Ben Dogra Gives Up On Forcing an Adrian Peterson Trade


Ben Dogra thought he could get his client Adrian Peterson traded out of Minnesota by putting public pressure on the Vikings. Or at the very least, maybe he could use that pressure to leverage the Vikings into giving Peterson some guaranteed money.

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Rick Spielman made it clear from the beginning that the Vikings would not trade Peterson, though that didn’t stop folks from speculating about possible deals.

When yesterday’s draft first round came and went without a Peterson trade, it became obvious to everyone that Spielman isn’t bluffing. He really isn’t going to trade Adrian Peterson.

Even dogged Ben Dogra must now concede that Peterson is almost certainly going to be staying with the Vikings at least for one more year. So Dogra is adjusting his tactics.

No longer is Dogra talking about Peterson leaving Minnesota. That ship has sailed.

But Dogra remains insistent that the Vikings reiterate their commitment to Peterson, presumably by ponying up some guaranteed dollars (via USA Today):

"“One of the things that I appreciate with the Vikings is their resolve to say ‘we’re not trading him,'” Dogra told USA TODAY Sports. “That tells me they value him not only as a football player, but what he’s done for the organization.“I actually, as an agent, not only appreciate it — I accept it. But actions speak louder than words. If that’s going to happen, and you want to keep him, then show him a commitment to make him retire as a Viking. And I haven’t had that solution.”"

Dogra’s approach may have changed, but there’s no reason for Rick Spielman to alter his message one bit. The Vikings do not owe Adrian Peterson one penny more than the $46 million non-guaranteed left on his deal.

Spielman hasn’t blinked yet and there’s no reason to believe he will. There’s no reason for Spielman to wilt under the pressure of Dogra’s insinuations, trolling attempts or outright acts of physical intimidation.

Peterson can stay home from minicamp if he wants but it will only cost him money. At some point Peterson will have to make up his mind: stay home and lose dough, or report and take the cash he’s owed.

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