The first is that he wants new guarantees added to his contract as some sort of apology from the team. As things stand right now, there are no more guarantees remaining in his current deal that will keep him under team control for another three years.
The second issue is that Peterson still doesn’t trust the Vikings’ front office. Cole mentions that Peterson has no issues with the Vikings’ coaching staff, the football people, and ownership.
According to Cole, there are four teams interested in trading for him — the Jaguars, Cowboys, Cardinals and Colts.
Cole points out that the Jaguars could offer him the kind of money he’s looking for, but the Cowboys still make the most sense for Peterson, given that he can compete for a title and they have a solid offensive line in place.
- Dane Brugler of CBS Sports mentions that the Cowboys can’t be ruled out as an option for Peterson until they’ve drafted a running back.
- Ian Rapoport reports that Peterson is not expected to receive a suspension from the league, but he could still be docked up to three game checks.
It’s worth mentioning that the Vikings have maintained all along that they have no plans to trade Peterson, and instead expect him to be their starting running back this year.
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.