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Adrian Peterson | Running Back

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 217
College: Oklahoma
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Adrian Peterson's agent wants the Vikings to commit to his client so he can "retire as a Viking."
Agent Ben Dogra "appreciates" Minnesota's decision to not trade Peterson, but feels "actions speak louder than words." Dogra wants the Vikings to guarantee some portion of Peterson's contract, which totals $46 million over the next three years. Now that the Vikings have shown Peterson "loyalty" by sticking with him amid trade offers, Peterson's camp is turning this into a money issue. May 1 - 10:38 AM
Source: USA Today

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Speaking Thursday evening, Vikings GM Rick Spielman again insisted he won't be trading Adrian Peterson.

"Nothing has changed with Adrian," Spielman said. "End of story." The window to trade Peterson was before the start of the draft on Thursday.
Apr 30 - 9:55 PM

ESPN's John Clayton reported Thursday that Jacksonville is "out" of the running for Adrian Peterson.

Clayton confirmed a Yahoo report that Dallas is "out," as well. He added that the Cardinals are "not willing to give up a No. 1 (pick)." Vikings GM Rick Spielman is known to be holding out for a first-round pick in exchange for Peterson. Peterson is only going to get dealt if Spielman's asking price drops.
Apr 30 - 1:45 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Dan Pompei is hearing the "chances are very slim" of Adrian Peterson getting traded.

Pompei admits "things can change in a hurry, though." ESPN's Adam Schefter hinted this morning on Mike & Mike that there's a chance Peterson gets traded, but any potential deal will be off the table if Peterson is not dealt during Thursday night's first round. We see A.P. as 50:50 or worse to be traded.
Apr 30 - 1:32 PM

Former Vikings WR turned ESPN analyst Cris Carter hinted at an Adrian Peterson trade Thursday morning.

Carter presumably still has relationships with people inside the Vikings' organization. "I’m under gag order on the Adrian Peterson situation, but I believe something’s gonna happen," Carter said. "But I can’t talk about it." Adam Schefter also said Thursday that the door is not shut on an A-Pete trade.
Source: ESPN Radio
Apr 30 - 12:21 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter said the door is not shut on an Adrian Peterson trade.

The Vikings have played extreme hardball publicly, strongly intimating there's no way they'll trade Peterson. But if someone like the Cardinals or Bucs blows them away with an offer Thursday night, it could be hard to say no when Peterson is both disgruntled and extremely expensive. Schefter wants to see the first round "come and go" before he's sure Peterson will remain a Viking.
Source: ESPN Radio
Apr 30 - 7:51 AM

Adrian Peterson admitted Tuesday night that it "would be nice" to play for the Cowboys.

"I've got family here, my dad's here," Peterson said to a Dallas TV station. "But I'm under contract, so we'll see." Peterson has requested multiple times that the Vikings trade him, but seems to acknowledge he's not going anywhere after Minnesota GM Rick Spielman has continued to say he wants A.P. back with the team. Playing for Dallas is just a dream at the moment for Peterson, not reality.
Apr 29 - 9:31 AM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman says he has "no interest" in trading Adrian Peterson.

If the Vikings are bluffing on their Peterson stance, it's as hard as hardball gets. "We can just end the Adrian Peterson stuff," Spielman said emphatically. "Our position has not changed. ... We have no interest in trading Adrian Peterson." It's a bit strange the Vikes are so adamant about keeping a 30-year-old running back due $12.75 million and coming off a season lost to suspension, but they must still really believe in his talent. What remains to be seen is how Peterson responds to the Vikings completely ignoring his request.
Apr 28 - 3:03 PM

Owner/GM Jerry Jones says it's "highly unlikely" the Cowboys trade draft picks for a player already in the league.

In other words, Jerry isn't planning to ship a high selection to Minnesota for Adrian Peterson and his odious contract. A rumor that's been persisting for months appears to be dead.
Apr 28 - 2:22 PM

Appearing on Sirius NFL Radio, ESPN's Chris Mortensen said he believes there's an "80 percent" chance Adrian Peterson remains with the Vikings.

Mort did call Arizona an "interesting" potential landing spot. Based on a combination of recent national-media reports, it sounds like Peterson could end up with the Cardinals if Vikings GM Rick Spielman lowers his asking price to a mid to late second-round pick. If Spielman stays the course and demands a first-rounder in Peterson negotiations, A.D. will likely be staying in Minnesota.
Apr 27 - 2:45 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Vikings have said "publicly and privately" that Adrian Peterson "plays for them or no one."

Short of being truly blown away by a trade offer, it appears GM Rick Spielman is all-in on waiting Peterson out, even if he doesn't report to anything Vikings related before the season. RapSheet did leave open the door for the Cardinals to acquire Peterson after the draft, but multiple reports elsewhere have stated the Vikings are unwilling to part with Peterson for future considerations. If Peterson isn't traded by next Saturday night -- and it currently appears he won't be -- he'll either be a 2015 Viking, or sitting at home.
Apr 26 - 7:29 PM

Citing six "high-level NFL sources," Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports the Cowboys and Cardinals are not willing to pay the price the Vikings have demanded to trade Adrian Peterson.

"Dallas has not even spoken to Minnesota regarding Peterson," Robinson writes, while Arizona is unwilling to surrender its first-round pick. Peterson-to-the-Cardinals reportedly could be a done deal were Vikings GM Rick Spielman willing to trade A.P. for a mid-to-late second-round pick, but that is currently not happening. Robinson speculates that the Buccaneers and Jaguars are sleepers to acquire Peterson, perhaps in exchange for a top-40 pick. According to Robinson, Spielman's "feet are in cement," he "wants Peterson in a Vikings uniform," and "it's going to take a sledgehammer to remove him from that spot."
Apr 26 - 7:07 PM

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling doesn't believe Adrian Peterson's beef with the franchise concerns money.

Player-team disputes most often involve money -- whether explicitly or implicitly -- but Goessling believes Peterson would actually be willing to accept less money to facilitate a trade out of town. The Vikings have made it clear they're amenable to paying Peterson's $12.75 million base salary, an exorbitant sum in this year's era of allegedly "devalued" running backs. Peterson would not be able to get that much money elsewhere. Peterson's beef with the Vikings concerns loyalty.
Apr 26 - 1:11 PM

The Falcons are not expected to pursue Adrian Peterson.

"Our focus has been on this year's draft," GM Thomas Dimitroff said. "We’re ready to move on from that discussion." Peterson had been loosely connected to the Falcons. The Cardinals, Bucs, and Jacksonville remain the teams most likely to trade for Peterson.
Apr 25 - 8:05 PM

Yahoo's Charles Robinson says the Cardinals, Bucs and Jaguars are left in the Adrian Peterson race.

Robinson also wouldn't rule out the Falcons. Of course, this all assumes the Vikings are willing to trade Peterson -- so far they've shown no desire to do so whatsoever. It's unlikely they'd get anything near fair value for a 30-year-old running back due $12.75 million. One team notably missing from Robinson's list is the Cowboys, who he says aren't interested at all. "Whoever says otherwise is 1,000 percent wrong."
Apr 23 - 12:43 PM