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Adrian Peterson trade a "game changer" says Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald

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The options available to Adrian Peterson reduced by one today with the news that the Vikings would not release the running back during this NFL offseason.

That means the saga concerning Peterson's future will end in one of two ways. Either AP will stay with the Minnesota Vikings for the 2015 season or he will be traded.

Larry speaks

The Arizona Cardinals have emerged as the top candidate for such a trade in recent weeks, making the comments from their veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald today concerning such a move all the more interesting.

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“Obviously, he’s an MVP-caliber player,” Fitzgerald said via Arizona's official website as he spoke publicly for the first time on the speculation.

Fitzgerald is a long time friend of Peterson and admitted that being able to call the 10,190 yard rusher a team mate next season would be a "game changer" for the franchise.

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“Everybody knows that. Any team he ends up with [Peterson] - or if he stays with the Vikings - is going to have a great back. If he was to come play here, it would obviously mean a tremendous amount for our ball club.”

While the Arizona front office may be keeping quiet on the topic it is perhaps telling that one of their veteran stars has gone on record to discuss the hyped move.

Good fit

It was reported earlier this week that the Cardinals and Vikings had been in discussions regarding a trade - with the Cardinals rumored to have offered a second round draft pick for Peterson's services.

Moreover, with Adrian Peterson open to a trade, it is Arizona who currently sit atop his wish list in terms of teams he would like to end up with.

Last season the Cardinals ranked second last in total rushing yards with 1,308 - above only the Oakland Raiders. The loss of Andre Ellington to injury obviously impacted them on that front, but it also suggested that Ellington is not a back who can be relied upon to carry a heavy load week in week out.

Peterson meanwhile, besides his suspension hit 2014 campaign, has played in at least 14 regular season games in every season bar 2011 where he appeared in 12.

Add to that AP's staggering ability and incredible touchdown and yards numbers and his arrival would certainly upgrade the Cardinals' offense.

What do you think Cardinals fans? Is there a chance your team lands Peterson and how good a move would it be? Do you even want him at your franchise? Let us know in the comments section below...

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