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Adrian Peterson's contract will stop Arizona Cardinals trade

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The Arizona Cardinals have had a fairly up and down free agency period so far. 

So far in free agency, the Cardinals have released Ted Ginn, Larry Foote, Darnell Dockett and Lyle Sendlein. On the other side of things they have managed to bring in Mike Iupati, Sean Wetherspoon, Corey Peters and Lamarr Woodley.

Their roster could be set to get a lot better however, with the team being linked with a move for Minnesota Vikings All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson.

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Cap Pain

However, there is a potential spanner in the works already. According to a report from Peter King of the MMQB, Peterson's contract could have a huge effect on any potential deal the Cardinals would want to do with the Vikings.

“We haven’t had contact with the Vikings about it, to the best of my knowledge,” King's source source said. “And there is no way we could live with those numbers. We just got Larry Fitzgerald’s contract under control. No way we’d add that salary.”

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According to Sportrac, Peterson will earn around $45 million in the next three years, and that is a figure which is far too high for any team in the National Football League right now.

King noted that trading for the soon-to-be-30 Peterson isn't a must for the Cardinals considering this year's tantalizing cast of draft-eligible running backs. Arizona picks at No. 24 and No. 55 overall and should have no problem finding help at those spots with the likes of Todd Gurley, Tevin Coleman, Melvin Gordon and Duke Johnson all looking to make an impact.

Swapping Peterson for another high-priced veteran would help, Larry Fitzgerald for example could be a possibly, but that is extremely unlikely right now and a release and signing on a new contract would be the only way Peterson will likely end up in Arizona this off-season.

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