So these are the results of the latest Star Tribune question on whether the Vikings should keep Adrian Peterson:
|# of votes||% of votes|
|Yes, he's vital to the team's success in 2015||2026||49%|
|No, it's time for both sides to move on||2071||51%|
To put it mildly, Vikings fans have gone back and forth on Peterson as his issues with the NFL and the Vikings have played out.
In the beginning, on September 15, we asked what the Vikings should do with Peterson when reports of his child-abuse case were first made public.
|Reinstate him during the legal process.||3530||42%|
|Suspend him during the legal process.||2693||32%|
|Release him outright.||2247||27%|
Two days later, when the Vikings reinstated him, we asked how you felt about that:
The next day, he was suspended again -- and wouldn't play for the rest of the 2014 season. Did you agree with the call?
Then we asked if Peterson would ever play for the Vikings again:
That was it for our Peterson questions until early November, when Peterson's legal case was settled and we asked if he should rejoin the Vikings. That's when we saw the first change of heart.
|Yes, he should rejoin the team right away||16305||72%|
|Yes, but not until he serves a longer suspension||2174||10%|
|No, he should not play again for the Vikings||4090||18%|
On November 17, after the NFL suspended Peterson for the rest of the season, we asked if you agreed with the decision:
A month later, when the NFL denied Peterson's appeal, you didn't like that by an even greater margin:
On New Year's Eve, we asked if you wanted Peterson to return to the Vikings -- and most were on board with that:
Earlier this month, when Peterson came to Minneapolis to appeal his suspension in court, we asked if you thought Peterson would play for the Vikings in 2015. You did:
And, once again, after Peterson said the Vikings didn't support him as much as he would have liked and his agent had a verbal altercation with a Vikings official, we asked one more time if you want Peterson back. Right now, you pretty much can't make up your mind.
|Yes, he's vital to the team's success in 2015||2043||49%|
|No, it's time for both sides to move on||2085||51%|
We'll see how you feel about this on April 15, when Peterson is eligible to be reinstated -- and maybe even again (and again) as the story plays out. Keep in mind, this isn't scientific polling. But we can make a pretty good argument these 10 polls do a pretty good job of tracking how the mood toward Peterson has shifted back and forth.
Here's video for four of the five players taken by the Vikings in Rounds 6 and 7 of the NFL draft. There was no college video available for linebacker Brandon Watts of Georgia Tech.
Antone Exum, cornerback, Virginia Tech
Kendeall James, cornerback, Maine
Shamar Stephen, defensive tackle, Connecticut
Jabari Price, cornerback, North Carolina
Here's a look at the five players taken by the Vikings in the first five rounds of the draft.
Anthony Barr, linebacker, UCLA
Teddy Bridgewater, quarterback, Louisville
Scott Crichton, defensive end, Oregon State
Jerick McKinnon, running back, Georgia Southern
David Yankey, offensive lineman, Stanford
What's not to like about Cordarrelle Patterson?
The Vikings wide receiver/kick returner/hockey fan is looking for someone to hang with at Friday night's Game 4 of the Wild-Chicago series.
And he could be looking for you.
Who wants to watch the Wild tie it up on Friday with me?? I'll pick tomorrow after meetings!— cordarrelle (@ceeflashpee84) May 7, 2014
We were kind of hoping that Patterson was looking for a bar or a house party where he could watch the game with a bunch of people. But it turns out that he wants to take one of his Twitter followers, which is almost as good.
If you go, send us a selfie, please.
Twitter was so excited about the prospect of a Jared Allen trade that we almost couldn't stand it. In case you had something better to do -- and we hope you did and left the following to Upload -- here's a sampling of what went up, down and around in cyberspace.
Vikings are certainly open to fielding offers today for Jared Allen. Have had a few talks w teams but nothing substantial yet— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 29, 2013
Seattle making 11th-hour push to trade for Vikings Pro-Bowl DE Jared Allen, per multiple sources. Vikings also talking to second team.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 29, 2013
Seahawks want to trade for Jared Allen http://t.co/N99bYsIgAf— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 29, 2013
As noted in the past Jared Allen's $ and cap # make trade difficult but he'd be willing to work with MIN if the fit is right ...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 29, 2013
Jared Allen have heart like Iron Sheik. He ready for main event bubba we see happens— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) October 29, 2013
Seahawks reportedly looking to trade for Vikings Pro-Bowl DE Jared Allen http://t.co/Ryz0IZXLwL— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 29, 2013
Contrary to what is out there Seattle is NOT one of the teams in it for Jared Allen. Two others but Seattle is not talking to Vikes for him— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 29, 2013
Vikings have signed DE Justin Trattou. Are they filling Jared Allen's spot on the depth chart before trading him?— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 29, 2013
Seahawks not expected to trade for Vikings DE Jared Allen now. One source said the Seahawks have decided to not actively pursue him.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 29, 2013
Seahawks have now decided NOT to actively pursue a trade for Vikings DE Jared Allen. (via @AdamSchefter)— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 29, 2013
Being told Los Angeles Dodgers most likely team to pull trigger on Jared Allen trade. Willing to absorb $7.5 million salary.— Patrick Daugherty (@RotoPat) October 29, 2013
Broncos not in on Vikings DE Jared Allen. Options diminishing.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 29, 2013
Vikings running out of potential teams to "come take Jared Allen, please..."— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) October 29, 2013
Jared Allen trade talks are now dead. Last of teams they were talking to are out.— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 29, 2013
As expected, #Vikings didn’t trade Jared Allen. Salary, lack of interest, few suitors with cap space — all played a part.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 29, 2013
Strong rumours of a Jared Allen trade today from the Minnesota vikings - at least I didn't fork out £70 for a Jared Allen Jersey 3 weeks ago— Andrew McNeill (@macca7760) October 29, 2013
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