Vikings remain intent on keeping Peterson, unless blown away by an offer

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When it comes to running back Adrian Peterson, the Vikings have three options:  (1) keep him and try to make him happy; (2) keep him regardless of whether he’s happy; or (3) trade him.

The Vikings have adopted the position that they’ll keep Peterson regardless of whether he’s happy, and it doesn’t appear to be a ruse aimed at coaxing a greater offer via trade.  The Vikings want Peterson, and they’re confident that the passage of time will smooth over any ruffled feathers.

That said, it’s possible that someone will make them a trade offer that gets Minnesota’s attention — under the same theory pursuant to which any player on any team is, in theory, available via trade. If another team puts enough picks and/or players on the pile, even an untouchable player will be asked to pack his bags.

In this case, that’s not expected to happen.  A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that a recent report that they’d want a first-round pick and a starting cornerback isn’t accurate, which suggests it would take even more than that to even begin to get the Vikings to consider making the deal.

And for good reason.  Absent a package that will have the same impact on the Vikings that Peterson could have in 2015, given an improving defense and a young franchise quarterback distributing the ball to a respectable complement of receivers, the Vikings have no reason to make a deal.

Look for plenty of noise and agitation about a possible trade over the next 10 days, with the possibility that someone will decide to put together a modern-day Herschel Walker-type package.  Absent that, the Vikings likely will keep Peterson’s rights and hope that he eventually realizes that his best move will be to honor his contract, accept $13 million, and resume his chase for the all-time rushing record, which remains 8,165 yards away.

Which requires five seasons of, on average, 1,633 yards per year.  That’s a total Peterson has surpassed only twice in his career.

Based on how he performed in 2012 after tearing an ACL on Christmas Eve of 2011, it wouldn’t be wise to ever bet against Peterson.  But if he plans to prove the doubters wrong and if the Vikings plan to keep him for the next three seasons, Peterson’s best bet will be to stay put and to play hard.

126 responses to “Vikings remain intent on keeping Peterson, unless blown away by an offer

  1. nice try Min but you arnt getting more than a 3rd for a age 30 RB. even though i think AP can still be great and probably for a few more years everybody knows he wants out and he has baggage now, that means the price goes down.

  2. Either way, I still haven’t heard AP apologize for his part in any of this mess. At some point he needs to take on some of the burden of extending the olive branch….. No pun intended

  3. He doesn’t want to be there why are the Vikings fighting this. That being said trade him to an AFC team not on the Vikings schedule this year. Why reward him by sending him to Dallas ?

  4. Thank you Mike for not sensationalizing what is just plain fact! The Vikings hold all the cards and Adrian can either play or sit down and shut up. His agent (the little runt) has not helped client with all bulls**t that he has offered up. It won’t work.

    Cowboys I hope you tamper and get caught! Other than that, offer up a Herschel in reverse or no deal. Jerry also holds no cards!

  5. Just wait until after the draft when every team thinks they hit the jackpot. Then there will be at least one team that thinks they’re an Adrian Peterson away from winning the super bowl. That’s when the Vikings will get the most value in a trade. The Vikings’ fans can’t stomach a child abuser. Maybe a more conservative city will feel like their fan base and sponsors will accept him.

  6. In other words other teams apparently value character and want nothing to do with a child abuser so minnihaha stuck with him and his bloated contract.

  7. Yes agreed, no reason to move him. Ball is in the Vikings court. Their QB will be better protected with AP in the backfield anyhow.
    Unless a first is offered, AP will be in purple.

  8. Sorry but I do not care how elite AP is….The bottom line is that he is 30 years old and has already experienced major knee problems. How much is any team going to give up for 2 or maybe 3 really good years especially when you take his big contract into consideration? With all of the backs coming out this year it simply is not worth it.

  9. You know, all this hoopla about Adrian Peterson is not only getting old, but it is REAL old.

    Let’s move on to something important – – – like how is his child doing? How about the mother? Will AP need to have a chaperone when (and if) he visits his son? Will Hennepin County Child Protective Services even let him near his child?

    Some things, folks, are infinitely more important than Adrian Peterson and whether or not he will join the Vikings.

  10. This is actually a great thing for the Vikings.
    Trade him for mucho picks to an older playoff ready team

    Win-win-win situation for everyone!

  11. Florio,

    Everyday? Really? Why is necessary to put in an Adrian Peterson thread every single day. When there is something to report, write it! #tired of the speculation

  12. tokyosandblaster says:
    Apr 20, 2015 9:43 PM
    Well, they’d just screw up any draft picks, like they ALWAYS do.

    You just killed any chance of this post being intelligence driven with the very first comment. You must be proud.

  13. Translation: Peterson will be arriving in Dallas to start training camp on time, for the Cowboys.

  14. This is a classic smoke screen tactic to try to get the best deal. The only problem is nobody is buying into it. Its like a poker game when the two people in cahoots with each other are the only ones raising the ante. Big deal how big the pot gets, they will be splitting their own money.

    Same thing here, the Vikings can talk about how much they want and if nobody is listening, they are only playing with themselves (as apt point of reference for the majority of Viking fans)

  15. Interesting how the Cowboys sign a player accused of domestic assault even though evidence shows he’s more than likely innocent and they’re dogged by media and fans alike and Minnesota is determined to hang on to a child abuser and there’s no backlash whatsoever from it. I’m confused is child abuse a crime too? Or is playing for Dallas the only true crime in you people’s eyes?

  16. For those who think its crazy to think AP is worth a 1st round pick, I agree. At 30 no runner is worth that (even a freaky good player like AP). His being worth a 1st isn’t the point. The point is, that anything less than a 1st and he is more valuable to the Vikings than what they would get in return. So as the article implies, unless someone gives up the farm, its worth it to keep him even if he doesn’t like it. Why reward him after all he put the team thru last year by giving him what he wants??

  17. Patriots? Laugh if you want but they rented Browner and Revis for a year. Took on an aging Randy Moss for a few years. Corey Dillon was no spring chicken when they rode him on the way to a SB. Picking late in the first and other GMs are saying there’s not a full round of first round talent to go around. Will definitely open things up on offense and help keep the downgraded D off the field. Probably won’t happen but I don’t think anybody can say it doesn’t make sense.

  18. contra74 says:
    Apr 20, 2015 10:08 PM
    tokyosandblaster says:
    Apr 20, 2015 9:43 PM
    Well, they’d just screw up any draft picks, like they ALWAYS do.

    You just killed any chance of this post being intelligence driven with the very first comment. You must be proud.

    —-

    I am. But you’re the best at it. I must admit.

  19. Unfortunately, nobody is going to blow the Vikings away with a trade offer greater than a 4th round pick at best for a 30 year old RB with a contract that vastly overpays him.

  20. The Minnesota Vikings history begins and ends with Grandpa talking about the glory years. Where the Vikings set a record for SB losses by an NFL team and came away with 0 World Championships.

    In the last decade, the Packers have won more playoff games than the Vikings have participated in.

    SKOLOLOLOL

  21. minneanderthals says:
    Apr 20, 2015 10:25 PM
    contra74 says:
    Apr 20, 2015 10:08 PM
    tokyosandblaster says:
    Apr 20, 2015 9:43 PM
    Well, they’d just screw up any draft picks, like they ALWAYS do.

    You just killed any chance of this post being intelligence driven with the very first comment. You must be proud.

    —-

    I am. But you’re the best at it. I must admit.

    Wait a minute, did minneanderthals just admit to being tokyosandblaster?????

  22. The Vikings can’t really lose here. If they keep him, they have the best RB in the NFL with at least one big-time season left in him. If they trade him, it will be for a nice haul that sets them up for the future. I prefer the trade, but if no one wants to pony up the picks, no problem. He’ll play and he’ll like it.

  23. The Vikings are annoying, their fan base, their ugly and girly uniforms, their owner and GM. They should just be removed from the NFL. Zero Superbowls, zero respect, zero class = terrible franchise.

  24. I choose door #2. AP will deserve to be cared about when he shows he has become a better human being through this experience. Until that point, the least he can do is show gratitude to the team that continued to pay him a stupid amount of money to NOT play last year while he dealt with the legal issues with beating a child.

  25. I’ve often wondered, when a troll comes up with what he thinks is a comment that is so clever that it must be repeated over and over again on every story involving the hated rival, does he keep a file open at all times so he can copy and paste as quickly as possible, or does he just write it on his hand and retype it each time?

  26. Great Caesar’s Ghost says:
    Apr 20, 2015 10:32 PM
    He’d be a pretty good backup to Lacy and Kuhn. Goal line threat.

    Good one.. Adrian has already gained more yards than ANY Packer in the history of your franchise and he’s not done yet.
    The only thing Green Bay is good for?… Another 450-500 yds rushing for Adrian this year.

  27. He just said he’s more than happy to come back if Vikes guarantee the majority of the remainder of his contract. I’m done, will take a 3rd and be happy to be rid of him. See ya, AD!

  28. ^^^^^That’s rich, they HAD the best RB in the NFL. If he doesn’t want to be there he will not run like the best RB in the NFL. And time is gone for any team to trade the farm for a RB on the wrong side of 30. He might play, but he won’t like it.

  29. Dallas does not need Adrian and his huge cap hit, even with a restructured deal. Viking could keep Peterson but will he be motivated? How would the Vikings look after an unmotivated 1100 yrd season from Peterson? What would his value be then, especially with the huge cap hit in 2016? Can you see any team paying more than a 4th for a 31 yr old running back.

  30. I think the Vikes will take a no. 2, but that won’t even happen if Peterson doesn’t cut his salary in half. Barring that, the Vikes will have to go 2015 devoting 1/10 of the cap to nuthin.

  31. The Minnesota Vikings history begins and ends with Grandpa talking about the glory years. Where the Vikings set a record for SB losses by an NFL team and came away with 0 World Championships.

    In the last decade, the Packers have won more playoff games than the Vikings have participated in.

    SKOLOLOLOL

  32. “does he keep a file open at all times so he can copy and paste as quickly as possible, or does he just write it on his hand and retype it each time?”

    Technologically sophisticated people do neither. You should try google docs.

  33. joker65 says:
    Apr 20, 2015 10:33 PM
    minneanderthals says:
    Apr 20, 2015 10:25 PM
    contra74 says:
    Apr 20, 2015 10:08 PM
    tokyosandblaster says:
    Apr 20, 2015 9:43 PM
    Well, they’d just screw up any draft picks, like they ALWAYS do.

    You just killed any chance of this post being intelligence driven with the very first comment. You must be proud.

    —-

    I am. But you’re the best at it. I must admit.

    Wait a minute, did minneanderthals just admit to being tokyosandblaster?????

    ()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()(()()()()()()()()()()()())()()()
    YES!

  34. Vikes want to move him or they would not have listed a price. Problem is there are only 1 to 2 interested team and neither are offering anything close to a 1st Rd pick. His salary is too high and he’s on the wrong side of 30. Peterson has leverage because he will only restructure for a team he wants to go to. I’m guessing 4th from az will get it done.

    Vikes fans, would u give up your 1st and xavier Rhodes and 15m per year salary cap for Fitzgerald?

  35. So, when the Vikings traded Harvin 3 years ago, Harvin felt like he strong armed them into trading him. What did the Vikings Get? More than what Seattle ever got back from him. Minnesota holds the cards with Peterson! Peterson can make things difficult for the Vikings, but that will only make it difficult for himself as well. Teams don’t want a player that is all himself and is over 30 no matter what postion. Minnesota is willing to pay him 12.5 million to not even play if that is his descion. They are smart about the cap and not screw their future like many teams like Dallas. Minnesota can not play him and still be 10+ million under the salary cap to bring in players that want to play and understand it is not all about him. But like Minnesota said, blow us away with a trade and we may listen. but until then. Stop assuming what we are going to do!!!

  36. Keep dreaming Brodie07. Harvin was young and was under contract for cheap. Peterson is old for a RB and has a contract that vastly overpays him. No team is going to give up anything of significance with that working against them for a player that MIGHT have 1 decent season left in him.

  37. If they find a team desperate enough to give them a first rounder, they’ll jump on it like Zach Parise on a loose puck in the slot. Yes, MN has a pro hockey team for our pre-NFL draft entertainment. Meanwhile, to the east they’re reading up on on-side kick-off coverage strategy.

  38. joker65 says:
    Apr 20, 2015 10:33 PM
    minneanderthals says:
    Apr 20, 2015 10:25 PM
    contra74 says:
    Apr 20, 2015 10:08 PM
    tokyosandblaster says:
    Apr 20, 2015 9:43 PM
    Well, they’d just screw up any draft picks, like they ALWAYS do.

    You just killed any chance of this post being intelligence driven with the very first comment. You must be proud.

    —-

    I am. But you’re the best at it. I must admit.

    Wait a minute, did minneanderthals just admit to being tokyosandblaster?????

    —–
    Wow, epic mistake on his part. Now if only we could get him to make a post in one of the other 5 accounts.

    You just outed yourself Tokyo/minneanderthal/gerbschmidt/etc.

    Can’t wait to hear him explain his way out of this one.

    Just like his packers, he choked his aliases away.

  39. If they mean “blown away” a 2nd and a 4th or 5th… then yeah I could see it happening.

    Anyone willing to use a first on a RB, could likely have their pick between Gordon or Gurley. Who are young, cheaper, less baggage, sure they may not be as big of a “impact” player. Peterson played 1 game since Jan 2014.

    Who knows if he still has it? What kind of shape is he in? Has he been smoking and eating Doritos for the last 16 months?

  40. purpleguy, nobody cares about hockey. It is nice that you have something to hang your hat on. Lord knows it is not the Vikings who play in the MOST popular sports league.

    I live in Minnesota and even here the average person doesn’t really give a rip about the Wild or hockey compared to the NFL. Unless they are doing well, but MN has the biggest bandwagon fans around. Three cheers for the Minnesota Lynx!!!

  41. “Who knows if he still has it? What kind of shape is he in? Has he been smoking and eating Doritos for the last 16 months?”

    Well he has already publicly admitted to smoking weed. So the team also has to weigh the risk of him testing positive on a drug test.

  42. AP has at least 2 good seasons left, 1 more monster season, like 1,800 this year or next from him. The vikes hold all the cards. We can play him, worst case scenario. If someone gives us a starting corner and their 1st, then he’s out, if I couldn’t get that, I’d do nothing. He’s worth that to the Vikes. I wouldn’t mind seeing AP and Teddy for one year.

  43. Wow I get 20 thumbs down and 4 thumbs up for simply stating what is obviously the truth? Shows just how many of you clowns on here actually care about facts when giving your opinion and how many of y’all can’t get past your hatred for the Cowboys.

  44. And the trolls are so damn jealous bc either way Vikings will be very good with or without AP. With AP Vikes will be very good, trade AP? We get very good players to help this team and we’re very good. so no matter what we are stock with greatness. Skol!!!

  45. Vikes 7-9 without their star player. Packers *might* do that well without Rodgers. At this point, I think the Vikes should cut bait on the guy and ride out the rebuild.

    In any circumstance, however, I think it’s hilarious how badly the packers fans sweat the Vikings.

  46. I remember when everyone said the Vikings would never get a 1st round pick for Percy Harvin… Spielman is very good at standing his ground in order to get more than expected in a trade. That said, I still think AP stays in Minnesota

  47. codythao35 says:
    Apr 20, 2015 11:44 PM
    And the trolls are so damn jealous bc either way Vikings will be very good with or without AP. With AP Vikes will be very good, trade AP? We get very good players to help this team and we’re very good. so no matter what we are stock with greatness. Skol!!!
    _____________

    Actually with or without AP the last 5 years they have been 31-48-1. That isn’t impressive in my book, maybe Min. can get to .500 this season, but Theodore needs to make some strides as a QB.

  48. Missing last year very likely cost him any chance at the all-time rushing yards mark. He’s have to put up 5 monsters years, all but 1 or 2 well beyond when RB’s usually begin to slow down. He missed last year, so his body is relatively fresh, but he still has a ton of career carries

    If it was a total of 6500 or so, I’d still think he had a better than 50/50 shot at it. Over 8k, at his age….I don’t see it happening unless he has a few years tacked on at the end where he is a shell of himself, and is basically just playing to chase the record. But unless he stays in Minny, I’m not sure many teams would want to keep him around at a vet salary for that reason (I’m sure Minny would if he is a career Viking)

  49. of course they want to keep him. This is yet another reason why the Vikings are the most inept team both on and off the field in pro sports history. What ever decision the Vikings make on this matter you can rest assured it will be the wrong one.

  50. I don’t blame the Vikes for playing hardball with Peterson and trying to get the best deal possible for him. The team did nothing wrong here. He is a serial child abuser and should be in prison in my opinion. The authorities let him off easy because he is a NFL player. In the end if I was Minnesota I would take the best offer I could get on draft day and part ways with the scum bag maggot. I hope some day somebody that outweighs him 4:1 and is twice as tall as he is decides to beat him like he beat those poor defenseless children and stuffs some leaves down his throat so he can feel how it is to be abused! The man is a useless piece of human garbage!

  51. I find it humorous that people say that Peterson is vastly overpaid. This is purely driven by the media perception that the running back position has become devalued in what has become termed as a passing league.

    This is just one of many trends that come and go in the NFL. All it takes is one team to demonstrate a winning strategy focused on a strong running game and an average passing game, and running backs will be in vogue again with their salary range matching.

    It was once thought that receivers and cornerback weren’t worth huge salaries as they only occupied a third of the field on any given play, and receivers perhaps touched the ball 10 times at most during a game. Running backs who were given the ball 25 times a game and who are deemed successful, were paid accordingly.

    I am certain this will happen again in the future, especially if we have a few drafts with players a talented on the field as Lynch and Peterson.

  52. A few lukewarm games don’t remotely make Bridgewater a “franchise quarterback.” At this point, he’s somewhere behind Zachary Mettenburger and Ryan Tannehill….good? Maybe. Way too early to tell.

  53. The fact they are even entertaining offers means the process is going on to trade him. Imagine the Packers saying something like what the Vikings said if it was Aaron Rodgers. They simply would tell the other teams to buzz off. It’s like the old sarcasm,’we’ve already established what you are, now lets negotiate a price”.
    With a bounty of good running backs available in the draft this year(and they didn’t do bad last year without him–another factor in this–why pay him?) they will make a trade soon.

  54. touchdownroddywhite says:
    Apr 20, 2015 10:22 PM

    Patriots? Laugh if you want but they rented Browner and Revis for a year. Took on an aging Randy Moss for a few years. Corey Dillon was no spring chicken when they rode him on the way to a SB. Picking late in the first and other GMs are saying there’s not a full round of first round talent to go around. Will definitely open things up on offense and help keep the downgraded D off the field. Probably won’t happen but I don’t think anybody can say it doesn’t make sense.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    You’re assuming that GMs in the league don’t know the value of a 1st round pick in the first ten is more than one in the last ten. Bad assumption.

  55. nice try Min but you arnt getting more than a 3rd for a age 30 RB. even though i think AP can still be great and probably for a few more years
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    You already contradicted yourself.

  56. 33vikes says:
    Apr 20, 2015 11:57 PM
    Good. He makes the team better. Which is all that matters.
    ——
    Bingo. I don’t want anybody offering a 2nd round pick and the Vikings even thinking about it. Blow us away or go away. I want the guy back.

  57. You can’t GM with emotion. Fans can talk all they want about “just dump the guy”, but that’s just emotion talking.

    The team is simply better with him. Teddy will develop faster with him. The Vikings will win more games with him than any first round draft choice.

    But, what 99% of the people here don’t even think about is, the Vikings will just pocket that $15 mil in cap space if he is traded right now. There is nobody out there to use it on.

    So…it makes absolutely no sense to trade him right now. None. Your team doesn’t get better. You can’t spend the cap money. His value is at an all time low. If the team really wants to trade him, you wait until next off season, after he has posted 1,500 yards and 14 TD’s. Then you use that cap space to sign 2 very good players. And you get draft picks for 2016.

  58. Vikings fans may have Grandpa to tell them about the good old days, but if Lions fans want someone to tell them about their last NFL championship, they’re going to have to pull out a Ouija board.

  59. SKOL-LOLOLOL says:
    Apr 20, 2015 11:34 PM
    “Who knows if he still has it? What kind of shape is he in? Has he been smoking and eating Doritos for the last 16 months?”

    Well he has already publicly admitted to smoking weed. So the team also has to weigh the risk of him testing positive on a drug test.
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    No he hasn’t. A court employee who was seeking attention stated AP made a flippant remark about “smoking a little weed”. While not a good time to be joking, IF he said it, it wasn’t fact.

    And if anybody thinks he’s been sitting around eating Doritos, like the guy above obviously has been doing, then you haven’t been paying attention. Numerous players have come out saying AP is in the best shape of his career. Squatting 400 lbs and ready to tear defenses a new one.

  60. It always amuses me when people say AP could just fake an injury, or maybe hasn’t been working out, or that he will just quit on the team.

    All that tells me every time is that the person writing that post is lazy and would steal from his employer at any chance he can get. But sure, go ahead and judge somebody else, while your mind is coming up with ways that he should cheat the system.

  61. Here’s the problem: The Vikings want a Herschel Walker type trade for a non-Herschel Walker type player.
    Herschel was 27 and had legitimately lined up at seven different positions for the Cowboys. SEVEN!
    AP is 30, has been out for a year and lines up at maybe two positions.
    He is a top five RB but you’re not going to cash-in like the Cowboys did.

  62. ebdug says:
    Apr 20, 2015 10:57 PM
    I think the Vikes will take a no. 2, but that won’t even happen if Peterson doesn’t cut his salary in half. Barring that, the Vikes will have to go 2015 devoting 1/10 of the cap to nuthin.
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    That’s like saying teams like the Packers, Broncos, Patriots, etc. devote too much of their cap to “nuthin”. When in reality, all those teams devote a large salary to their best player on their roster.

    I also like when people say “I think the Vikes will take….”. Based on what? Reading PFT? No, because even PFT doesn’t think that’s the price. What you mean to say is; “I know absolutely nothing about pro football and being a GM, but my bias against AP means I would take almost anything in a trade for him”.

  63. bbwasright says:
    Apr 20, 2015 10:46 PM
    I choose door #2. AP will deserve to be cared about when he shows he has become a better human being through this experience.
    ——
    What on earth are you talking about? Better human being? Is that why you watch the NFL? Sure, we don’t want any player running amok and afoul of the law non-stop in our community (AP didn’t do that), but are you kidding me with this “better human being” bologna?

    It’s football. Some people seem to forget that, so let me repeat myself. It…is…just…football. You don’t like it? Simply don’t watch. You want to make a moral stand? Give up the NFL and just spend time with your family. Lots of people do it. As for me, I’ll be rooting for anybody that plays on my team.

  64. bonniebengal says:
    Apr 16, 2015 5:30 PM
    I wish the Vikings would win a Super Bowl just to shut these Packer trolls up
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    I can help you. Take any NFL video game, select Super Bowl, select two player option. Select the Vikings with your controller, let the other controller sit. Maybe you can win by 3. There’s your (only) Super Bowl victory. SKOL………….

  65. Great Caesar’s Ghost says:
    Apr 20, 2015 10:32 PM
    He’d be a pretty good backup to Lacy and Kuhn. Goal line threat.
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    These are the posts that confuse me the most. What is the purpose? Humor? Even the most die hard of Viking trolls don’t post that Rodgers could be Teddy’s backup.

    BTW: no other NFL team wanted Kuhn. He signed for the vet minimum. He’s not much more than a training camp body. Now, Lacy is a fairly decent RB, but he isn’t close to AP. Not sure he is even top 10 in the NFL. Again….decent, but your team is still 4-12 with Lacy and without Rodgers.

  66. Vikings fans are delusional. Any team that figures that he is all they need for a Super Bowl doesn’t have the cap room to accommodate his salary. The only teams that can afford him are the ones without a franchise QB and we all know they aren’t going anywhere, with or without him. 1400 yards a season with a whole bunch of those piled up in garbage time. So, basically $1000 a yard, if he stays healthy. Uhh, no thanks.

  67. I hear a lot of people screaming about trade Peterson to Cowboys. What Cowboys willing to give up? Do they have the cap to lure Peterson – $10M-$12M per year? In that case, Cowboys couldn’t afford their 2015 1st, 2nd drafts picks and maybe give up their future 1st round draft pick. Is Cowboys willing to go through with this for a RB in his 30s that may get injured? Yes, Peterson is still productive in the NFL, but if I was Jerry Jones I’ll try to move up in the 1st round to get the best RB in the draft.

  68. If Peterson is going to be traded, it will happen during the draft. If Peterson is insistent on not playing in Minnesota, but playing somewhere in 2015, he’d better make it clear to the Viking front office that he wants out, instead of this “we’ll see” stuff. God only knows what his dopey agent has been telling him.

    I believe the Vikings would trade him if he insists on it, but not after the draft. If a trade does not happen next week, and Peterson throws a hissy fit and decides to force a trade in June or July, he will be sitting in 2015.

  69. SKOL-LOLOLOL says:
    Apr 20, 2015 10:32 PM
    The Minnesota Vikings history begins and ends with Grandpa talking about the glory years. Where the Vikings set a record for SB losses by an NFL team and came away with 0 World Championships.

    In the last decade, the Packers have won more playoff games than the Vikings have participated in.

    SKOLOLOLOL

    Skol: please explain what position (other than cheerleader) you played. you sound so proud of someone else’s accomplishments….

  70. John Kuhn has 3 Superbowl rings.

    Adrian Peterson has 0 Superbowl rings.

    It’s a common theme when comparing anything or anyone from Wisconsin to anything or anyone from MN.

  71. I cannot believe the Bratwurst Boys have come out from under their rocks to take shots at the Vikings. Your team made history last year, losers. That was the greatest collapse in the history of the league. That should burn a hole in your cheese for the next decade.

  72. The Vikings are dreaming if they think they could get more than a second rounder for Peterson…..
    & if Peterson isn’t happy making 12+ million a year for the next 3 years let him sit…..

  73. “Well, they’d just screw up any draft picks, like they ALWAYS do.” I guess you didn’t read the other article on power ranking last year’s draft where the Vikings ranked first???

  74. The Bratwurst Boys are running scared. No matter what happens, keep AP or trade him for a big payday, Minny will be infinitely better and we WILL be contenders in the NFC North.

  75. dcapettini says:
    Apr 21, 2015 9:09 AM

    Vikings fans are delusional. Any team that figures that he is all they need for a Super Bowl doesn’t have the cap room to accommodate his salary. The only teams that can afford him are the ones without a franchise QB and we all know they aren’t going anywhere, with or without him. 1400 yards a season with a whole bunch of those piled up in garbage time. So, basically $1000 a yard, if he stays healthy. Uhh, no thanks.
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    I’m just curious as to why you throw stabs at Viking fans??? The situation is the Vikings hold the upper hand. Their organization, not fans. They want AP to play for them therefore it would take a lot of give from a team in order to trade for him. It doesn’t really matter what he’s worth or not worth. If the Viking organization don’t get what they want they simply won’t trade him. Maybe someday you and the other people that don’t get the point will understand this someday.

  76. jjackwagon says:
    Apr 21, 2015 8:48 AM

    Here’s the problem: The Vikings want a Herschel Walker type trade for a non-Herschel Walker type player.
    Herschel was 27 and had legitimately lined up at seven different positions for the Cowboys. SEVEN!
    AP is 30, has been out for a year and lines up at maybe two positions.
    He is a top five RB but you’re not going to cash-in like the Cowboys did.
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    It’s really no problem at all. If they don’t get an offer they like, the just simply keep him. Problem solved.

  77. conormacleod says:
    Apr 21, 2015 8:41 AM

    It always amuses me when people say AP could just fake an injury, or maybe hasn’t been working out, or that he will just quit on the team.

    All that tells me every time is that the person writing that post is lazy and would steal from his employer at any chance he can get. But sure, go ahead and judge somebody else, while your mind is coming up with ways that he should cheat the system.
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    Not only that but it seems like every player that has actually seen or spoken to AP says he’s been working out like a beast. Yet these other people seem to think they know more about him.

  78. “That was the greatest collapse in the history of the league.”

    Actually…..I think many would call the 98 Vikings who went 15-1 the biggest collapse in the history of the league. The only difference is that Packer fans don’t have to look too far back in the past to be comforted with the memory of winning the SB. What have you got? SKOLOLOLOL

    PS. I purposely left out the Bert Favre pass that we all said was coming and would tear your hearts out. It was like it was almost scripted to be that way.

  79. There’s no way the Vikes will get a first and then some.

    The guy is on the wrong side of 30 and signed a super-rich sweetheart deal when he was the apple in the Vikings’ fans eye — the face of an otherwise dismal franchise.

    Who would want to pay such a high price to take on the outsize financial obligation to the guy?

  80. I’m still confused by all the people who keep acting like the price for AP will come down or that Vikings fans actually believe we will get some crazy offer for him.

    Regardless of what the market says, the Vikings will not trade AP for anything less than what has already been reported. They do not care what the market calls for because they have every once of control in this situation. They have him under contract, they are well under the cap, and he can’t really hold out because of the new system of escalating fines. Unless someone blows them away with an offer (which EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THE WORLD doesn’t think will happen) AP will be in Purple or he will be retired. It’s actually pretty simple.

  81. The Vikings have done everything they could, under circumstances he created, to appease this prima donna.

    He has to play for them. They are trying to placate him because they want him to do well on their behalf.

    All anyone can do is wait and see what happens…because he isn’t going anywhere.

  82. “AP will be in Purple or he will be retired. It’s actually pretty simple.”

    You guys said the same thing about Moss, Harvin and Culpeeper as well. SKOLOLOL

  83. sonofad says:
    Apr 21, 2015 9:24 AM
    John Kuhn has 3 Superbowl rings.

    Adrian Peterson has 0 Superbowl rings.

    It’s a common theme when comparing anything or anyone from Wisconsin to anything or anyone from MN.

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    3 Superbowl rings? You want to tell us where he was playing for all three? Go ahead, we’ll wait while you discover your error.

    And after you get done with that, you can tell us how a guy from Pennsylvania, who earned one of his rings with a team in Pennsylvania, is “from Wisconsin”.

  84. what people don’t realize is the Vikings are in the driver’s seat here, not AP. if they trade him and get what they want in return, they are happy. if they keep AP and he plays for the Vikings, they are happy. Win, win for the purple.

    Contrary to the trollers out there, Spielmen has done a good job of drafting the last few years. Sure, you can’t hit a home run on every pick, but overall, he has built a decent team

  85. SKOL-LOLOLOL says:
    Apr 21, 2015 11:56 AM
    5-11 and 7-9 = “decent team” in SKOLOLOLOLO LAND
    ================

    I wouldn’t expect a Packer fan to understand what “rebuilding” is. A few years after winning the lottery with an MVP QB, your franchise doesn’t rebuild, it just collapses and skulks back to the shadows of irrelevance for decades at a time.

    Vikings: New coach, forced to play a rookie QB after starting QB goes down, loses #1 player (AP) and still goes damn near .500.

    Packers: Loses #1 player and goes 4-12.

    Here in Minnesota, we don’t base our opinions on well-past glories of yesteryear, as you sconnies do. We look at the big picture…new stadium, promising QB, Quality Coach, Best RB (until proven otherwise), and a top 10 Defense in the making. GB has maybe two of those.

    Which

  86. Csbanter said “He doesn’t want to be there why are the Vikings fighting this. That being said trade him to an AFC team not on the Vikings schedule this year. Why reward him by sending him to Dallas ?”

    Because the Vikings own him, like property. They’ll do as they see fit. AP plays at their pleasure

  87. I don’t think any team wants to tie up massive cap space with a running back over 30. Not even the Vikes, regardless of the fact that it’s AP, a great RB.
    This could backfire on Minny. I don’t think they are going to try to force AP to play for them in 2015. No chance.
    But if they do, i think it’s a bad move on their part. AP’s huge contract could be wiped off their books helping them to sign valuable free agents
    who want to play there. That’s not to mention how the locker room and fans are going to react whenever AP doesn’t play good or even possibly
    gets hurt. Undoubtedly people will question his desire and motives again. The point here being it could cause even further PR headaches
    which would be a MAJOR distraction for any football team who wants to be in the playoffs. I’m sorry Vike fans, turn the page, get the best
    value for your asset and make the playoffs without AP. It’s time to move on.

  88. Peterson has leverage to because he can choose where he will restructure or not. No test are interested at 15m a year for a 30 year old rb Coming off aclassic tear

  89. I don’t understand any of you people talking about this 30 year old running back with no worth. This is the guy that had a 2000 yard season the year after an mcl and acl tear in his knee. After a slow start, he had well over 1500 yards in the 2nd half of the season. Forget 2000 yards that is a 3000 yard pace. With a year off to allow his body to rejuvenate, Norv Turner’s offense, and a whole lot to prove to the world, the Vikings would be idiots to let AD go unless they got multiple players and picks. He is being grossly undervalued. The vikes should build up that o-line and sit back and watch history.

  90. I absolutely want AD back, BUT if we have to trade him, I think we should trade him to SD for Weddle and their 1st round pick. Then we can draft Gurley at 11 and hopefully get Peters at 17. That way we get a running back that has a chance to be special and our secondary would be deadly.

  91. Lets face it the other ppl on here making comments just want ap on thr team so thr going to keep talkn junk. Don’t hate he is by far not perfect but at least on the field he’s got the rest of your teams beat.

  92. Vikings “We want the world for him because he can help you win”. NFL GM’s “Then why do you lose soo much with him on your team?”.

  93. Although there is no such thing as a 1 man team, Adrian is about as close as it gets. The Vikings now have a team around him. There is a defense that can get off the field and limit points. This gives the offense additional opportunities. In the past, the Vikings had to abandon the running game because they were too far behind. With the new coaching staff, new system, Teddy, a much improved defense, and AD, this team will be a nightmare to play against.

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