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Adrian Peterson’s Future

One thing is for sure when it comes to the future of Minnesota Vikings running back: he will be returning to the NFL next season. Unfortunately, that seems to be the only thing that is certain. Adrian Peterson may not be returning to the Vikings, which has the franchise sweating bullets over losing their star running back. So where will Peterson be heading? Here are three likely contenders for Peterson’s future.

Arizona Cardinals

This looks like a likely landing spot for Adrian Peterson. With Carson Palmer currently out of commission, the Cardinals would love to grab a star running back with stats like Peterson. As Peterson has voiced in the past, winning is one of the most important attributes of a team, and as it has been proven, the Cardinals are a winning team.

Andre Ellington proved to be a bit of a bust for the Cardinals, with only 3.3 yards per carry. Peterson has proven he has the goods to pick up this slack.

Sadly, the Cardinals only have about $9 million in cap space, 6 of which is going to rookie prospects. With a current contract worth over $12 million, acquiring Peterson would require some definite negotiation.

Dallas Cowboys

Although Peterson has some off-field issues, Dallas has historically been a franchise that hasn’t given much concern to their players’ personal lives. Dallas could definitely use someone like Peterson after losing DeMarco Murray to Philadelphia.

Even worse than the Cardinals in this regard, is Dallas’ capspace. Unfortunately, they have the second worst budgeting concerns in the league (behind the Saints), so not only would acquiring Peterson require contract readjustment, it would also mean that they may have to cut players like Brandon Carr.

Minnesota Vikings

Peterson has been incredibly vocal about his dislike of his current team: the Vikings. However, the fact of the matter is, the Vikings are in the definitive position of power here. Peterson still has three years left on his contract, and no matter what sort of negotiation might take place, Peterson is going to lose money on his $12.75 million contract. The Vikings would also have to find a franchise willing to pony up a hefty sum for Peterson and, no matter how good Peterson is — and he is good — a contract nearing #13 million is a bit much for any team.

GRFF Staff

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