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Should Vikings trade Adrian Peterson?

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08:30 AM ET 10.20 | Adrian Peterson is 28 years old. NFL history is filled with stories about great running backs that began to break down at the age of 30. Among them are Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk, O.J. Simpson and Earl Campbell. The pounding takes its toll. And nobody runs harder than Peterson. He's wasting his prime here. And the Vikings need bulk, not one superstar player. So trading Peterson for enough components to jumpstart the team's development is a sound strategy. It would be tremendously unpopular, of course. But it doesn't make sense to keep Peterson around for what could be a drawn-out rebuilding process.

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October 20, 2013  09:06 AM ET

Yeah, we all get it, but running backs in the NFL are not valued the way they once were. You would get a good return, but the sell out your draft for a running back days are over.

October 20, 2013  09:47 AM ET

Peterson is a great RB but today's NFL is a passing league and a good QB is more valued.

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October 20, 2013  09:58 AM ET

The thing about football today is you cant seem to win without a qb and great rb (like Peterson) don't make average qbs look good but teams with great qbs and a good passing attack make mediocre rbs look like beasts....maybe that doesn't make the most sense but I guess im saying if you have a good passing game the running game will come and you don't need a great rb to do it...I believe the vikes are a qb away from being a good team and if they can keep ap they could have a real explosive offense only problem is great qbs are hard to come by

October 20, 2013  10:03 AM ET

Interns are really struggling for stories this morning.

October 20, 2013  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

ummmm..... did you already forget the Richardson trade?

The Browns did well to get a first for him. But to compare Richardson to AP is apples/oranges. Will not happen regardless, they will not trade him. Not for years.

October 20, 2013  10:07 AM ET

Yeah, they should trade him to the Cowboys, who are just one good player away from a super bowl run, and get a boatload of picks in return.

October 20, 2013  10:09 AM ET

Not going to happen, at least not for a few years.

October 20, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Not going to happen, at least not for a few years.

In a few years Peterson's trade value will have diminished. I'm sure Adrian would prefer to play on a better team.

October 20, 2013  10:44 AM ET

The new rookie wage scale works against him and every other highly paid veteran.

For instance if you have injuries at a posiion and need to sign a replacement, why pay a veteran $10 mil for half a season when you can pick up a stud rookie for $1 mil in the nex draft?

October 20, 2013  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

In a few years Peterson's trade value will have diminished. I'm sure Adrian would prefer to play on a better team.

So he's not going to the Cowboys?

October 20, 2013  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The Browns did well to get a first for him. But to compare Richardson to AP is apples/oranges. Will not happen regardless, they will not trade him. Not for years.

From what we've seen so far, comparing Richardson to Peterson is more like apples/pro football running backs.

October 20, 2013  11:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Yeah, we all get it, but running backs in the NFL are not valued the way they once were. You would get a good return, but the sell out your draft for a running back days are over.

Hey, don't the Vikings have a history of bad trades involving RBs? A little deal involving Herschel Walker? And I was just thinking of Dallas as a good destination Peterson. It would only be history repeating itself.

October 20, 2013  11:18 AM ET

This is beyond ridicoulous. First, no one is going to give up a lot for AP. Not that he isn't great, its the Vikes would want your teams future. Second, the fans would erupt if you got rid of the franchise. At 33 ya, at 29 no. Third, why give up your running game. Once you have something in stone ride it. Why start over with uncertainty.

October 20, 2013  11:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Third, why give up your running game?

Cause you got nothing else?

October 20, 2013  11:48 AM ET

RBs age like milk. AP is awesome but the reality is that he is just about ready to start the descent, as long as it hopefully will be.

October 21, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

This is beyond ridicoulous. First, no one is going to give up a lot for AP. Not that he isn't great, its the Vikes would want your teams future. Second, the fans would erupt if you got rid of the franchise. At 33 ya, at 29 no. Third, why give up your running game. Once you have something in stone ride it. Why start over with uncertainty.

exactly when there is a good chance of them finding a qb in this years draft which is the main piece the vikes need....wont the draft this year be stacked with qb's?

October 21, 2013  12:11 PM ET

The should trade him to a team stupid enough to give a ridiculous number of draft picks and players for one running back like...the Vikings.

 
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