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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pursuing Adrian Peterson, Per BucsBlitz

Scout.com’s Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s affiliate, Bucs Blitz, reports that the Buccaneers are pursuing Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, hoping to trade for him:

Various outlets have reported how the Buccaneers are on a list of teams Minnesota Vikings‘ running back Adrian Peterson wouldn’t mind playing for. On Wednesday evening, BucsBlitz.com has learned that Tampa Bay is interested in trading for him.

According to a league source close to the situation, the Bucs have had internal discussions of trading for Peterson. Whether the pursuit for the veteran tailback has already occurred or will occur, no clear answer was given. Instead, I was told there are “aggressive” plans in place.

For what it’s worth, Charles Robinson at Yahoo! Sports is not as easily convinced, though his sources and BucsBlitz’s report may not actually disagree:

Robinson may be speaking to the fact that the Buccaneers haven’t contacted the Vikings yet, which Gil Arcia, author of the BucsBlitz article, hasn’t claimed has happened—merely that they have an interest in giving up serious assets.

The Buccaneers were on Peterson’s list of teams he would be willing to restructure for, along with the Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts (now presumably out of the running after signing Frank Gore).

I posited that the restructuring may mean a contract with a cap hit a little more than Marshawn Lynch’s though proper market valuation would be closer to $10.5 million.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold the first, 34th and 65th picks in the NFL draft, as well as the 10th pick in the 4th round, the 26th and 32nd pick in the 5th round, the eighth pick in the 6th round and the first pick in the 7th round. An optimistic trade may land the Vikings the 34th pick, though more likely a package involving a number of the mid-round picks and future picks may end up being more palatable to the Buccaneers who hold the most capital in the draft.

What “aggressive” means is up for interpretation. The Buccaneers currently have first-round pick Doug Martin, as well as third-round pick Charles Sims on the roster at running back. They also have Bobby Rainey and Mike James. Don’t be surprised if Martin, who had a phenomenal rookie year, is involved in a trade package as well.

Other trade assets for the Bucs include wide receivers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, guard Logan Mankins and cornerback Alterraun Verner. Most likely, the Vikings are not interested in Jackson, Mankins or Verner despite all three filling positions of need.

This would give Adrian Peterson the opportunity to reunite with former head coach Leslie Frazier.

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  1. This is definitely interesting. Sounds like there’s a lot of options in a deal with them. As always, you laid everything out for us masterfully. SKOL

    1. Michael Johnson was already cut, dude.

      That’d be a terrible trade anyway.

  2. I would rather have Smith and Rhodes take his salary. Any draft pick and I would be happy to see him go. I’ll keep checking in to VT for the latest.

  3. The 34 pack the second round and 1 of the 3rd rounders. And doug martin and possibly there ss who there considering cutting anyways

  4. I definitely would not be opposed to just taking as many pics as they want to give us I just don’t want to receive nothing for who was the face of our franchise due to his actions not the local Minnesota media actions and just so you all know I live in Florida and it was on our local news as well
    #truth

  5. Ummm, this “report” has no basis. I could write this fiction myself. How about talking about facts about the vikings instead of trying to be the first person to break a story that isn’t even there.

    1. I talked to a lot of reporters who have connections with the Bucs before posting this. They trust him; he’s broken stories before.

        1. If you’re really thirsty for updates, tune into @ArifHasanNFL. I’m refreshing the page at work ALL DAY.

  6. Tampa being interested is the best news we could get. This is one of very few teams the Vikings can likely play a little hard ball with if they want AD. Hold out for that 2nd round pick and some mid rounders and get a conditional pick next year as well. The more suitors the better, Dallas and Arizona competing with each other would also be good, but Tampa will likely offer more total picks. As much as I want to see a first round pick, getting a high 2 with multiple mid rounders would provide a lot of flexibility. The McCoy Alonzo trade could set up a comparable Peterson David deal…I would still want late rounders thrown in.

    1. You have presented a well thought out opinion about trading Peterson. The Peterson fanboys who sleep in their #28 jerseys will hate on you endlessly. 🙂

          1. I got 2 jerseys…both retired and in the HOF.
            Point is that Dan doesn’t need to disrespect people that have a different opinion than him when he comments. You, for some reason, do.

  7. You ducking idiots are in dream land maybe a mid rounder that all. His trade value is not high he doesn’t want to be here. We will NOT get Evans or David maybe maybe and 2nd or 3rd and 5th that’s it. If you think we will get more wake the fuck up Dan T you are ducking dumb.

  8. I’d be happy with Mike Evans, 34, and whatever mid rounders you could get. Evans is badass.

    1. You’d be happy with that? I wouldn’t, we would have just committed the largest robbery in the states of Minnesota and Florida. I’d feel terrible for Bucs fans.
      I’d be happy with the 34 OR Mike Evans

        1. C’mon now Fran you lived through the Walker trade; would you wish that on any fan (other than Packer and Saint fans)? That said of course I’d take it but geeze that’d be rough for Bucs fans who are already used to losing.

          By the way I’m impressed with your use of the term “troll” earlier.

          1. Yep. I sure did live through the Walker trade and I’d still punch Mike Lynn right in the nose if I could get to him.

            1. Yeah! I’m sure glad you guys aren’t the ones trying to make the deal, geesh! Talk about under selling.

  9. Trade him for Lovante David. I’ll take that especially since he doesn’t seem to want to play here anymore.

  10. Isn’t David on the last year of rookie deal? If he is part of the package it better be sign and trade, else would rather gets picks including 34.

  11. Buc Fan here and you guys are high if you think we will give up the 34th pick for him. His salary is to high, he sat out of football last season, and we have other issues. You would be lucky to get a fourth round pick since he damaged his reputation so badly.
    A fourth/fifth plus Doug Martin would be easy enough for you guys, and more realistic. IF you’re seeking better options you should look to Dallas because they would be more likely to give you a higher draft pick.

    1. Well the salary thing is easy to fix. He said the Buccaneers were one of the teams he’d restructure for.

    2. will, Too bad you are not the GM for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers…! And as for AP sitting out last year .. just means he’s fresh & full of gas & ready to go …!!! And he is not like any other RB and everyone has witness that from his ACL Injury..! TAKE NOTE.. WE DID NOT ! approach you guys – you guys approach us….That is your GM…YOUR TEAM the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, your Local News in Tampa and your sources Who Started this Rumor… NOT US … IS YOUR TEAM THE Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization, WHO IS interested IN Adrian Peterson… So you should take it up with them..! not us…SO GO TO THE BUC. WEB PAGE TO COMMENT… Instead of wasting your TIME! HERE…!

    3. will WILL, will, Too bad you are not the GM for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers…! And as for AP sitting out last year .. just means he’s fresh & full of gas & ready to go …!!! And he is not like any other RB and everyone has witness that from his ACL Injury..! TAKE NOTE.. WE DID NOT ! approach you guys – you guys approach us….That is your GM…YOUR TEAM the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, your Local News in Tampa and your sources Who Started this Rumor… NOT US … IS YOUR TEAM THE Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization, WHO IS interested IN Adrian Peterson… So you should take it up with them..! not us…SO GO TO THE BUC. WEB PAGE TO COMMENT… Instead of wasting your TIME! HERE…!

    4. will take it up with your team… call the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ! Not to make any trade for AP.. I like to see that… I double dare you…! CALL… CALL.. CALL…… COME ON ..MAN..!!!!

  12. Considering the article is online,you are using virtual TP?I assume you are unmarried and live alone in the woods you smelly hick.

  13. Based on other trades in this market the 34th would be a absolute. Adrian is a Beast. It is going to kill me seeing him make those big runs on another team. If we had to trade him I would take the 34 and a high pick next year based on how he does. Martin was awesome his first year. Tampa sucked as a team last year so teams stacked the box a shut him down. That don’t happen with Adrien and now we have a passing game to boot. But I would take Martin as part of any deal.

  14. You should go back to that echo chamber which is DN. There, you can find no shortage of other ignorant people who spend all day spouting inanities at each other, convinced that saying the same stupid thing over and over some how makes it a fact.

    1. To be fair, that IS a pretty accurate representation of DN, so there’s that …. OTOH, Harry Quchi is presumably another nom de plume of Munchma Quchi. Like we couldn’t figure that out.

  15. For some reason I feel like Kalil may be traded with AP in a package to the Bucs…Chances of this happening depends on the possibility of getting the first overall pick.

    1. I wouldn’t want the first this year unless we traded that. Who would we take… a QB, DT, DE, and Kevin White are the top prospects right now and I want to avoid fowler and white with all costs while DT and QB are not needed.

      1. I wouldn’t draft 1st overall, but there are qb needy teaMs that would trade hansomly to draft Winston or Mariota.

  16. RE: the trade wishes including Johnson, Martin et al, we might as well ask themost to throw in Trent Richardson. Gah

  17. I could live with the 34th pick and Bradley McDougald and anything else we could get out of them, including taking Doug Martin off their hands.

    And I write this as someone who (a) doesn’t want to trade Peterson at all, (b) thinks we should see just stick with Robert Blanton for the year and see how he develops, and (c) would be happy to trade to bring Toby Gerhart back as Peterson’s replacement (and am rooting for Gerhart’s success in any case).

  18. ‘Breaking the story ‘ people? I had this one pegged yesterday! You can look it up

  19. Gentleman, and I use the term loosely, we are all on the same ship, let us police ourselves, respect each other, and mind our manners lest our ship be set aflame from within

  20. Glad we didn’t trade for Johnson seein as we’re supposedly about to sign him. Lol

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