NFL Teams Should Resist Temptation to Trade for Adrian Peterson

Now that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has officially been reinstated by the NFL, the trade rumors are swirling. The most recent reports have the Vikings seeking a first round pick and a starting corner.peterson2

This price seems too steep even for Peterson who is arguably the best back in the NFL. He is 30 years old and carries a salary cap tag of close to 13 million dollars. Peterson also sat out all but one game last season after being suspended by the NFL after reports came out that Peterson whipped one of his sons with a tree branch.

If the Vikings are willing to accept a second round pick and a defensive player who can come in and start, I would jump on that trade especially if Peterson was willing to take a pay cut just to get out of Minnesota.

While the Dallas Cowboys have been the front runners to obtain Peterson in a trade, the Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have also been linked to the former Oklahoma Sooner standout.

Rather than part with a first round pick, teams in need of a running back should try to draft a rookie back in the first round or wait for the later rounds. At most, Peterson has three to four seasons left to be the star we have come to know during his NFL career. It would be tough to pass up a first round talent for a back, albeit Peterson, who more than likely will not play longer than the first round selection unless that player ends up being a bust.

And that’s as I see it!

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