The Minnesota Vikings aren’t going to just dump Adrian Peterson to rid themselves of an expensive headache, that much is clear.
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If the Vikings do trade Peterson they will get something substantial back in return. According to ESPN’s Adam Caplan, the Vikings would seek a first round pick plus a starting cornerback in any trade.
Caplan notes that Minnesota considers cornerback its biggest need and would take a second round pick in lieu of a veteran at that position, with the intention of using the pick on an immediate starter at cornerback.
The Vikings’ high asking price for Peterson reflects the organization’s unwillingness to be fleeced just for the sake of giving Peterson the ticket out of town he is apparently so eager to get.
And why should they give in to Peterson? The running back is under contract for three more years, and is set to make a ton of money (though none of it is fully guaranteed as of today).
The Vikings have stated publicly that they will not cut Peterson. In recent statements, Peterson left open the question of whether he will report for OTAs and minicamp starting next month.
The two sides would seem to be at a stalemate. But when push comes to shove, the only one with anything to lose is Peterson himself. Once money starts being subtracted from his contract in the form of missed reporting bonuses and fines, we’ll see if he continues being so stubborn.
It’s become pretty obvious that Rick Spielman and the Vikings have no intention of blinking.
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