One of those persistent rumors that springs up from time to time is Adrian Peterson's desire to put on a blue and and white jersey and play for the Dallas Cowboys.
The stud running back Peterson is of course a Texan native and has himself stoke the fires of a trade by calling up and speaking to none other than Jerry Jones himself. Much
of the speculation has focused around whether Jerry Jones is guilty of player interference.
A bigger and more interesting question though is whether the Vikings should in fact look to trade Peterson anyway because there is a good argument they should.
As of today before a snap of the regular season Adrian Peterson is a stud. He is one of the few every down backs playing in the modern NFL. He is also 29-years-old and he
is not a young 29. Over his career Peterson has endured a number of serious injuries and major surgeries. Including an ACL injury which although he has bounced back from will have take its toll in the long run. The question that has got to be asked is how much tread is left on Peterson's tires?
The answer of course is that nobody knows but given the average career of running back and Peterson's age the chances are that Peterson is just starting on the downward curve of his career. In other words now is the perfect time to trade him.
Low Value of Running Backs
Another factor in favour of a trade is the low value of currently placed on running backs. No running backs went in the first round of the draft this year and free agent running backs are no longer being paid mega bucks. For example, star ex-Titans running back Chris Johnson is only guaranteed $4.5 million under his new contract with the Jets.
By contrast Peterson is in the middle of a $100 million contract that will pay him $11.75 million this year. Peterson is of course a much better player than Johnson but the difference in salary costs is big.
If they were to trade Peterson away the Vikings could probably get two stud runnings
backs in the second and third round should they so choose for a fraction of the cost of Peterson. These rookies would be young, hungry and on the upswing of their careers. The money saved could then be reinvested in the rest of the squad.
Peterson's High Worth
The biggest argument in favor of trading Peterson though is the high value that the Vikings could get for him. Jerry Jones is notable for making odd decisions in the draft and it is not beyond the realms of possibility that Jones would be willing to trade away multiple high draft picks to get a media bauble like Peterson.
Surely a first round pick and a couple of second round picks for a player who is
nearly 30 would peak the Vikings interest.