Vikings have a way to prove they really want Adrian Peterson

AP

As the Adrian Peterson situation lingers, with the tea leaves suggesting Adrian wants to leave and the Vikings saying all the right things possibly to increase trade value, there’s one way the Vikings can put their money where their mouths are.

By, um, putting their money where their mouths are.

Last week, running back LeSean McCoy wasn’t happy with the trade that tentatively sent him from Philly to Buffalo, even though the Bills were more than willing (as supposed to simply “willing”) to pay him $10.25 million in 2015.  So the Bills sweetened the pot, ripping up the three years left on McCoy’s deal and giving him $16 million in 2016.

End result?  McCoy is now happy.

Before the Seahawks gave Marshawn Lynch $12 million and the Bills gave McCoy $16 million, it appeared that the Vikings would be the only team willing to give Peterson $12.75 million in 2015, making him more likely to choose to stay.  Now that the market for big-name running backs (not named DeMarco Murray) has gone a bit haywire, with other teams able to justify giving Peterson a lot more than $12.75 million this year as part of a long-term deal, the Vikings’ best bet to change Peterson’s mind could be to tear up the current contract and replace it with something far more lucrative.

A check for $20 million, for example, as part of a new five-year deal with more than $30 million fully guaranteed over the next two years could be the kind of thing that gets Peterson’s attention — and the kind of thing the Vikings can afford given the 16-percent increase in total cap space the league has enjoyed in recent years.

Peterson has a total of $45 million remaining on the final three years of the contract signed in 2011.  None of it is guaranteed.  If the Vikings are willing to guarantee a large chunk of it, and to pay out a lot more than $12.75 million in 2015, that would be the way to prove they want to keep him.

Even better, that would be the way to keep him.  If they truly want to keep him.

62 responses to “Vikings have a way to prove they really want Adrian Peterson

  1. there is a way to prove they want him: don’t trade or cut him and keep him.

    simple

  2. We’ve come a long way from “the Vikings will cut Peterson because no running back is worth that much” to “the Vikings should rip up his contract and give him $30 million guaranteed.” If they do want to keep him, they’ll give him a new contract but they aren’t going to guarantee more than this year’s salary and the cap hit will decrease. But they don’t want to keep him. Like the New England Patriots, the Vikings have learned that it’s better to get rid of a player a year too early than a year too late. Somebody else can give him new big money while the Vikings take that team’s first round pick off their hands and start their future right now.

  3. Am I missing something here? How does he have a say in it? He is still under contract, so he is a Viking unless the Vikings decide they don’t want him.

    If he chooses to hold out, that only decreases his value as he is coming off a year in which he damaged his value but beating a child. Holding out would only prove that he hasn’t learned his lesson.

  4. Its time to move on rebuild in Vikingland. Teddy Tiny hands showed enough that he can be a capable starter if he has enough pieces around him…

    Trade AP for as many draft picks as you can get and start putting a real team together…

    Adrian is coming up on the wrong side of 30 and the league now has HGH testing… its time to move on while you can still get something for him…

  5. So let me get this straight….

    1. Peterson beat his kid with a stick until the kid’s scrotum bled and stuffed leaves in the kid’s mouth to muffle his screams.

    2. Due to said child beating, Peterson was forced to sit out all of last year.

    3. The Vikings paid him somewhere around $12,000,000 while he sat out.

    4. Peterson is still under contract with the Vikings at almost $13,000,000 for the upcoming season.

    5. Now, the Vikings have to beg, plead, and possibly pay him even MORE money to simply come back and honor his contract?

    This is insanity. Even for the Vikings.

  6. You previous commenters don’t seem to understand contracts. The issue is if the Vikings do nothing and make him play they are going to be being him like $13 million this year and another $32 after that. By giving him a “raise for beating his child” is restructuring his deal with a nice upfront but makes it more cap friendly.

    This is why the Vikings need to figure something out. either re-structure or trade. If you just release him because of your self-righteousness, you’re not only giving away elite talent for nothing, but you will still suffer cap damage for more years.

  7. Or…..the Vikings could tell him to play under his current contract or sit out. Peterson has zero leverage. Why do you reporter people keep acting like Adrian’s desire for a trade means anything? He’ll be traded at the Vikings leisure, if at all.

  8. To steal a comment from a Post yesterday: The Vikings need to simply tell Adrian “You’re under contract for 3 more years. We’ll either see you at Training Camp or send us your Retirement Papers.”

  9. This guy is the victim? He needs to be rewarded for his “patience?” He already got a paid vacation that took the wear and tear of a full season off his legs. HE OWES THE VIKINGS…………BIG TIME!

    What is the world coming to?

    If he wants to play…..anywhere…..isn’t he currently under contract with the Vikings? Why is this an issue? He either plays for the Vikings or he retires. Is there another scenario I am missing here?

  10. Adrian got a raise last year – $12 million to sit on his keester and think about which of his many baby mama’s was best in the sack, did any of you get that much?

    Did the writer just want to taunt everyone with the obvious insanity that is the hallmark of the NFL?

    The Wilf’s don’t want another nightmare in the middle of launching their new stadium. Say buh-bye AP and please return us to the previous program in progress.

  11. All-American Voltron says:
    Mar 9, 2015 9:52 AM

    You previous commenters don’t seem to understand contracts. The issue is if the Vikings do nothing and make him play they are going to be being him like $13 million this year and another $32 after that. By giving him a “raise for beating his child” is restructuring his deal with a nice upfront but makes it more cap friendly.

    This is why the Vikings need to figure something out. either re-structure or trade. If you just release him because of your self-righteousness, you’re not only giving away elite talent for nothing, but you will still suffer cap damage for more years.
    ————————————————-
    Some of your point is valid however don’t question others’ understanding of contracts if you don’t understand yourself. By cutting him they only pay less than $3M this year. After that, there’s nothing. So I’m not sure where you are getting “years to come”.

    I do get the “cap friendly” comment by restructuring his deal. However, either way they are going to pay him at very least $12.75M this year to keep him. Why give him more money at all? They can afford the $12.75M this year if they so choose to keep him.

  12. Re-doing his contract is the single dumbest thing I ever read on this web site. It is so dumb that even the Vikings can’t be considering it and given the history of the Vikings in the dumb category, that’s saying a lot.

    If the Vikings had any class, they would do what the Ravens did, simply cut Peterson and wish him well elsewhere. Beating an innocent 4 year old is far worse than domestic abuse, even Viking fans can figure that out.

  13. “The vikings are paying Adrian Peterson too much.. No running back is worth that much!”

    Two weeks later..

    “The Vikings should pay Adrian Peterson more to prove they love him!”

    Really covering all of your bases around here.

  14. This article is nonsense.

    Peterson is under contract for the next three years.

    There is $2.4 million of dead money in the Vikings cap calculation for 2015. There is no dead money in 2016 or 2017. Peterson’s contract is not guaranteed.

    The Vikings will pay Peterson $28 million in cash for 2015 and 2016 under his current contract. If they want to keep him for 2017 instead of cutting him, they will owe him $17 million for the 2017 season when he will be be 32 years old.

    Florio suggests that the Vikings give Peterson a new contract with $30 million guaranteed. That’s crazy. The Vikings and other teams probably don’t expect Peterson to be a star feature RB in 2017. So why would the Vikings guarantee Peterson $30 million (plus any non-guaranteed cash) in cash for what would likely be just the 2015 and 2016 seasons, when they already have him under contract for less than that ($28 million) for those two seasons AND the contract is NOT guaranteed, i.e., if Peterson has a bad 2015 and looks like he is no longer a regular 100 yard per game RB, then the Vikings could cut him before the 2016 season at no future cash cost to them and no dead money cap hit.

  15. For the most part the Vikings if at all possible want to go young and build through the draft. That said, they will get a 1st round pick if they trade him. Probably a little more if the present contract can be re-worked. With Spielman’s habit of moving around in the draft, mostly down, the Vikings could possibly land a couple more good picks.

    They will increase their cap space if they dump him, so if they need to go FA, they will have a lot more ammunition to play with. They have other positions they need to fix, as well.

    Given that, why would they want to keep one player around, who will soon to be on the wrong side of 30??

    Besides, we all remember the Emmitt Smith story when he went to AZ. He also at that point where his career was getting ready to wind down. AZ, if you don’t learn from the past, you will be bound to repeat it.

  16. A fan appreciation parade with Brad Childress leading on a cycle and AP riding along in the sidecar compartment.

  17. Sever all connections with this fool he’s a waste of oxygen. “But in Texas we beat our kids all the time and its ok!” & “I was raised that way I don’t know no better” are not valid excuses. When I look in the Crystal Ball I see a myriad of legal troubles for AP after retirement. You’ll see. Dude is the plague. I’m ashamed he ever played for my squad.

  18. The smart thing would be to trade him and get some great value. It’s not like they are about to make a deep playoff push if he comes back.

    His skill are set to drop in the next year or two, if they haven’t already.

    Trade with Houston for Andre Johnson straight up.

  19. gsomatt says:
    Mar 9, 2015 10:24 AM
    The smart thing would be to trade him and get some great value. It’s not like they are about to make a deep playoff push if he comes back.

    His skill are set to drop in the next year or two, if they haven’t already.

    Trade with Houston for Andre Johnson straight up.
    ————————–
    First, his trade value will go up after he shows the world he can still play at a high level this season. His trade value is low right now. Second, nobody knows that his skills will drop in a year or two. He’s not ordinary you know. Three, trading for an aging WR is your answer to “getting value”? Really? Wow. Just wow.

  20. nflpoker says:
    Mar 9, 2015 10:11 AM

    For the most part the Vikings if at all possible want to go young and build through the draft. That said, they will get a 1st round pick if they trade him. Probably a little more if the present contract can be re-worked. With Spielman’s habit of moving around in the draft, mostly down, the Vikings could possibly land a couple more good picks.

    They will increase their cap space if they dump him, so if they need to go FA, they will have a lot more ammunition to play with. They have other positions they need to fix, as well.

    Given that, why would they want to keep one player around, who will soon to be on the wrong side of 30??

    Besides, we all remember the Emmitt Smith story when he went to AZ. He also at that point where his career was getting ready to wind down. AZ, if you don’t learn from the past, you will be bound to repeat it.
    —————–
    Yes, the Vikings are a young team. But, keeping around a veteran (age 30) that is the best at his position cannot hurt the team, it can only help. Spielman mostly moves up in the draft, not down. The Vikings have $26 mil in cap space, so they are fine. And, Emmitt was about 35 when he went to the Cardinals. Huge difference from 30.

  21. If Adrian had not used a switch on his son(the only thing confirmed, not the leaves crap or the “whipping room”. If you can confirm posts the link, otherwise shuddup. ) none of this would have ever happened.

    If the Vikes would’ve showed a singe atom of support, like the 9ers,or RexRyan, or Leslie Frazier, or Ravens and didn’t let fans and media depict the general public’s response stance, none of this would have happened.

    If the front office hadn’t screwed up the Ray Rice incendent, none of this would have happened.

    Everyone should learn from this. Especially since its a players that has single handedly kept butts in the seats for the last 9 years.

  22. reading these comments are way over blown. alot like some of your (internet ego’s). when someone wants to make a good point they say “child abuser, a switch joke”.

    so easy to throw stones when we all have skeletons in the closet, even if its a one time mistake. it happened and he is dealing with it. not to the liking of some but, hes going to have to live with that. if not with the public opinion ever so prevalent.

    that being said, if they can restructure a deal and make it more cap friendly for the vikings being heavy on the front end and keep the face of your franchise happy why not do it?

    in this modern age who has put the vikings on their back who’s not Brett favre? All day. america is the land of 2nd chances. when will you give him his?

  23. So what is Spielman suppose to do?? Give AD a big sloppy kiss and say how much he means to him??

    All this “He will play for us in 2015.” is a load of B S. They are just trying to to increase his trade value. It’s like all that misinformation that gets handed out prior to the draft.

    Listen, Football GMs are like used car salesmen. They will tell you anything in order for you to buy the old clunker.

  24. Adrian is already under contract, one I might add that pays him very handsomely for the position he plays. The Bills are off the deep end if they think McCoy is worth so much, period. That said, AP did the crime, and was paid millions of dollars to sit on the couch, money the team legally did not have to pay him. To borrow a one liner from “something about Mary”, he ought to be kissing Spielman’s hairy beanbag for going out of his way to appease a child abuser, when the vast majority of professions would have cut-bait with the guy the day he was charged. If he wants out, fine, but don’t lay the blame on the organization, they’ve already proved they wanted him by not cutting him as well as paying him for sitting out. The article is one that is borderline insane. You don’t award someone for bad behavior; did the author ever raise children?

  25. They will trade him or they won’t. They could restructure his deal to include more guaranteed money, but I don’t think the Vikings will or should give him a raise. This article is absurd.

  26. Same old refrain from the commenters, including this one. If he stops this victimization gig and shuts the hell up, I can live with him playing here again. If not, let him go. Maybe the solution is to just rework the contract to guarantee the full amount of this year’s pay (it it’s not already, I’m too lazy to verify), and then agree separate thereafter. I’d be amazed if they could get anything above a 3rd rounder in a trade.

    One thing for certain, the Vikings are handling this as best as possible.

  27. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Mar 9, 2015 11:07 AM
    I vote for vikes giving him $30M guaranteed. That would be awesome.
    ————–
    I would think Packer fans would want him traded outside the division. Who knows what the team can do with a good QB and AP. It’s ok to respect and fear a great player. I’d be ok if Rodgers left the division.

  28. The question we have to ask is are the Vikings winning an NFC Championship or a Super Bowl in the next two years? I would say the chances are slim and closer to none.

    Do the Vikings have trouble selling tickets? No

    I am sure most NFL experts and the couch potato experts would agree he is on the wrong side of 30 with a couple more years of elite performance, but running backs go quick at this age.

    So, deal him for whatever you can get. I doubt a first rounder but maybe. Look how great the Harvin trade worked out. The best assets in the NFL are draft picks not high paid veterans over 30.

    Lets build for down the road so we can host and win the Super Bowl in 2018.

  29. People seem to forget that the Vikings organization has already said that they will let AP leave if that’s what he wants.

    While he is to turn 30, he’s one of those rare players that at the point he loses a step, whenever that happens, he’ll still better then almost any other back in the league.

    People also forget he’s had a year off. His knee, unlike in 2013, will now be fully healed, and the rest of his body got a full year off. He has plenty in the tank left, and whoever gets him (or even if somehow the Vikings keep him)…that team will have the services of a great player for years to come.

  30. They want to restructure his contract and give him guaranteed money?

    ok…….fine. Make it retroactive (if possible)

    Peterson gets 12 Million in guaranteed money for the 2014 season and he doesn’t even need tO play more than one game. This year he gets 0 guaranteed money, but the 12.75 mil becomes fully guaranteed if Peterson mans up and plays to the best of his ability for the Vikings in 2015.

    The remainder of his contract becomes guaranteed at END of each season only.

    Makes it fair for everyone and ends the stupid drama that many seem to forget PETERSON BROUGHT ON HIMSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. How many of you hired a contractor do a job then 1/2 way through the work offered them more than you settled for?
    This is a stupid thread. If the Vikings want him past his current contract they will deal with it when he is 32.

  32. Trade with Houston for Andre Johnson straight up.
    ______

    The Vikings will get a minimum of a first round pick for him, probably more. If they want Andre Johnson too, for some ridiculous reason, they can sign him as a free agent after he’s cut.

  33. Neither the Vikings nor AD want him in Minnesota, according to anonymous sources within the organization.

    Just read “REPORT: Vikings Doing All They Can To Dump Adrian Peterson, Multiple Teams Interested” by Arif Hasan March 2, 2015

    The Vikings have been attempting to trade Adrian Peterson for weeks, but only recently told Hasan.

    Though ownership and the front office have made overtures to keeping Adrian Peterson, the reality is that they are attempting to get him off the team through any means necessary…….the Vikings would not be above cutting Adrian Peterson

    the bad press was a big part of it…….sponsors, public relations and relations with local governments who are contributing in big ways to the stadium building effort. At least one sponsor has high-level executives that care just as much about the moral issues at play as they do the financial impact.

    With a rich draft class at running back, a growing list of running backs hitting free agency and the generally agreed-upon devaluing of the NFL’s running game, it may be difficult to trade Adrian Peterson. Add to that the growing legal uncertainty of Peterson’s playing status, and the Vikings may have to settle for far less.

    In another article, Arif says: “He plays in Dallas, because no where will he find more support from an owner or a fan base—two things that he’s indicated are really big to him.

  34. If Peterson is on such a value contract now then trade him and that contract as soon as possible as the purchasing team can afford more draft choice compensation if they’re getting him on such a bargain.

    Truth is, I want Peterson to stay, and if the Vikings do trade him, it will be for a minimum of a first round pick… possibly with a couple of thirds added on top (or player equivalent).

    If Murray signs with another team quickly, then the Cowboys might have to over pay to get him, as both the Cardinals and Colts have shown interest.

    I wonder how Norv actually felt about losing Trent Richardson when with the Browns, and if the Vikings would try him for the final year of his rookie contract?

  35. Trading AP for extra draft picks won’t help us. Remember when we had two chances to get Rodgers and we passed?? We lose to him 2-3 times a season now!! Our best bet is to trade AP for Andre Ellington and then pick up the Packers scraps like we normally do!!

  36. arianil985 says:

    Trading AP for extra draft picks won’t help us. Remember when we had two chances to get Rodgers and we passed?? We lose to him 2-3 times a season now!!

    =============================
    Bravo, except that losing 3 times a season will require the Vikings make the playoffs and then face the Packers in the playoffs, and then lose.

    That’s highly unlikely, virtually impossible. Not losing to the Packers in the playoffs, just making the playoffs.

  37. mikeh12345 says: Mar 9, 2015 1:17 PM

    Neither the Vikings nor AD want him in Minnesota, according to anonymous sources within the organization.

    Just read “REPORT: Vikings Doing All They Can To Dump Adrian Peterson, Multiple Teams Interested” by Arif Hasan March 2, 2015

    The Vikings have been attempting to trade Adrian Peterson for weeks, but only recently told Hasan.

    Though ownership and the front office have made overtures to keeping Adrian Peterson, the reality is that they are attempting to get him off the team through any means necessary…….the Vikings would not be above cutting Adrian Peterson

    the bad press was a big part of it…….sponsors, public relations and relations with local governments who are contributing in big ways to the stadium building effort. At least one sponsor has high-level executives that care just as much about the moral issues at play as they do the financial impact.

    With a rich draft class at running back, a growing list of running backs hitting free agency and the generally agreed-upon devaluing of the NFL’s running game, it may be difficult to trade Adrian Peterson. Add to that the growing legal uncertainty of Peterson’s playing status, and the Vikings may have to settle for far less.

    In another article, Arif says: “He plays in Dallas, because no where will he find more support from an owner or a fan base—two things that he’s indicated are really big to him.
    ————————-
    You should read his next blog a day later claiming 5 teams are willing to trade for Adrian if he restructures his contract…

  38. In Teddy We Trust says: Mar 9, 2015 12:48 PM

    Trade with Houston for Andre Johnson straight up.
    ______

    The Vikings will get a minimum of a first round pick for him, probably more. If they want Andre Johnson too, for some ridiculous reason, they can sign him as a free agent after he’s cut.

    Please share in detail your delusion of a 1st rd pick and probably more. Who would give up a 1st round pick for the PR nightmare when Murray can be signed for less? Spiller? Not to mention Murray is a better player at this point in their careers.

    Then you have the albatross of a contract to deal with. The guy doesn’t want to play for the Vikings and everyone knows it, once that is out there its just damage control and the Vikings would hope for a mid round pick just to lose that contract.

    These are the typical prognostications that typically have you changing usernames. Last year it was how terrible a move it was to get Peppers.

  39. why would they do this> it was not more than a couple weeks ago you said they wanted to pay him less. they own his rights paying him a good chunk of money. he signed it. its not like there is 2 years or even one year left on it.

  40. It is ludicrous to suggest giving AD anything more than he already has coming to him in his current contract. Whether another team would pay the same or more money for him is irrelevant, other than making it easier to trade him if the Vikings decide to do that.

    I’m a Viking fan and season ticket holder, and count me among the MANY Viking fans who want AD back. He made a mistake, get over it. He’s “property” of the Vikings up to and until some other team offers Rick Spielman and Co. a deal too good to refuse. I certainly wouldn’t part with AD for less than a 1st round pick, and unless it’s a very high 1st rounder, would prefer a 1st plus another pick or a starting caliber player. Hall of Fame talent like AD doesn’t grow on trees. He’s a freak of nature physically with a chip on his shoulder. He is going to run rampant over defenses this season.

  41. Adrian Peterson is under contract with the Minnesota Vikings until the end of 2017 season. If he wants to play in the NFL, he MUST play for the Minnesota Vikings UNLESS they agree to trade him or release him from his contract. No other team can even talk to him about signing a new contract… PERIOD. If he decides to pull a Brett Favre… retire and then come back to play for a new team, that team must trade for him, buy out the existing contract, or get a release from the original team.

    FYI… Green Bay traded Favre to the Jets for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2009 draft and the Jets released Favre that year. The Vikings signed an UFA Favre.

  42. Possibly easy fix: Guarantee this year and next year of his current contract. That’s roughly 27 million guaranteed for two years, affordable given the current RB market and likely far more than any other team will pay him. AP gets the security/cash he wants and the Vikings don’t get saddled with a long term deal. It’s likely AP’s skills won’t nosedive significantly in two seasons, especially since he took the year off in 2014. This also gives Teddy two seasons with AP, a nice crutch as he continues to improve, and allows the Vikes to open their new stadium with their star RB in 2016. If AP is still great by 2017, then you pay him again. If not, you cut him and move on with almost no cap hit.

  43. The Vikings aren’t the worst team of all time. They aren’t perennial losers…they are in 21st place. As there are 20 teams that have won the super bowl and they go ahead of the other teams that haven’t won because of their four chances (i placed them above Buffalo because of a better point differential). So there! The Vikings are #21!!!! Learn your history folks!

  44. I know I’m late on this post, but here goes anyway.
    The Vikings organization has nothing to prove with Peterson. They own the helmet he wears and everything underneath it.
    On the other hand, Peterson has yet to show any meaningful signs of pennance or remorse, other then the League proscribed minimum needed to satisfy his full reinstatement. How’s that story on Adrian dedicating a chunk of his down time for some ‘hands on’ time with his charity?
    Thought so.
    As a longtime Vikings fan, I say this: until AP walks the walk and talks the talk, he’s not worthy of anything more than he is due, with the Vikings or whatever team to which they should decide to send him.
    And in my book, that’s precious damn little.

  45. The Vikings have already sent their GM and Head Coach down to Texas to visit Adrian at his house. This alone is more than they needed to do. They don’t owe him a single dime more than it says on his current contract.

    If money is an issue, it is the Vikings who should be dissatisfied, not Adrian. After all, the Vikings were the ones who shelled out millions of dollars for nothing last year. If I were in his position I would take whatever they pay me this year and be grateful…and silent.

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