The Minnesota Vikings are working hard to get rid of star running back Adrian Peterson, Arif Hasan of Vikings Territory reports. Multiple teams are interested in the running back, and it sounds like the Vikings are willing to take whatever they can get for him.
Peterson missed almost all of last season after being accused of beating his four-year-old son bloody with a switch. The legal charges were settled with a misdemeanor charge, a fine and 80 hours of community service, but the NFL still kept him suspended. That suspension was lifted this week after the NFLPA won a lawsuit against the NFL.
While Peterson has long been one of the very best running backs in the NFL, trading for him would not be without risks. His contract is extraordinarily expensive and he' s set to make a ridiculous $13 million this year, $15 million in 2016 and $17 million in 2017. The next most expensive back is LeSean McCoy, who makes just $9 million per year. Add to that the fact that Peterson will be 30 when the season starts, and taking on his contract would be prohibitive for any team.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are unlikely to be interested, too. They have three serviceable running backs in Charles Sims, Bobby Rainey and Doug Martin and better ways to spend their money than on a 30-year-old back. Although Lovie Smith might just be enamored with the guy who kept destroying his defense on the ground.