Adrian Peterson has finally been reinstated by Roger Goodell and the National Football League following an extended period away from the game.
Peterson was placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List by the Minnesota Vikings immediately after details emerged of the child abuse case he was being investigated for and it seems that Peterson still hasn't forgiven the Vikes for that.
Then there was the case of his agent Ben Dogra, getting in a verbal and physical confrontation with a Viking exec, you can tell that the relationship between the two is far from ideal. Which is why it remains a real possibility that Peterson may not be in Minnesota for too long.
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Raiders in the Running
And there are plenty of NFL sides that are just watching and waiting, biding their time before they swoop in to try and land the star running back. Today it was revealed that the Oakland Raiders may well be one of those teams.
Ian Rapoport reported today that the Raiders have some interest in acquiring Peterson, according to a source informed of their thinking. Rapoport characterized the Raiders as being "on the outskirts" of the chase for Peterson, but it is an option they have discussed internally.
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Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report added that the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys are also interested in the 30-year old.
Freeman quoted one NFL general manager (who chose to remain anonymous) as saying the Raiders are right there with Dallas as a front-runner for Peterson.
The Raiders still have enough space under the salary cap to pay Peterson - they were in the running for DeMarco Murray before the Philadelphia Eagles landed him - and the Silver and Black have a desire to get better, fast.
The Raiders also have a link to AP. The Raiders new offensive coordinator is one Bill Musgrave, who was the Vikings’ OC when Peterson had his best season in 2012, narrowly missing out on the NFL rushing record.
Peterson still has the ability to be a star, even after a year out of the game. In 2013, he gained 1,266 yards and averaged 4.5 yards per carry. In 2012, he averaged 6.0 yards per touch and amassed 2,097 yards rushing.
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