With the NFL offseason in full swing, gossip columnists like Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk and ‘journalists’ like Adam Shefter of ESPN have run a nauseating amount of articles about Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Florio has been particularly annoying on that front.

His near-daily posts about what that day’s news means in terms of whether Peterson will be a Viking next opening day is a display of how the NFL encourages media coverage whether there’s anything to report on or not. (There usually isn’t.)

Yesterday, there genuinely was news on the Peterson front. The NFL finally reinstated him after putting him on the Commissioner’s naughty boy list. The Vikings issued this brief statement on Peterson’s reinstatement:

“The Minnesota Vikings have been informed by the NFL that Adrian Peterson has been reinstated. We look forward to Adrian re-joining the Vikings.”

Immediately, the ‘Will Adrian be freed and traded to the Cowboys?’ stories littered the internet again. The answer to that question is simple. Adrian will be traded if another NFL team blows them away with an offer.

Rick Spielman, the Vikings GM, has repeatedly and steadfastly said that they’re looking forward to seeing Adrian lining up behind future superstar QB Teddy Bridgewater. Why wouldn’t he want that? Adrian Peterson is the best running back in the NFL. The last 4 years, he’s been the only offensive weapon the Vikings had. That’s why it’s astonishing he’s been incredibly productive. He’s been the only threat the other team’s defense has had to identify and stop.

That’s meant having 8 or 9 men within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage on, at minimum, 80% of rushing plays. This offseason, the Vikings added Mike Wallace, once the premium deep threat pass catcher in the NFL. Imagine how thrilled he’d be consistently getting man coverage while the defense focuses on Adrian. Imagine the explosiveness of the Vikings offense with Teddy Bridgewater emerging as a Pro Bowl QB with a full set of weapons.

Spielman’s message to other NFL teams has been simple. Adrian’s under contract to us for the next 3 years. If you want him on your team, you’ll have to blow us away with a great offer. If we don’t get that type offer, we’ll just have to figure out a way to use Mr. Peterson.

If Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants Adrian Peterson playing his home games in Dallas, he’d better put together a great offer. If he doesn’t, Adrian Peterson will remain a Viking.

6 Responses to “Go big or go home”

  • Nick says:

    I currently live in the Detroit metro area and some of these Lions fans think that they’re going to get Adrian Peterson. I tell them that’s not going to happen.

  • Chad Q says:

    Pfft. If Spielman is saying they aren’t going to trade, that means they are looking high and low for a good offer to dump AP.
    Hopefully Peterson is smart enough (that’s suspect) to know there is no where else he can go that will pay him $13 – $15 mil, especially when the best back in the league only got a little over $8 from Philly.
    The Queens will be mediocre with or without him because.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Chad, Spielman would prefer AP on the Vikings. That’s why he’s setting the price this high. They shouldn’t (and won’t) accept a late first round or early second round pick for AP.

    Picture AP behind QB Teddy Bridgewater & Mike Wallace at WR in Norv Turner’s offense. That’s a potentially lethal offense.

    Combine that with the Vikings dramatically improved defense & you’ve got the foundation for a strong playoff team for years to come.

  • Chad Q says:

    If Spielman can get a good draft pick and some money for Peterson, he’ll dump him in a heartbeat. Spielman isn’t the genius that everyone thinks he is.

    I can picture AP behind unproven and slightly suspect Teddy and Wallace (who is past his prime) running down the field and all I see is Teddy on his back unless the Queens get an offensive line to pass block. Norv isn’t the genius everyone thinks either.

    Until the Queens get a good QB (which they may have, the jury is still out), they will go no where for years to come.

    The Queens will figure out a way to screw up the AP situation and be back at square one again.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Spielman is definitely a cut above most of the GMs in the NFL. That’s indisputable. Look at the talent he’s brought in. As for Teddy Bridgewater, he’s already light years ahead of Tony Romo at this stage in their careers. Teddy’s work ethic, his arm talent & his decision-making are great. He’s still got more to learn to get to the elite level but there’s no doubt that he’ll get there. He’s already doing things that many Pro Bowl QBs still aren’t doing. (Pre-snap reads and checking out of plays and into right plays are just 2 examples.)

    Finally, why are you constantly such a bitter person. It must suck being you.

  • walter hanson says:

    Chad:

    Keep in mind if the defense plays 8 man lines to try to stop AP that will mean single coverage for the WR’s. And Teddy has already shown that he can make defenses pay far more than CP ever did.

    Not to mention all of those problems you mention on the offensive are actually one lineman MK and if he gets his act together that line won’t be a problem.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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