Ian Rapoport of NFL Media confirms that the Cowboys are not in the running for Vikings RB Adrian Peterson.
- According to Rapoport, the Cardinals could get more involved if they miss on some running backs in this year’s draft.
- Rapoport adds that the Vikings have maintained all along that he’ll either play for them or no one, so it would take quite a bit for them to change their minds.
According to Robinson, the Cowboys are not among the teams willing to to pay the price to acquire Peterson and have yet to even speak to the Vikings regarding a potential deal.
Peterson reportedly would be willing to play for the Cowboys, but the team isn’t willing to part with the draft compensation and money it would require.
As for the Cardinals, who are considered to be another strong suitor for Peterson, Robinson reports that they are not willing to part with a first-round pick for him.
Robinson mentions that Peterson would like to play for Arizona, and if they could get him for a second-round pick while reworking his contract, the deal would already have been completed.
The problem, according to Robinson, is that the Vikings have no intention of trading Peterson for a second-round pick.
Previous reports have mentioned that the Buccaneers, Falcons and Jaguars could also be landing spots for Peterson, but Robinson points out that this has more to do with the fact that they’re drafting early in round one.
While these teams have higher second round selections they could offer the Vikings, Robinson believes it would require even more compensation for Minnesota to part ways with Peterson.
Robinson writes that the Vikings could still guarantee Peterson a portion of his contract beyond the 2015 season and commit to being a part of their team moving forward. There’s no question that Peterson could take some pressure off of second-year QB Teddy Bridgewater, and reworking his deal could be enough to convince him to buy into where they’re headed.
Assuming Peterson isn’t traded by Saturday of next week, Robinson mentions that he will be on the Vikings’ roster in 2015.
Peterson, 30, still has another three years remaining on his seven-year, $96 million contract that included $36 million guaranteed. Over the next three years, Peterson stands to make base salaries of $12.75 million (2015), $14.75 million (2016), and $16.75 million (2017).
As for his cap figures, the Vikings are looking at $15.4 million (2015), $15 million (2016), and $17 million (2017).
According to OverTheCap.com, trading Peterson would free up $13 million in available cap space and create $2.4 million dead money.
Peterson appeared in just one game for the Vikings and ran for 75 yards on 21 carries (3.6 YPC) while adding two receptions for 18 yards receiving and no touchdowns.