the next 2 years. It has to do with putting people in seats. AP holds the cards.

  85. proftblfn says: Jun 19, 2014 1:20 PM

    This guy should spend a $1.20 and rent “Money Ball” from red box. Teams spend the money on player salaries to buy wins not on any particular “star.” Is this AP really worth more than Darren Sproles and Chris Johnson and LeShean McCoy (combined salaries) in terms of his production?

  86. bobnelsonjr says: Jun 19, 2014 1:25 PM

    Top of the RB market is 3.5 million/year, yet the vikings pay quadruple the top market price.

    No other GM would trade for that contract. Especially for a running back with an injury history AND on the wrong side of 30.

    The selling tickets argument is bogus because the vikings play in a smaller college stadium that is only 60% the capacity of an NFL stadium.

    It is only a matter of time until Peterson is cut.

    The real problem is that he has always been pulled on passing downs because he cannot pass block nor can he catch. That means he will be nearly worthless to most teams.

    The fall back to reality will be rapid and painful.

  87. twilson962 says: Jun 19, 2014 1:36 PM

    They certainly would take a hit without him. But… the Vikes haven’t exactly been great with him. Take out the first year w/ Favre & ADs 2K season, and there isn’t much to be excited about.

  88. hrmlss says: Jun 19, 2014 1:37 PM

    He’s seeting up his exit plan, he doesn’t want to be in the backfield with the Interception and fumble machine that will be Teddybear Bilgewater.

  89. 1rockyracoon says: Jun 19, 2014 1:44 PM

    AP overvalues himself. Minnesota is a city with a dedicated fan base and they are 2 seasons away from moving into a new stadium. Selling tickets will not be a problem for the Vikings, with or without Peterson. A running back is not worth that kind of cap number. Hopefully, he is smart enough to realize he won’t be collecting that salary after this season. Big paycut or cut from the team.

  90. tjacks7 says: Jun 19, 2014 2:04 PM

    I’d rather pay AP $15-16 million than an average QB like Cutler, Stafford, Flacco, Kap, Ryan, $18+ million. If Zimmer builds the defense like he’s done in the past the Vikings will replicate the Seahawks. Control the ball/clock. Move the chains. Play great defense. But wait, isn’t it a passing league?! Apparently not.

  91. jrsmits says: Jun 19, 2014 2:05 PM

    jrsmits says:
    Jun 19, 2014 1:52 PM

    willidyson85

    All these people on here saying “its a passing league”. I’ll bet you will never guess which QB attempted the fewest passes last season ?

    Answer: Josh McCown 224 att. with 194 comp
    Among active starters.

  92. Satanic Hell Creature says: Jun 19, 2014 2:15 PM

    Remember last year when he promised he was going to rush for 3000 yards?

    –No I don’t. But, that’s because it never happened. He set a goal of 2500 yards. Not predicted or promised…set a goal. Successful people will all tell you they set goals, lofty ones at that. Those that have never achieved any success in life, have no idea what a goal is.

  93. salmen76 says: Jun 19, 2014 2:18 PM

    AP was surrounded by stars like Brett Favre in a Championship game against the Saints. And AP fumbled the ball like 12 times. So don’t tell me he has never been on a GOOD team. He had his shot and he blew it right along with Favre. Ha Ha! Facts are facts. Saints won that game and the Super Bowl against the Great Peyton Manning and his Colts. Facts are facts! Geaux Saints!

  94. bridgeh2o says: Jun 19, 2014 2:30 PM

    You can’t put AD in the RB class, because he has ALWAYS been a cut above, and probably the best ever.

    Yep, alot of dough.

    Worth it??

    YOU BET!!!!!!

  95. tangysizzl says: Jun 19, 2014 2:31 PM

    I guess 18.5 Million a year is a bargain for Aaron Rodgers when you think about how much they are paying AP, Cutler and Stafford. 1 SB win, 5 straight playoff appearances and a bunch of regular season wins was money pretty well spent.

  96. chris1cat says: Jun 19, 2014 2:35 PM

    Let’s play Football already………

  97. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 19, 2014 2:37 PM

    This is the worst team I’ve seen. And I watched the 0-16 lions secure their legacy at the last game of that season.

    They had more talent, better coaching, and roughly the same GM.

  98. haraldsigurdson says: Jun 19, 2014 2:41 PM

    The Vikings continued to honor their contract with Jared Allen, paying him about twice the veteran market salary. They didn’t extend his contract, but they didn’t ask him to take a pay cut, either. And he had the same concerns about whether he was as good last year as he was when he was 26 years old. I think the Vikes pay Adrian his contract. They are one of the best franchises at managing their cap figures, and they have the luxury of doing things like this for special players like Allen and Peterson.

  99. flexx91 says: Jun 19, 2014 2:51 PM

    Best franchises at managing their cap figures because their QBs since the Favre era haven’t been worth a damn – hence they didn’t (and still don’t) have to pay big dollars to one.

  100. joker65 says: Jun 19, 2014 2:54 PM

    So what if the Vikings are overpaying him? If they are still under the cap and can still sign other players, it doesn’t matter what they pay him. Why cut him or force him to take a pay cut just to get him line with other RB’s? If they were up against the cap and were cutting other players because of his contract thats a different story. They are not. So who cares? I think the Packers should the hair farmer LB because he rarely plays and hes making 14 million.

  101. stellarperformance says: Jun 19, 2014 4:12 PM

    I guess Zimmer asked how many of the players wanted Peterson on the roster this year, and everyone unanimously raised their hand.

    However, he had to count twice because at first he couldn’t see Bridgewaters’ hand.

  102. pondersucks07 says: Jun 19, 2014 5:34 PM

    What they pay the QB position they can afford keeping Peterson and by the time Bridgewater is up for a new contract. Peterson contract will be up. That problem is 4 years down the road.

  103. rho1953 says: Jun 19, 2014 5:40 PM

    Fifty years and counting……….no Super Bowl title. Not looking good for the next fifty either.

  104. jimmysee says: Jun 19, 2014 6:16 PM

    It’s pretty breathtaking what that guy’s making. Maybe if they dumped him they could reduce PSL charges in the new stadium by 25%?!

  105. unmercifulone says: Jun 19, 2014 6:25 PM

    “eagleswin says:

    The Vikings should do a Herschel Walker trade, in reverse this time.

    Keeping Peterson is just hanging on to the past. Trading him could really help set them up for the future. The Cowboys won 3 superbowls off of the Vikings mistake.”

    Wouldn’t it be ironic if the Vikings did decide to trade AP and Dallas paid through the nose for him?

  106. jollyjoker2 says: Jun 19, 2014 7:49 PM

    I would have rather kept …I forget. Thats’ how long people with remember Peterson.

  107. jollyjoker2 says: Jun 19, 2014 7:50 PM

    old old old old old old. Doesn’t matter when they cut him.

  108. wheezerswin says: Jun 19, 2014 8:04 PM

    I’ve been sayin it all along. Any talent in Minnesota looks to play elsewhere.

  109. whatjusthapped says: Jun 19, 2014 9:11 PM

    I’m not suggesting cutting him but the cap hit is huge. And to think the Viking fans think their GM is some sort of genius. Do they realize that management of the cap is a big part of the GM job, you know, in between drafting bust QB’s in the first round.

  110. yizudien says: Jun 20, 2014 12:49 AM

    I guess there is no value in a consistent performer who’s worst gaff was a speeding ticket.

    Seriously the guy works his rear off and is great for the team, fans and Minnesota. There are not many players in the league with his talent that wouldnt have bailed on minnesota long ago to win super bowls or move to bigger markets to make more in endorsements.

    Seriously they cut this guy I wont watch a Vikings game for quite some time. Forget about the possibility of me ever buying a ticket.

  111. wyrdawg says: Jun 20, 2014 12:51 AM

    Yo Adrian:

    Go back. Look at what you said. Then, ask yourself this: Would Barry Sanders, Walter Payton or Emmett Smith say the same thing?

    You and I both know that Jim Brown and Gale Sayers would.

    Which do you want to be?

    I thought so.

  112. sayly75 says: Jun 20, 2014 4:19 AM

    You all know where he is going? Seattle! thats right. After they lose Lynch.

  113. rick359 says: Jun 20, 2014 11:26 AM

    I don’t think AP is done, he just need a line that can open a hole for him

  114. omeimontis says: Jun 20, 2014 2:16 PM

    Running backs cannot win ball games. AP was the MVP in 2012, but when Christian Ponder was injured, the Vikes lost their playoff game. To pay a running back $15 mil a year is therefore a waste of money, money that can be better spent elsewhere.

  115. annunaki77 says: Jun 20, 2014 9:07 PM

    I only clicked on this article to hear the @thepftpoet speak about how great the Vikings truly are. The Vikings go 11-5 and win the division.

    Peterson: 1500 Yards 10 Tds
    Bridgewater: 3700 Yards 24 Tds, 12 Int
    Jennings: 80 Rec 1000 Yards 8 Tds
    40+ sacks by the defense
    Surprise team of the NFL

    Haha and watch it happen! #SKOL

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