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This is a developing story, and we know how those have gone so far this offseason, but here goes…

The Vikings have reportedly traded a fifth round pick to the Miami Dolphins to acquire disgruntled wide out Mike Wallace and a seventh round draft pick.

Wallace, along with defensive end Michael Johnson, was a recent top target of Rick Spielman’s as an unrestricted free agent. When he decided to sign with Miami instead, some rumors swirled around that he turned down more money from Minnesota and was dubious about playing in the cold.

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For Shaun Hill being the only new addition to this roster, the Vikings reports are flying around and getting shot down faster than the ducks on the original shooting game for Nintendo. It is quite frustrating, not because the team is staying patient, but because these reports and rumors keep getting our hopes up.

The Adrian Peterson situation, obviously, doesn’t help matters.

Anyways, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge five available free agents that I think (separate from Arif’s fine listings) are the best available for Vikings fans to dream about. If anything else, it might provide with a nice break from all the contradictions floating about right now.

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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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