Vikings have ‘no interest’ in trading Adrian Peterson

The Vikings reaffirmed their stance that running back Adrian Peterson will remain with the team.
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By Vincent Frank

The Minnesota Vikings are sure going out of their way to express what they want the public to believe their stance is regarding unhappy running back Adrian Peterson.

General manager Rick Spielman had this to say about the Peterson situation on Tuesday:

We can just end the Adrian Peterson stuff. Our position has not changed… we have no interest in trading Adrian Peterson.

Nice try, but we all know that’s not going to end speculation anytime soon. These rumors surrounding a potential Peterson trade have persisted since the start of the year. So any denials from the Vikings during smokescreen season in the days leading up the draft have to be taken with a grain of salt.

Neatly fitting into Spielman’s comments is this stance by ESPN insider Chris Mortensen indicating that he views the likelihood that Peterson suits up for Minnesota next year to be at 80 percent.

All this comes the same week that other reports surfaced indicating the Dallas Cowboys have no interest in trading for Peterson, and that the Arizona Cardinals view the price to acquire him as too high.

Again, most of this doesn’t mean much. Whether Minnesota flatly denies trade rumors is immaterial here. If a team offers Spielman and company a deal they can’t refuse, Peterson will not be playing in Minnesota next year. The team can’t simply expect us to believe he’s not on the market when other squads know what the asking price is.

The question is now whether anyone is willing to step up to the plate. In this, a trade seems to be highly unlikely.

 

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