The NFL Draft 2015 is now officially over as all seven rounds have been completed and every pick has been made. Trades happened throughout the three days of selections, but there was never one that ended up being a real blockbuster. Running back Adrian Peterson is still with the Minnesota Vikings, and one has to wonder if he will ever end up in a new place…especially the Dallas Cowboys.
It appears now as if a trade for Adrian Peterson is no longer something that will happen. He is still under contract with the Minnesota Vikings, and a trade didn’t happen during the draft so it looks like he is going to stay put in purple for 2015.
Now, the words of his agent Ben Dogra rang out and jogged everyone’s memory from a few weeks ago when he said they wanted out of Minnesota. His tune has since changed and that was evident when he spoke with USA Today.
“One of the things that I appreciate with the Vikings is their resolve to say ‘we’re not trading him.’ That tells me they value him not only as a football player, but what he’s done for the organization.
“I actually, as an agent, not only appreciate it — I accept it. But actions speak louder than words. If that’s going to happen, and you want to keep him, then show him a commitment to make him retire as a Viking. And I haven’t had that solution.”
That’s a huge change from how things sounded in March. It was then that Dogra told reporters that Peterson would be best playing somewhere other than Minnesota in 2015. Now, with a base salary of $12.75 million for the upcoming season, it appears as if they will be happy with the Vikings for one more season.
Actually, that salary number and the reported huge demands that the Vikings had in case a trade happened are the reasons that Peterson likely wasn’t traded. Numerous teams never said much, as they legally couldn’t, but it was insinuated that the demands were far too high.
Rumors persisted for months that the Dallas Cowboys were the leaders in winning the trade battle for Adrian Peterson. After that, the Cardinals and Raiders and Falcons and Buccaneers and a host of others joined the race.
According to Twin Cities, Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said that he believes Peterson will come around to playing for Minnesota. He also believes that the Vikings didn’t trade the running back for a good reason.
“You can’t afford to (trade him),” he said. “He’s one of the best running backs in the league. I feel like he’s the best in the league. I’m going to be excited having him back.”
Munnerlyn really is right and that’s probably why the Dallas Cowboys were always rumored to be going after Adrian Peterson. Who wouldn’t want a player like that on their team? No one may ever know if any real offers were on the table, but for 2015, it certainly seems like Peterson will play for the Vikings with $12.75 million in his pocket and a smile on his face – real or not.
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