Adrian Peterson (Washington Redskins)
This might sound crazy, but so does Dalvin Cook missing time because of a holdout. Adrian Peterson has already proved in each of his last two seasons with the Washington Redskins that he still has some juice left in the tank. So why not explore the possibility of giving him the chance to end his career with the Vikings?
There are a number of things that could make a trade for Peterson pretty enticing for Minnesota. He’s cheap (would cost under $3 million), he doesn’t have to be the No. 1 guy (hopefully), he’s got plenty of experience he can pass down to the younger guys on the Vikings’ roster, and it likely wouldn’t take much to acquire him in a trade.
This year, Peterson will be competing with a number of talented running backs for a job in the Redskins’ backfield. It’s possible that he could be on the outside looking in since it would only cost Washington $750,000 in dead cap to cut him.
So realistically, Minnesota could just wait it out and see if the Redskins cut Peterson before the season if they are interested in adding him. But if the Vikings think they will be in need of a new running back before Week 1, then sending a late-round pick over to Washington in exchange for the franchise’s all-time leading rusher could be something to consider.