The Minnesota Vikings trade superstar running back, and face of the franchise, Adrian Peterson? Sounds ridiculous right, it is almost even had to say. Yet one columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press thinks the Vikings should follow the Cleveland Browns footsteps and trade Adrian Peterson for the betterment of the player and the franchise.
First off, he cites Peterson’s age.
“Adrian Peterson is 28 years old. NFL history is filled with stories about great running backs that began to break down at the age of 30,” Tom Powers writes. “He’s wasting his prime here. And the Vikings need bulk, not one superstar player. So trading Peterson for enough components to jumpstart the team’s development is a sound strategy.”
One key piece of ‘evidence’ he uses to support his claim, is the Dallas Cowboys trade of Hershel Walker. The Vikings sent a slew of draft picks to Dallas for the running back and with those picks they got Emmitt Smith and Darren Woodson, players who played an integral role in their dynasty.
Of course they couldn’t be guaranteed to get two quality players like that, but Peterson certainly would command a bunch of draft picks. To trade Peterson now, before seeing what the Josh Freeman experiment ends up like is rash decision.
— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) October 18, 2013