The more time that went by without a trade, and with the Minnesota Vikings brass remaining steadfast in their desire to hold onto star running back Adrian Peterson, the situation seems to be coming to an end … sort of.
Peterson wasn’t dealt in the first round of the draft, the most likely time the Vikings would receive an offer of relative value, but the more General Manager Rick Spielman is asked about the situation, the clearer it becomes the Vikings haven’t had any desire to trade the 2012 NFL MVP.
Even Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, who posted a picture on his Facebook page with a Peterson jersey behind him and a Tampa Bay Buccaneers hat on his head with the caption “Game on,” sounds resolved to the fact that Peterson will remain a Viking.
His tune is changing from a statement earlier this year saying he didn’t think Peterson returning to the Vikings was in his best interest.
“One of the things that I appreciate with the Vikings is their resolve to say ‘we’re not trading him,’” Dogra told USA TODAY Sports. “That tells me they value him not only as a football player, but what he’s done for the organization.
“I actually, as an agent, not only appreciate it — I accept it. But actions speak louder than words. If that’s going to happen, and you want to keep him, then show him a commitment to make him retire as a Viking. And I haven’t had that solution.”
It appears to the be next “ask” from Peterson’s representation as it becomes more clear that he isn’t being traded, yet Peterson is still the most highly compensated running back in the league.
He has more than $45 million in salary over the next three years – $12.75 million this year, $14.75 million next year and $17.75 million in the final year of his contract. However, none of his remaining salary is guaranteed, and only 23.5 percent of the $97.7 million contract he signed in 2011 is guaranteed, according to overthecap.com.
It is the only contract among the top six running backs with less than 30 percent guaranteed.
Spielman made it clear before the draft and again on Thursday night that Peterson isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
“I think Coach (Mike) Zimmer stated it pretty clear that we have no interest in trading Adrian Peterson, and we don’t,” Spielman said earlier this week. “Adrian made a mistake. He’s paid the price for that mistake but I think if our organization didn’t believe in Adrian Peterson he probably still wouldn’t be here today and that’s from our ownership on down. We believe in Adrian Peterson but also know that we’re a pretty good football team with Adrian Peterson in our backfield as well.”
Peterson camp seems to accept Vikings fate
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