Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Rick Spielman

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According to a report by the USA Today’s Tom Pelissero, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson flew to New York on Monday, where he met with owners Zygi and Mark Wilf and general manager Rick Spielman.

From Arif’s live blog regarding Tom Pelissero’s appearance on ESPN1500 radio:

“He [Pelissero] told Darren Wolfson that he has had conversations with people on the Vikings who would know and has walked away from some conversations confident that Adrian Peterson was going to be traded and other conversations where he was sure Peterson was going to stay. Yesterday, he had a conversation who was sold that Peterson was going to be traded to the Cardinals.”

The meeting appears to be a continuation of ongoing discussions with the star running back  — last week, head coach Mike Zimmer and Spielman traveled to Houston and discussed Peterson’s future at his Texas home.

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 “The first sentence I wrote on him in the free agency preview is that “he is better than Everson Griffen”. I sincerely think that.”

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) joins me again on the podcast to talk Vikings Free Agency and what the cap rich – and potentially more cap rich if they move Adrian – Purple People Eaters will do once the FA flood gates open on March 10th.

We run through the Top-10 list of potential free agents Arif listed on his count down over at Vikings Journal, hit on some big name pipe dream FA names to keep the rubes happy, and also break down what it’s like to be in the crosshairs of #KeyboardWarriorNation after his latest Adrian article.

We also speculate what the Cassel trade means for the backup QB position, what Spielman could potentially alchemy that 5th round pick into, and how the “Bro-Hug” meeting between Rick, Zimmer, & Adrian will affect the 30-year old running back’s future with the team.

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Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) of 105 The Ticket, Fangraphs, and Sports Data LLC stopped by to talk Twins baseball as well as our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings.

We open the show with Vikings News: the mandatory Adrian Peterson talking point, took a glance at free agency & the recent cut players the Purple might chase, which Vikings might still get cut (looking at you Greenway), as well as the first volume of the Purple FTW! Draft Wishlist.

Brandon then joined me to talk about the Twins and the outlook for the young, promising squad in 2014 and beyond. We went with some baseball love this episode because spring is around the corner, pitchers and catchers are already at spring training, and there’s only so much Adrian Peterson f***** speculation that the human mind can take. Plus what better way to wait for training camp in Mankato than grabbing a beer and watching the Twins give it their best at Target Field this summer? Besides, Brandon is no Vikings neophyte and he also gave some solid, rational takes about Teddy and the team going forward. Which is quite a departure from my usual hot fire.

Wrapping up the show, I give my review of House of Cards season 3, which I finished watching at 5pm Friday. The 13 episode season dropped at 2am that day so… Do the math. ***WARNING: I do reveal spoilers starting at (1:21:42).***

All that and more “bi-lateral strengthness” on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

Full episode after the jump.

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At the University of Minnesota’s pro day on Monday, the media was able to catch up with Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, who touched on a number of topics.

Spielman was asked for an update on the Adrian Peterson situation and he explained that the team is now able to have open communications with Peterson, and that they are.

“We are able to have communication now with Adrian,” Rick Spielman said. “We’ll keep all those communications internal. I don’t want to sit here and give you guys a blow-by-blow every day. I think it’s been clearly stated that we want Adrian Peterson back. There’s no question about the talent, and he’s a unique talent, and he’s under contract with us next year.”

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Maybe I’m getting desensitized to the idea of drama surrounding the Minnesota Vikings.

You know, like how your favorite television series can begin to feel quite stale and repetitive after six or seven seasons? I’m not claiming to have all the answers, and I’m not saying I can’t get swept up in it, but after six years of writing about the Vikings I’m finding myself far less susceptible to being surprised than I once was.

I’ve fielded a lot of questions over the last couple of days regarding the Adrian Peterson situation. Each conversation ends with me being asked where I think he will end up, and it is obviously not one I can answer with a guarantee, but here are some of my thoughts on the “events” of this last week:

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