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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.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 26 - 1:11 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman insists the team is "very excited" about Cordarrelle Patterson's future with the team.

Patterson flopped as a sophomore following a promising rookie season, taking steps back across the board. Spielman insists Patterson has matured this offseason after failing as a route runner under Norv Turner. "There’s no question about the physical ability there. I think Cordarrelle has really grown up a lot," Spielman said. "I know what he has done this offseason dedicating himself to being the best receiver he can be, and how serious he is taking that, we’re very excited about the future with Cordarrelle." Patterson is a total wild card for 2015.
Apr 26 - 12:08 AM

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

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune projects Audie Cole as the Vikings' starting middle linebacker.

Cole would be flanked by Chad Greenway on the weak side and Anthony Barr on the strong side. This could all be a moot point if the Vikings choose to upgrade the position in the draft. UCLA LB Eric Kendricks could be a target if Minnesota trades out of the No. 11 pick, and Miami LB Denzel Perryman could still be on the board when the Vikes pick in the second round.
Apr 25 - 8:58 AM

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

Vikings second-year SLB Anthony Barr is working on his strength and tackling this offseason.

Barr's lack of physicality was one of the knocks against him among the draft community. He went on to lead all 4-3 outside linebackers in missed tackles (22) as a rookie. These are about the only blemishes to Barr's game, as he was solid in run defense and provided edge-rush juice for Minnesota in year one.
Source: vikings.com
Apr 22 - 12:55 PM

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said acquiring Adrian Peterson is "not any direction that we would go."

Bradley admits he and GM Dave Caldwell had a "conversation" about Peterson "a while ago," but it was just that -- a conversation. We're not sure any team is interested in acquiring "All Day" at the Vikings' current asking price of "at least a first-round pick and more." He's due an exorbitant $12.75 million.
Apr 22 - 9:49 AM

Speaking in a Tuesday radio interview, Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones said he didn't envision "using any (draft) picks to trade for veteran players."

It's Jones' attempt to throw cold water on the Adrian Peterson rumors. Peterson continues to be linked to Big D, but the Cowboys appear to have adopted a more cautious approach to player acquisition the past two years. There's also the matter of the Vikes insisting Peterson isn't available. We wouldn't declare Peterson to Dallas outright dead, but it's looking highly unlikely.
Apr 21 - 1:34 PM

PFT expects the Vikings to keep Adrian Peterson barring a "modern-day Herschel Walker-type package."

The Vikings don't seem to care that Peterson no longer wants to play for them. They also won't be getting a huge return on a trade for a 30-year-old running back who is set to make more than $13 million in 2015. "The Vikings want Peterson, and they’re confident that the passage of time will smooth over any ruffled feathers," says PFT.
Apr 21 - 8:17 AM

A source close to the situation told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the Vikings will likely not trade Adrian Peterson if they can't find a taker before or during the draft.

"If he's not traded next week, they're going to keep him," said the source. In other words, the Vikings want a draft pick this year for Peterson, and potentially a player. The source named Arizona, Atlanta, Dallas, Jacksonville, San Diego, and Tampa Bay as potential trade partners for Minnesota. The source added that he would be surprised if the Vikings could get a first-round pick for Peterson. "If they got a second-round pick and a player, they'd be doing well," the source said.
Apr 20 - 5:54 PM

Adrian Peterson is skipping this week's voluntary workouts.

Peterson rarely attends the sessions in normal seasons, let alone ones where he's in a dispute with the Vikings. In other words, it barely qualifies as news. The Vikes are playing hardball with Peterson as he attempts to force his way out of Minnesota. Provided he's not traded before the draft, the first truly notable practices Peterson can skip would be June's mandatory minicamp.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 20 - 1:52 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, it would take "at least a first-round pick and more compensation" for the Vikings to consider trading Adrian Peterson.

That's quite a haul for a 30-year-old running back who hasn't played since Week 1 of last season. The "compensation" the Vikings are looking for is a starting cornerback, a position they're expected to address in the draft. The Vikings' front office feels the team is "so much better" with Peterson and they're absolutely right. Peterson is a foundational runner and an ideal complement to rising sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 10:41 AM

The Oakland Tribune's Jerry McDonald doubts the Raiders would trade for Adrian Peterson.

Owner Mark Davis was resolutely against acquiring Greg Hardy because of his off-field issues, and McDonald believes that sentiment makes any deal for Peterson unlikely. There is also the issue of compensation. The Raiders are not just one player away from competing, and they would be better served using any picks they would use to land Peterson on young, inexpensive talent. Peterson could still find his way to Oakland, but it does not appear to be the most likely outcome.
Apr 18 - 12:41 PM

An NFL general manager told Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman that he believes the Raiders are "right there" in the mix to trade for Adrian Peterson.

ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson adds that he "keeps hearing" Oakland connected to Peterson. GM Reggie McKenzie has been trying to add star power and Peterson certainly fits the bill. The Raiders are one team with the cap space to take on A.D.'s $12.75 million cap hit. It's definitely concerning for Latavius Murray owners that McKenzie has seemed hellbent on adding talent to his backfield, first flirting with DeMarco Murray and now Peterson. The Raiders have ties to Peterson, having hired his old offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave to replace departed OC Greg Olson.
Apr 17 - 11:39 AM

NFL removed Vikings RB Adrian Peterson from the exempt/commissioner's list.

As a condition of his reinstatement, Peterson must maintain an "ongoing program of counseling and treatment as recommended by medical advisors." The question now becomes where Peterson will be playing in 2015. He appears dead set against returning to the Vikings, but at least so far, they've appeared dead set on keeping him. Due $44.25 million over the next three seasons, Peterson would almost certainly have to restructure his contract as part of any trade.
Apr 16 - 2:10 PM


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