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NFL Notes: Adrian Peterson, Draft, Free Agency, Raiders, Rams, & Seahawks

Adrian Peterson

Vikings GM Rick Spielman said on Monday that they’ve been in contact with RB Adrian Peterson since last week’s ruling.

According to Spielman, the ability to have “open dialogue” has been “beneficial,” as they’re still hoping to have Peterson back next year.

We are able to have communication now with Adrian,” Spielman said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “We’ll keep all those communications internal. I don’t want to sit here and give you guys a blow-by-blow every day. I think it’s very clearly stated that we want Adrian Peterson back. There’s no question about the talent and he’s a unique talent and he’s under contract with us.

Draft

Mike Mayock updated his positional rankings on Monday. Here are some notes his rankings:

  • Baylor QB Bryce Petty remains his No. 3 quarterback followed by UCLA QB Brett Hundley.
  • Mayock moved ASU WR Jaelen Strong up to his No. 4 receiver and CFU WR Bredshad Perriman to tied for No. 5 with Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham.
  • Southern Illinois TE MyCole Pruitt saw a jump to Mayock’s No. 3 tight end.
  • LSU OT La’el Collins is Mayock’s new No. offensive tackle.
  • Edge rusher’s Shane Ray and Vic Beasley moved ahead of Nebraska’s Randy Gregory.
  • MSU LB Benardrick McKinney and Miami LB Denzel Perryman were replaced as the No. 2 and 3 linebackers by UCLA’s Eric Kendricks and Clemson’s Stephone Anthony.
  • There is a lot of movement with Mayock’s top-five cornerbacks, but MSU’s Trae Waynes remains the top guy.

Free Agency

Field Yates of ESPN (Insider) identifies the Jaguars, Colts, Jets, Raiders and Browns as the top-five teams who could end up being big spenders in free agency.

Raiders

  • Ian Rapoport reports that the Oakland Raiders “will spend a lot” on free agents this offseason.

Rams

  • The Rams were the only team who didn’t carryover cap space into 2015. (George Atallah)

Seahawks

  • Field Yates (Insider) writes that free agent RB C.J. Spiller would be an “intriguing” addition for a Seahawks team that could some more speed on the offensive side of the ball.
  • Yates adds that Seattle could use Spiller in a similar role to the one Percy Harvin previously played for them.