The Adrian Peterson saga continues to roll on with no perceivable end in sight for the sheer amount of quotes and rumors about the future of the Minnesota Vikings running back.
In the past day alone, we have seen so called NFL experts calling a Peterson trade unlikely, the Cowboys reportedly not making any calls to the Vikings about a move, and the Falcons GM saying they're not interested either.
Thankfully, just two days away from the start of the NFL Draft, things finally may have been settled after the latest quotes from the Vikings.
The Minnesota Vikings continue to insist that Adrian Peterson is not going anywhere. Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said today that despite widespread speculation that Peterson could be traded, that’s simply not going to happen.
“We can just end the Adrian Peterson stuff. Our position has not changed since all of the statements we made down at the owners’ meetings," Spielman said, according to ProFootballTalk.
"Adrian Peterson is under contract, his suspension was lifted, we’re looking forward to having Adrian Peterson as a Minnesota Viking in 2015. That’s the end of the story. That’s it,” Spielman said.
Spielman reiterated comments from coach Mike Zimmer that the Vikings expect Peterson to be their starting running back this year.
“I think coach Zimmer made it clear that we have no interest in trading Adrian Peterson. We don’t. Adrian made a mistake, he’s paid a price for that mistake, but I think if this organization didn’t believe in Adrian Peterson, he probably wouldn’t be here today. I know we believe in Adrian Peterson, but I also know that we’re a pretty good football team with Adrian Peterson in our backfield as well,” Spielman went on to say.
This might not be “the end of the story” as Spielman claims, but it certainly seems like the story is going to end with Peterson in a Vikings uniform in 2015. The draft is coming up and column inches need to be filled, so some beat writers are always going to try and bleed the stone a bit more.