In this morning’s MMQB mailbag, Peter King told us what he thinks he thinks about the chances of Adrian Peterson getting traded.
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King thinks he thinks that Dallas and Arizona are still the two teams to look at as possible trade partners for the Vikings, but that there’s a third team potentially in the mix as well (via MMQB):
"It’ll be interesting to see if any team succumbs to the lure of Peterson. Arizona and Dallas are still the leaders in the clubhouse, but I’ve talked to both teams in recent weeks, and I don’t think either will be held hostage for Peterson. If he’s going to get traded, I don’t see it happening under these circumstances. I see Dallas or Arizona—or my upset special, Jacksonville, still awash in cap money—making this deal only if Peterson can make the financials easier on them, and if the Vikings are willing to take a lesser pick for him. For now, I don’t think the Vikings are willing to do that. And so it’s a stalemate."
Not only does Jacksonville have plenty of cap space, they also have a tendency to collect Vikings running backs, having already snapped up Toby Gerhart and Jordan Todman.
Jacksonville also happens to hold the #3 overall pick in this year’s draft, a pretty sweet trade chip.
Dealing the #3 overall for a 30-year-old running back making almost $13 million for the season sounds like utter insanity, but keep in mind who we’re talking about here.
This is the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team that thought Toby Gerhart could be a #1 running back. These guys ain’t exactly geniuses.
Just look at Jacksonville’s situation for a second. Floundering franchise. Young quarterback still learning how to play. Disinterested fanbase.
You know what would really send a jolt of energy through that whole organization and city? Trading the #3 overall pick for Adrian Peterson.
Rick Spielman would do that deal in a heartbeat. And turn around and immediately start shopping the pick.
The best part for Spielman would be the satisfaction of sending Peterson to a team that isn’t the Dallas Cowboys. Don’t like Minnesota Adrian? Let’s see how you enjoy playing for the Jaguars.
Everything about this idea sounds perfect. Which is why it will never happen.
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