Monday, July 6, 2015

adrian peterson

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The Minnesota Vikings came out of the initial free agency waive with backup quarterback Shaun Hill as their only unrestricted free agent signing. The team allowed four of their own unrestricted free agents to sign elsewhere, which means they are currently “plus three” for possible 2016 compensatory picks, for those keeping track at home.

A trade for wide out Mike Wallace meant Greg Jennings was sent packing and a recent signing of DuJuan Harris provides a little depth at running back. That signing will have zero impact on the outcome of the ongoing Adrian Peterson saga, but there is no doubt that the future of #28 is currently the hottest topic out there, and probably will be until it is resolved.

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It look as though Adrian Peterson won’t be receiving the Greg Jennings treatment from the Vikings’ front office this offseason.

According to the USA Today’s Tom Pelissero, the Minnesota Vikings will not release Peterson:

The “news” comes as no surprise, though. Peterson is still one of the league’s premier running backs, and if the Vikings are going to part ways with him, they will need to receive a solid return on investment — Peterson’s release would result in a $2.4 million strike against Minnesota’s salary cap.

The embattled running back is set to make $12.75 million in 2015 and will turn 30 later this month, which may explain his relatively quiet trade market — teams are unwilling to take on the Peterson’s expensive contract, which will pay him $45 million over the next 3 years.

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Math is hard. That’s why we brought Brad Davis (@DeltaBCDad) on the show to breakdown his three-part statistical analysis at Vikings Territory on the likelihood of Adrian Peterson’s decline as a running back. 30-years old has been the standard age cliff for NFL running backs, but does the data suggest that Adrian will follow the trend or buck it? (No matter which team he’s on)

We get into the numbers with Brad as well as talk recent offseason moves as the Minnesota Vikings, not just the NFL, have become a year round sport. #VikingsTwitter may be upset with the lack of free agent action and Jennings being cut, but the Vikings are building for beyond 2015 — not loading up for a one year Super Bowl or bust push (ala 2009).

Teddy’s the face of the franchise and hopefully will have a decade+ of success here in Minnesota. It makes sense to build a young team with him rather than fill the cap with bloated veteran contracts in an attempt to “win” free agency. Ask the Buccaneers how that worked out last year…

All that and more on this episode of the Purple FTW! Podcast! Full episode after the jump.

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According to a report posted by our friends at the Daily Norseman, the Cardinals and Vikings are discussing a possible Adrian Peterson trade.  Huffington Post columnist Jordan Schultz tweeted the details of the offer on the table:

At this point we’ve all heard that Peterson is apparently “still not happy” with options in Minnesota, and we’ve heard that Arizona wants AP. But what’s the cost, and will the Vikings negotiate? On Saturday, Yahoo!’s Charles Robinson posted the following:

The Cardinals own the 23rd pick in the second round, so that’s what you’re looking at if this rumor holds water. A No. 55 overall pick for Peterson + a seventh-round pick. 

Remember, the Vikings still hold the upper hand. AP is under contract, and the Cardinals are just about the only team left at this point that are making a run for the running back. The Cowboys, who were so hotly rumored as a destination for Peterson, recently signed Darren McFadden and put an end to that buzz. 

The Vikings currently have the No. 11 and No. 15 pick in the seventh round, so this deal would still leave them with a final round pick. 

It’s ultimately impossible to predict what will happen, as the entire AP-saga continues to drag out. Continue following VT for all the latest updates!

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The start of free agency, and a trade for Mike Wallace, provided us a little relief from the ups and downs of the Adrian Peterson roller coaster ride.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports gives us a reason to jump back into that conversation, however. He has long held the belief, through his sources, that the Vikings intend to keep Adrian Peterson and that they want to find a way to make him happy to be there again.

Today, however, Robinson is saying that Peterson is not only still disgruntled, but that Arizona is prepared to make an offer to Minnesota if they want to trade their star running back.

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