It appears the Minnesota Vikings and six-time Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson are on opposing sides. But would the Dallas Cowboys be willing to trade their first round pick in order to secure his services?
On Monday, Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, made the following statement when asked if his client would return to the Vikings in 2015:
"“I don’t think it’s in Adrian’s best interest to play in Minnesota. Why would it be?”"
Dogra apparently refused to meet Vikings’ general manager Rick Spielman at the NFL owners’ meetings this week. Peterson and his family reportedly feel betrayed by members of Minnesota’s organization when charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child were levied against the star running back last year.
In November, Peterson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault stemming from an incident last May when the the running back disciplined his four-year old son with a switch. He spent all of last season on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which suspended him (with pay) from all Vikings’ activities until his case was settled.
It appears now more than ever that Peterson and the Vikings are heading towards a divorce. But Minnesota has already gone on the record to claim they will not release the 30-year old three-time All-Pro. Instead, if they move him at all, it appears it will have to be in a trade.
But trading a player like Peterson is difficult due to his inflated salary. Back in 2011, Peterson signed a monster seven-year, $96 million contract with Minnesota. He is owed a whopping $44.25 million in the next three years.
Despite the large price tag, there have been rumored NFL teams still interested in a trade for Peterson, most notably the Arizona Cardinals. But the Cards have also come out as saying his contract is a non-starter and would need to be re-negotiated before a trade could take place. You’d have to imagine similarly running back hungry teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would jump on board if this were the case.
It’s been clear since a not-so private phone call between Peterson and Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones last June where the star running back allegedly expressed his desire to play for America’s Team, that the native of Palestine, Texas wishes to play in Dallas. And with the exodus of Cowboys’ running back DeMarco Murray to Philadelphia this offseason, Dallas has a spot available for him.
But what would the Cowboys’ be willing to trade for him? As a fan, would you be willing to give up Dallas’ first round pick (27th overall) in the upcoming NFL Draft to get Adrian Peterson?
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