Peterson trade would have multiple moving parts

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If the Vikings decide to trade running back Adrian Peterson, the best time to pull off the swap would arrive when the highest pick Minnesota would be receiving is on the clock.  Getting that spot in exchange for Peterson before the draft would operate as a “Hey, everybody, here’s where we may take a running back with that pick!” message to anyone inclined to jump the line.

But that, like so many things, is easier said than done.  To pull off a trade, Peterson’s new team will have to address Peterson’s contract.  Which means that negotiations will have to be finalized before the two teams call the trade in to the league office.  Because once the calls are made and the pick is submitted by the Vikings, it will be too late to go back.

That doesn’t make a trade impossible, but it will require plenty of trust and discretion to keep the Vikings from getting screwed by someone letting the cat out of the bag.  Given everything that has happened between the Vikings and Peterson’s camp in recent weeks (actual, alleged, and/or otherwise), the Vikings may fear that someone will blab.

If the Vikings were the Patriots, the Vikings would tell Peterson’s people that, if word leaks prematurely, the trade simply isn’t happening.  When the Patriots make a claim like that, people tend to comply — because the Patriots tend to mean what they say.  If the Vikings are willing to say it and mean it (and do it if need be), that may be the best way to keep it all quiet until the highest pick the Vikings would be getting is on the clock.

94 responses to “Peterson trade would have multiple moving parts

  1. Whatever the outcome is in the Adrian Peterson situation…

    The Minnesota Vikings will come out on top, like usual.

    It’s what we do.

    It’s why we have 18 Divisonal titles and your team doesn’t.

    It’s simple math really.

    Minnesota + Vikings = Success.

  2. Gentle request: please be more liberal in your use of the subjunctive (regarding verb tenses and hypothetical). Thank you, much appreciated!

  3. And if the Vikings were the Patriots, they would be proud owners of four Lombardi trophies. I sincerely doubt the Vikings have the discipline to pull this off.

  4. When have the Vikings come out on top of a trade? Herschel Walker? Trading away or back for Moss? Patterson trade? Maybe Jared Allen, still need to wait and see on Harvin trade.

    It would be best for the Vikings to trade him away now, so then the Vikings can quit talking about him and then Rick Spielmen can do whatever it he does “Best” which for him usually consists of reaching for players.

  5. With free agency over the only way it’d be worth it to MN trading Adrian is if a team would have Gordon or Gurley to offer, and if a team had either of those guys, there’s no reason to trade them for a 30 year old.

    therefore this is all media fluff, Adrian Peterson isn’t going anywhere …

  6. Or (now this is just a crazy thought, so bear with me) maybe the Vikings aren’t considering taking a running back in the first round. Maybe they wouldn’t mind having other teams think they’re taking a running back so they will be more likely to get the guy they do want.

    Peterson is going to have to work out a new deal with whatever trading partner the Vikings find (unless it’s Jacksonville). It’s just easier if they don’t worry about the cloak and dagger stuff.

  7. The Vikings could match the Packers’ World Championships in 13 years. All they have to do is win 13 in a row.

    The Packers, on the other hand, would have to go another 50 years without winning another one to equal the Vikings current string (and counting) of ineptitude.

  8. “If the Vikings were the patriots “… Lol…According to the troll they have been for decades

  9. “To pull off a trade, Peterson’s new team will have to address Peterson’s contract.”

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    Not to mention his proclivity for beating the crap out 4-year-olds with wooden weapons.

  10. Yes thanks for our three Suberbowl wins in the 90’s Minnesota. You are truly a winner in our book. I hope u enjoyed Herschel.

    Sincerely.
    Jimmy Johnson

  11. Well we will find out on day 2 of the draft when the Cardinals 2nd or 3rd round picks are on the clock.

  12. The trade will be to Dallas:

    Vikings get Dallas 1 st rd and 2nd rd picks

    Dallas gets Peterson and 2nd rd pick

    Spielman gets his annual 2 first round draft picks.

  13. Spielman did a really good job of moving Harvin to Seattle, a 1st, 3rd, and 7th for a player who had tremendous talent but serious off-field/injury concerns. I think that he will do the same here. Maybe not the same compensation for AP since he is older but I do believe Spielman will pull off a 1st for him. I think it’s down to Dallas and Arizona so whoever offers the most will get him.

  14. I don’t know where APeterson lands, but, IMO, it’s pretty clear he’s not playing for the Vikes this yr. It’s gonna be a game of musical chairs between drafting Gurley, Gordon, trading for Peterson or jockeying for position to do any of the above.

  15. Spielman would have to have some pre-draft agreement in place with a prospective team(s) and AP.

    Interesting how the Bucs GM thinks AP is worth a 1st and two 2nd round picks.

    Spielman should have that as minimum compensation for an AP trade, and if he doesn’t get it, then… hey, just keep the MVP for crying out loud.

  16. norseman55 says:
    Apr 13, 2015 7:21 PM
    The trade will be to Dallas:

    Vikings get Dallas 1 st rd and 2nd rd picks

    Dallas gets Peterson and 2nd rd pick

    Spielman gets his annual 2 first round draft picks.
    ____________________

    Which is usually followed by his sub .500 season, because the team lacks well rounded depth and players that fit the system well, because he is constantly sacrificing depth, in hopes to hit a HR with “talent” which he then tries to replace with moves like signing Greg Jennings, Newman or Wallace.

  17. horsepedlr says:
    Apr 13, 2015 6:53 PM
    please cards, don’t get in the middle of this b/s mess.
    ______________________________________
    I wish I could give you 1,000 thumbs up.

  18. thepftpoet says:
    Apr 13, 2015 6:42 PM
    Whatever the outcome is in the Adrian Peterson situation…

    The Minnesota Vikings will come out on top, like usual.

    It’s what we do.

    It’s why we have 18 Divisonal titles and your team doesn’t.

    It’s simple math really.

    Minnesota + Vikings = Success.

    =======================

    lol…lol…lol…lol…

    13 world championships> 18, yawn, Divisional Championships. lol

  19. When have the Vikings come out on top of a trade? Herschel Walker? Trading away or back for Moss? Patterson trade? Maybe Jared Allen, still need to wait and see on Harvin trade.
    _______

    Still need to wait and see on Harvin trade? They got Xavier Rhodes and Jerrick McKinnon for a guy Seattle sent away for a 6th-round pick a year later.

    Maybe Jared Allen? 85.5 sacks in six seasons? What’s a guy got to do? Would it help if I told you the Vikings also got the pick they used to draft John Sullivan in that trade?

    Maybe you should check out both Fran Tarkenton trades. Or how about any trade Spielman has made with Cleveland? And I’d say trading back up into the first round to draft Harrison Smith and Teddy Bridgewater were pretty good trades.

    Now go look up John Hadl, which was a much worse trade than the Herschel Walker trade ever was.

  20. It quite simple…

    – Anderson misses the one FG that really counted after not missing all season long

    – 4, count them, 4 SB loses

    – getting BENT OVER on the Walker trade

    – wrong way Marshall

    ONLY A few laughable moments in just over 50 years of mediocrity at best.

  21. Of course one thing that must happen first, is that Peterson has to be reinstated by Goodell. My guess is he won’t be reinstated until after the draft, which is too late. He plays for the vikings or no one.

  22. Where is the article about Brady bouncing the first pitch at Gilette? What is wrong with the Red Sox? Haven’t they seen enough dink and dunk from Brady to realize they need Edelman or Gronkowski to run a short crossing route in front of home plate?

  23. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Apr 13, 2015 7:08 PM
    The Vikings could match the Packers’ World Championships in 13 years. All they have to do is win 13 in a row.

    The Packers, on the other hand, would have to go another 50 years without winning another one to equal the Vikings current string (and counting) of ineptitude.
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    It’s funny how Packer fans always say they’ve won 13 and the Vikings have won zero superbowls. The Vikings won the 1969 championship game, look it up. So if you’re putting the Packers at 13 then the Vikings are at 1.

  24. Not a Patriot fan but see this like a Corey Dillon situation. Now Corey Dillon was/is no AP but for a few years with the Bengals, Corey was also considered one of the best RB’s in the game. If the Patriots could pull off a deal, anything like they did with Dillon, and get AP to take pay cut for the chance to win a few Super Bowls, watch out. The Patriots could be almost unbeatable with AP in the mix. Scary…

  25. So a Vikings trade partner’s goal is to trade for an older, expensive RB, who they will have for a season or two, so the Vikings can trade for a younger, cheaper RB, who they can have for 5-7 years.
    Why doesn’t the other team just go for the rookie?
    If the team needs a RB to put them over the top, their O-line must be good. So shouldn’t the top rookies be able to run through the holes?

  26. “slippery1 says: Oh Poet, yes, the Packers DO have 14 divisional championships. And oh yeah, 4 Super Bowl wins too.”

    And since you cannot have a Superbowl win unless you are a divisional champion… the pack still has 4 LESS divisional championship wins since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970 (what everyone EXCEPT the cheeseheads call the modern era) than the Vikings do.

  27. Who is down arr-owing 13 WC are greater than 18 Division Titles?

    It really is that simple, to use your words, Thor.

    Must be Viking fans. with their silly Horn , ridiculous face paint, braided hair. Now that is really silly.

    Remember 13 WC are better than 18 Division Titles.

    We don’t count Division Titles in GB, if we did it’s more than 18.

  28. 1)The team that NEEDs a RB (and thus is interested in AP) will already get jumped if there is a team after them that needs a RB and is willing…. whether it is the Vikings or a team like Dallas makes no difference in outcome.
    Note: Since there is a very short list of teams who would even consider making that trade, it doesn’t even give away much information anyways…
    2)A draft day trade only buys the Vikings confidence/insurance in the event that they would ONLY accept that trade IF they can get say A specific player like Gurley.
    3)The benefits seem to be very small, and the risks seem very large. If both sides thought there was a deal that added value, they would be best suited to take that deal immediately rather than risk another scenario pop up on the other team’s side that makes them change their heart.

    The only one that benefits from rumors of a draft day trade is a team speculated to be interested in Adrian, that doesn’t even want a RB as badly as perceived. Like Arizona. They leak rumors, cite “no comment” and then watch a team jump them for a position they have no intention of looking at.

    It really just doesn’t make sense to me. The only reason I could see Vikings waiting to the draft is if they have been honest about not wanting to trade Adrian…. But… They recognize anything can happen. So they may want to keep the door open in the event that one of a very small handful of players in the draft that they have world’s above everyone else falls and they can get them for AP. Even then, I’d imagine they’d be willing to just move a 2nd and 3rd to go get that player…. So why do they need to trade Adrian if they do want to keep them? Maybe if they already have moved up to get a 2nd 1st, and they have an opportunity to get a 3rd “top tier” player…. Like the reverse of Harvin trade when Patterson was available after they already got Shariff Floyd and Xaviar Rhodes in 2013 and could afford to go up and get a 3rd “top tier prospect”…. But that makes the odds of a draft day trade actually happening pretty dang low.

  29. It’s funny how Packer fans always say they’ve won 13 and the Vikings have won zero superbowls. The Vikings won the 1969 championship game, look it up. So if you’re putting the Packers at 13 then the Vikings are at 1.

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    A conference Championship does not equal a World Championship. Apples and Oranges.

    Viking fans can talk and say it does, but no one else is listening.

  30. when all this started I wanted AP to come back. When the NFL created a new imaginary commissioners list I wanted him back. When they hired an employee to be an impartial mediator, I wanted him back. And when they retroactively applied a new policy I wanted him back. Hold him to his contract, Zimmer is building a winner here and the team want him back.

    Make this happen. We fans have earned it.

  31. “granadafan says: Didn’t the Vikings miss their turn in the draft one year?”

    Not exactly. In 2003 the Vikings were forced to make a rare “pass” on their first-round choice, the seventh pick overall, when they were unable to complete a proposed trade with the Baltimore Ravens before the 15-minute time limit lapsed.

    Jacksonville picked QB Byron Leftwich and Carolina selected OT Jordon Gross before the Vikings exercised their pick at the No. 9 slot, choosing DT Kevin Williams.

  32. thepftpoet says:
    Apr 13, 2015 6:42 PM

    Minnesota + Vikings = Success.”

    Still living in the Past since there has been no success in the modern age of the NFL.

    Seriously, the Vikings have not contended since the 70’s and that’s an awfully long stretch to keep making excuses for lots and lots of failures.

    In fact, the Vikings have ended every season since 1969 with a lost so they have been losers in the modern era of the Super Bowl.

    Only an impaired fan could keep ignoring such vast failures and keep dancing around and celebrating ancient history. Good thing most Vikings fans face reality square and not skewed.

  33. World Championship means …end of the line… no more games to be played…. you are the best that season. Period.

    In ’69 the Vikings won a conference championship and the right to go on and LOSE the SB.

    As a 10 year old in Wisconsin, I actually wanted the Vikes to win those SB’s. Man, I am so glad that went south.

    That was before the internet and you annoying Viking trolls.

    I’ll give you credit for something though, because you trolls are annoying I decided to fight fire with fire.

    But, I will state FACTS, not wannabe dribble.

  34. Multiple partners never happen in NFL. Dallas isnt giving up their 1st a 2nd is best case IMO. Didnt play last year and has a ton of miles. I see the same situation in Chicago with Cutler.

  35. worstfranchiseinprofessionalsports says:
    Apr 13, 2015 8:52 PM
    AP and the Vikings deserve each other. Who else would beg a child abuser to stay with their team. You could give Minnesota 3 first round picks and they would still struggle to not finish last in their division.

    They DID have three first round picks and still wound up last in the division.

  36. thepftpoet says:
    Apr 13, 2015 6:42 PM
    Whatever the outcome is in the Adrian Peterson situation…

    The Minnesota Vikings will come out on top, like usual.

    It’s what we do.

    It’s why we have 18 Divisonal titles and your team doesn’t.

    It’s simple math really.

    Minnesota + Vikings = Success.

    91 222

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Come out on top, like usual huh? Let’s fact check your statement for truth…

    You said like “usual” so here are some FACTS on the past 25 seasons (1990 – 2014)

    Vikes 210 wins
    Packers 244 wins

    Vikes 189 losses
    Packers 155 losses

    So the Vikes did come out on top… on top for more losses than the Pack.

    Oh, the Packers have MORE than 18 divisional titles too…

    Oh yeah, I’m a Bears fan too…

    Shall we count Super Bowl wins too? NFL championships before the Super Bowl came into existence?

    Both the Bears and Packers, like USUAL, have MORE than the Vikings…

  37. If AP was going to be traded it was before FA, where they could of used their freed up cash.

    Chances of Draft trade happening, about as much as the skin had to going to the Superbowl a few years back when Florio picked them.

  38. I have every confidence that the vikings will screw this up. Just look at their history.

    His value to the vikings and any other possible team diminishes every month. Reinstatement before the season is not guaranteed. The guy has a losing record as a starter in the NFL and contributes nothing to the passing game.

    All of the vikings opponents want him to stay with the vikings and make the team suffer.

    I think the vikings pay him this season, and cut him next offseason, and get zero compensation.

    Never, ever, underestimate the ability of the vikings to creatively screw up.

  39. The major differences between NFC North Fan Bases:

    Green Bay Packers: Respect everyone but Vikings fans.

    Chicago Bears: Respect everyone but Vikings fans.

    Detroit Lions: Respect everyone but Vikings fans.

    Vikings Fans: Respect no one, expect to be treated like royalty by everyone they encounter, because they have lots of lakes.

  40. The Vikings are in a lose/lose situation as usual. Peterson holds all the leverage because the Vikings drastically overpaid him and now he has ridiculous salaries for the next 3 years.

    Most thought he would be gone after last year due to the salaries. Good luck trying to trade him for a decent draft pick since the team is going to have to also swallow a ton of cap space for a RB that will be on the decline.

    #SKOLOLOLOL

  41. There are too many very good running backs in this draft that are MUCH cheaper to get & lock up 4-5 years & MUCH younger than Peterson with no off field baggage, so I find it very hard to believe a trade for Peterson who is 30 & scheduled to make 12+ million a year for the next 3 years with the Vikes….
    My guess is the best round option for the Vikes to get a pick would be late 2 nd/ early 3rd with an agreement in place with Peterson to take a big pay restructured contract….I have absolutely no idea why Peterson would agree to do that as he would stand to lose millions…
    My guess is he remains a Viking

  42. Is there any proof anywhere or the patriots telling another team not to blab about a trade or is that pure speculation? Honestly cannot think of a similar scenario the patriots were in..

  43. No one is going to trade much of anything for this PR nightmare and his hugely bloated salary. Maybe a 6th or 7th round pick if Peterson takes NFL minimum.

    There’s not a fan base in the country that wants this worm on their team.

  44. Why does every article have to bring forth the same dumb comments about how many Super Bowls, division titles, etc. everybody has? It is so stupid to sit around rehashing the same garbage over and over again. If you like whining like a baby starved for attention, find another outlet or watch soap operas on TV because you all sound like 15 year old Kardashian girls, not football fans. Have some pride.

    About the Peterson deal… you know, what the article is actually about(!), I have to believe there are wheels in motion as we speak but I fully expect Peterson to remain a Viking. Contrary to some of your beliefs, these GMs are not idiots and they will explore every angle but I just believe his contract is just going to prove to much of a hurdle. Right now, as a Vikings fan I think I will be happy with either outcome. I want Peterson back but believe that Spielman will pull the trigger if they can get value and think turning that pick into a two headed attack featuring McKinnon and one of the top backs in the draft would be fantastic.

  45. In this thread I’ve seen only a couple of Vike trolls to countless Packer trolls. It’s this way most of the time.

    I think Packer fans are just taking out their off season frustration (Packers choked big time-NFC C game) on rival fans that are normally passive (MN nice).

    It’s ok, it’s cool. You’re even learning how to type and spell correct teaches you spelling as well, this is a good thing.

  46. Peterson isn’t gong anywhere. The best time to trade Peterson was when the FA period started. Everyone has plenty of money and cap space. If they didn’t trade him in the 1st week. They weren’t going to trade him at all. Its just that simple people. Media Keeps coming up with stupid scenario’s that wont happen. Get over it. Peterson will be playing for the Minnesota Vikings next year.

  47. zygizag says:
    Apr 13, 2015 9:23 PM
    If AP was going to be traded it was before FA, where they could of used their freed up cash.

    Chances of Draft trade happening, about as much as the skin had to going to the Superbowl a few years back when Florio picked them.
    _______________

    No it wasn’t going to happen, it’s going to be hard enough to find a team willing to take his contract, and it won’t be at the Vikings desired price either.

    If a team traded for AP, before he was even REINSTATED that GM should get tossed out of his office like the Bouncers do at the clubs.

  48. So what is Dallas going to do? We all know McFadden is not a starting RB in the NFL and everyone knows if Gordon is available at 26 someone will jump in front of Dallas and take him. Gurley doesn’t help Dallas as he will sit most of the year in rehab, which isn’t going well. So next comes the 2nd round pick and again teams know Dallas will be even more desperate for a RB and again maneuver to get ahead if they want a RB leaving Dallas to reach or wait another round.

    I see no way that Dallas doesn’t take the sure thing in Peterson. He is a proven difference maker and behind that OL would be unstoppable. Spielman will get the 27th pick and a bit more for AP.

  49. I’d like to see the Vikes to trade AP, not because i’m a Pack fan but I think the Vikes need to move on from him. They are improving and I think the AP thing is just getting old, and they don’t need all the headaches that AP will bring this year. Just my opinion.

  50. I just don’t see the Cards trading for him, unless the Vikings are willing to pay 70% of his salary. The Cardinals’ cap situation is too tight right now.

  51. What’s more pathetic, a Packer fan worrying about what NFCN fan base respects the other, or that such misplaced importance is made while repeatedly trolling the articles of the team of the opposing team’s fan base he claims doesn’t deserve respect?

  52. squidlips82 says:
    Apr 13, 2015 8:38 PM

    It’s funny how Packer fans always say they’ve won 13 and the Vikings have won zero superbowls. The Vikings won the 1969 championship game, look it up. So if you’re putting the Packers at 13 then the Vikings are at 1.

    ———————————

    A conference Championship does not equal a World Championship. Apples and Oranges.

    Viking fans can talk and say it does, but no one else is listening.

    duece5 says:

    Ummmm….wow, packer fans have to be the most ignorant fans in the world.

    The Vikings won the NFL CHAMPIONSHIP in 1969, as there were 2 leagues then.

    The merger happened the next year.

    So, it was a CHAMPIONSHIP, not a conference championship.

    Good grief………know your NFL dude!!!!!!

  53. Pats would never go after Peterson… They got Blount, Gray & Gaffney, White, Cadet, Boldin for less than Peterson combined… A lot less… I don’t even see the Pats going after a running back in this years draft either even though all the pundits think they will

  54. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Apr 13, 2015 7:59 PM

    Still need to wait and see on Harvin trade? They got Xavier Rhodes and Jerrick McKinnon for a guy Seattle sent away for a 6th-round pick a year later.

    Maybe Jared Allen? 85.5 sacks in six seasons? What’s a guy got to do? Would it help if I told you the Vikings also got the pick they used to draft John Sullivan in that trade?
    ________

    OK so the Vikings traded Harvin whom they drafted in the 1st round, but was failed so bad as a player, they “need” to come out ahead?

    I was thinking maybe wait another season before crowning Rhodes as a GREAT Db, He is a solid player, but so was Kalil his first few seasons after being drafted, but you’re right in the sense that Harvin is so awful that yeah the Vikings came out ahead.

    The Allen trade worked out for both teams, its not as if the Vikings hosed the Chiefs though. I believe the Chiefs got B. Albert, and J. Charles. Nothing wrong with the Allen trade, they gave up a 1st and 3rd for someone to play 5-6 seasons., he played great during them.

    I was refering to coming out AHEAD though. Like when they traded their 2nd and 4th round pcisk to the Eagles to draft Tyrell Jackson… while the Eagles used that pick draft DeSean Jackson.

  55. Go ahead and play out the trade see what happens. but, DO NOT GET RID OF HIM!
    he’s going to be Jim Brown, Walter Payton
    and Barry Sanders all in one.
    He going to be a one man army. We can ride him all the way to the big game. Remember few years back . he single handily ran over Green Bay to get us to the play offs. 11 yards short of the record.
    He had the bad news bear blocking for him.
    See Spielman the last few years drop the ball on getting the Vikings offense linemen. We still are in need of linemen that can block!
    Our line put Brent Farve into retirerment forever. Every quarterback since look like a train wreck. if it wasn’t for Norv Turners play calling
    “he the best in the business” Teddy wouldn’t done as well. You want to get rid of someone get rid of Spielman. If he can’t see we have no line, he no help for us… Peterson needs no line.

  56. Counting the vikings as a championship winner in the era of Super Bowls is about a ridiculous a statement as they come. There is not a person that doesn’t recognize the Jets as the Champions or Super Bowl winners in 69. Looks like some dueced all over them self again.

  57. Even up trade for Doug Martin. It replaces him for the Vikings, and the lack of including a pick compensates the Bucs for the contract.

    Simple as that. And give Martin a solid oline and he’ll get 1500-2000 yards per season. Younger too.

    Bucs drafted Sims last year, so they might be open to this.

  58. I predict Peterson will either be traded tomorrow upon reinstatement, or the day of the draft.

    Packer fans are always talking about delusional Viking fans…well I’d rather be ‘delusional’ than completely ignorant. Stop regurgitating what you hear other ignorant packers say and actually look up the statistics.

    Noone cares about pre 1970 as the leagues were separate, talent pool was shallow, and competition mediocre.

    Since the “Modern era” (1970) Greenbay has only won 2 super bowls…in 45 years. Who cares how that compares to the Vikings, it’s not impressive or worth bragging about!

    And your arguments are about the franchise itself, not about the teams in specific years…so what’s the best way to compare how one division team stacks against another? Division titles.

    Vikings 16
    Packers 13

    How about another stat: The Vikings have never gone more than 8 years without winning a division. The packers have gone: 10 years and 13 years between their division titles. Wow, what a strong franchise! Takes you over a decade to become relevant again when the wheels come off. Better hope Rodgers finds the fountain of youth or you packer trolls are gonna have nothing to do on the web.

  59. ok for those so full of thier teams championships here is a small history lesson. first off between 1920 and 1932 thier was no championship game in the nfl champions where crowned by the league. ask the pottsville penna maroons who where awarded the 1925 nfl championship only to have it stripped away for playing a game vs notre dame alums. so if your team won any championship in this era .(poke poke)packer fams the stf up. from 1932 to 1969 the nfl tile was decided by the nfl championship game. please note that though the jets and chiefs won sbs 3 and 4 they have yet to win an nfl title because the first 4 super bowls where more like exhibution games. and if the colts and vikings had won those games some of the nfls old guard owners where ready to scuttle the merger.(actualy it would not have been a good idea to do so imo because todays nfl is the best and most waited for sport in the usa. so yes the vikings lost sb 4 but they still own the last nfl title not won in a super bowl. after super bowl 4 the colts steelers and browns where designated to the newly formed afc to give each confrance 13 teams.1977 saw an expansion to 28 teams with the bucs joining the afc central for one season and the seahawks in the nfc west.and in 78 the seahawks joined the afc west and the bucs joiined the nfc central and also two preseason games where dropped and two reg season games where added. expansions in 95 ,99 and 01 gave the present total of teams. oh btw to the good people of minn some where in someones attic in minn or shed or garage sits the 1969 nfl championship trophy. please find it .

  60. In 1966, NFL and AFL agreed to merge and play an ultimate championship game between the two leagues entitled “NFL-AFL World Championship Game.”

    The merger however didn’t formally take place until 1970. Because of this the NFL-AFL championship games unofficially became an additional qualifying round in the playoffs, as there was still one more game to play in the season for the winner of the AFL-NFL championship games.

    Officially these games were still main championship in each league, but with the creation of the NFL-AFL World Championship game, it eventually would be known as Super Bowl.

    Inclusion of these eight AFL-NFL Championship games is problematical in overall listing of Most World Championships/League championships, therefore they are not included in the overall records.

    Got it? In other words….if Minnesota fans insist on taking credit for one championship game, then credit must also be given to Green Bay for two additional championships earned in the same season as their first two SuperBowl victories.

    That would give Green Bay (15) Championships, not (13)

    Are you good with that? Let me hear you say it.

  61. FlashPatterson says:
    Apr 13, 2015 8:24 PM

    It’s funny how Packer fans always say they’ve won 13 and the Vikings have won zero superbowls. The Vikings won the 1969 championship game, look it up. So if you’re putting the Packers at 13 then the Vikings are at 1.

    ………………………………………………………………………………………….

    1929,1930,1931,1936,1939,1944,1961,1962,1965,1966,1967,1996,2010=13 championships. If you want to use Minnesota math, the Packers have 15 championships. 2 in 1966 and 2 in 1967. Got it now?

  62. purplepackerhater says:
    Apr 14, 2015 11:19 AM

    How about another stat: The Vikings have never gone more than 8 years without winning a division. The packers have gone: 10 years and 13 years between their division titles. Wow, what a strong franchise! Takes you over a decade to become relevant again when the wheels come off. Better hope Rodgers finds the fountain of youth or you packer trolls are gonna have nothing to do on the web.
    …………………………………………………………………………………………..

    How about one more stat: The Packers have never gone more than 50 plus years without a Championship.

  63. Back to the subject at hand, I hope Peterson remains with the Vikings till he retires.

    Then he will share some similarities with Barry Sanders, the best RB of his era and yet only played in a handful of playoff games and never came close to appearing in a Superbowl.

    Just goes to show you the true value of a RB, no matter the era.

  64. Peterson is afraid it is Bridgewater’s team now,
    He isn’t going to be the star of the team any longer.

  65. To the Viking (Of which I am one) and Packer fans… take your cry baby bitchy quarrels about who is the greatest back in the bedroom. The rest of us are sick of reading that the Vikings are the “best franchise ever” and the “Packers have won all the Lombardi trophy’s ever made”.

    We get it… you disagree. Now move on!

  66. In the NFL, PAST Championships mean exactly……
    NOTHING. All that counts is how good you are Right NOW….
    So to all you Packer Fans out there, that keep saying,
    “THE OLDER WE GET, THE BETTER WE WERE”
    See you on the turf this fall.
    Bragging rights reset every Fall.

  67. Has anyone looked at his salary/cap hit for the next 3 years…. Freakin JOKE!!! Nobody with 1/2 a brain stem would trade for him under his current contract….that said, we have Jerrah Jones on line one lol!!!

  68. Raiders have the money, Cowboys don’t.
    Just don’t give up our first round pick for him. Pretty old for a back with a big contract. Second round pick and take over contract. 4th pick is for Cooper and offense is done. Rest picks used to rebuild whole Defense !

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