- Cole lists the Colts, Cardinals and Cowboys as the most likely trade partners.
Before Peterson can be moved, he needs to be reinstated. Peterson is scheduled to meet with the commissioner “this week” according to Ian Rapoport. He is eligible to be reinstated as early as April 15.
The Cowboys freed up $13 million in cap space after restructuring QB Tony Romo‘s contract. Many believe however, that the excess money will be used on DE Greg Hardy, who can make upwards of more than $11 million in 2015.
Of course, the team needs to save some money to sign their draft class. Accordingly, acquiring Peterson would likely require restructuring of additional contracts, but as Rapoport notes, it is “doable.”
The fit is an obvious one, with RB DeMarco Murray having moved on, leaving RB Joseph Randle and the oft-injured RB Darren McFadden at the top of the depth chart. It does not hurt that Peterson is a native Texan.
Peterson, 29, 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.