Adrian Peterson Trade Suitors Down to 3 Teams
Then there were three. The Adrian Peterson trade rumors have been running wild before last season even ended, but we’re just now finally getting closer to some type of resolution. One answer still could be that Peterson sticks with the only team he’s ever known – the Minnesota Vikings – but recent reports suggest three teams remain that could actually swing a deal to land the disgruntled star running back.
Not among them? The Dallas Cowboys. Yahoo!’s Charles Robinson suggests Jerry Jones and co. have turned the page and won’t be making a deal to land “All Day”. Instead, anyone who suggests Dallas as a potential suitor at this point is “1,000% wrong”, per Robinson.
With Dallas out of the mix, the Colts rolling with Frank Gore and the Bills and Eagles already having answers in their offensive backfield, the final three figure to be the Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Robinson does leave the door open for the Atlanta Falcons to be a fourth team, but doesn’t include them as a likely destination.
With a trio carved out, the next question is obvious: which of these three teams is most likely to trade for Peterson?
Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley already admitted that Jacksonville “had a discussion” about Peterson, but that it was “brief”. That could drop the Jags out of serious contention, while the Buccaneers are really just emerging now as a serious contender.
Of the three, the Cardinals are without a doubt the top suitor. Arizona is the closest of the three to making a deep playoff run, they have a competent and proven starting quarterback, a solid supporting cast on offense and as of last year, an elite, veteran defense.
If Peterson had his pick, one would have to think Arizona would be his choice. And should that trade go down, the Cardinals would instantly be transformed into legit contenders to make a run for the Super Bowl in 2015.
Of course, with the highs and lows of the NFL off-season, we can’t be sure any of this sticks. Per Robinson, we can probably rule out Dallas now. But until something official goes down, we can’t really rule out anything else.
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