UPDATE: Peterson attended last night’s Mavericks-Rockets game. According to WFAA-TV, Peterson told reporters that “it would be nice” to play in Dallas.
“I’ve got family here, my dad’s here. But I’m under contract, so we’ll see.”
Even though the running back wants to play for the Cowboys. he doesn’t have any say unless the Vikings want to trade him, and they don’t.
Multiple teams have expressed interest in acquiring Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. But the big question that remained was if a team that just missed the playoffs without its best player on the field would actually trade away that guy? The answer seems to be no.
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman shot down every rumor that has existed this offseason with a stern answer.
“I think Coach [Mike] Zimmer stated it pretty clear that we have no interest in trading Adrian Peterson, and we don’t,” Spielman said Tuesday, via the New York Times.
At the owners’ meetings in May, Zimmer said the team had no interest in trading Peterson away. Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, made it loud and clear that he feels that it’s not in his client’s best interests to play in Minnesota. Well, he doesn’t have a choice because he is under contract for the next three years, whether he likes it or not.
“Our position has not changed since all the statements we made down at the owners’ meetings, O.K.?” Spielman said. “Adrian Peterson is under contract. His suspension was lifted. We’re looking forward to having Adrian Peterson back here as a Minnesota Viking in 2015. That’s the end of the story. That’s it.”
It should be noted that Spielman is the same guy that said he wasn’t trading away Percy Harvin but did so a month later after making those public comments. During the same press conference, Spielman also said that he wants to trade down from the No. 11 pick. Would a team give up multiple picks to Minnesota to acquire Peterson? Possibly. But as of now, Peterson’s $12.75 million salary will be on Minnesota’s books this season.