However, source tell Hubbach that Minnesota hasn’t ruled out the possibility of trading Peterson if more details emerge. According to Hubbach, this would also depend on the recommendation of GM Rick Spielman.
Vikings HC Mike Zimmer was unwilling to discuss the situation with reporters after the game and said he would do so at a later time.
Hubbach’s source says the Vikings don’t expect the NFL to discipline Peterson unless he’s convicted.
The idea of Peterson being on the trading block has come up in the past given that the Vikings aren’t close to competing for a Super Bowl and Peterson is getting up their in age.
The Texans and Cowboys were both mentioned as speculative options for Peterson, considering that he grew up in Texas and has said that the would like to play for a Texas team if the opportunity presented itself.
Peterson, 29, is entering the fifth year of his seven-year, $96 million contract that includes $36 million guaranteed. He has base salaries of $12.75 million (2015), $14.75 million (2016) and $15.75 million (2017) coming his way.
It’s hard to say what a team would be willing to part with in return for Peterson give his age and contract, but there would certainly be interest.
We’ll have to see how the court case plays out in the coming months.