The NFL reinstated Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson last week, which means that teams no longer have to worry about if he will be suspended or not for the 2015 season, if they were interested in trading for him. There have been a lot of rumblings that Peterson has not been happy with how the Vikings handled his situation and wants out of Minnesota.
The issue going forward seems to be if the Vikings can get the kind of compensation you'd think you'd be able to get for Peterson and if there's a team willing to take on the remainder of his $86 million contract, which still has three years and about $45 million left on the tab.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been a team linked to Peterson a few times, mostly because the outside views running back as a massive need, the team chased Demarco Murray in free agency and they have loads and loads of cap room to play with, currently and going forward.
The source said if the Vikings want to trade Peterson, they never will have more leverage than during the April 30-May 2 draft. The source said Minnesota could be able to entice a team once Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley, the two top backs in the draft, are off the board.
The source named six teams in the mix for Peterson: Arizona, Atlanta, Dallas, Jacksonville, San Diego and Tampa Bay. The source does not believe Oakland, mentioned in media reports as a possible candidate, is in the mix.
It's an interesting situation for the Jaguars with Peterson, because while he did just turn 30-years-old, he's one of those once in a lifetime freak of nature players, where age doesn't seem to be a huge concern. The team clearly wants to upgrade the running back position and Peterson would certainly do that.
But, with cap hits of $15.4, $15 and $17 million the next three seasons, the question on what you realistically give up for an aging player with a looming PR issue and massive cap hit. It's likely that if Peterson is actually traded it will be during the NFL Draft and my guess would be during the second day.
Do you give up Pick No. 36 for Peterson? Your third round pick?
If the Jaguars are actually interested, that's the big game you have to play with the Vikings. What's the threshold for a trade like this? What are you willing to give up?