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Vikings GM Rick Spielman: 'Adrian's not going anywhere'

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion under Vikings, Adrian Peterson Updated: January 24, 2014 - 5:01 PM

If you think there’s a chance the Vikings might trade running back Adrian Peterson, general manager Rick Spielman rejected the hypothetical this week.

“Adrian’s not going anywhere,” Spielman said on Pro Football Talk. “We’ve got him under contract. He’s the face of our franchise. He is a blue chip player, and we have a new coaching staff coming in place and very excited about what’s coming ahead for us.”

Of course, Spielman said those exact words about former head coach Leslie Frazier during the season. He also said he had "no intent" of a trade involving former wide receiver Percy Harvin, who will play in the Super Bowl for the Seahawks. 

Peterson is expected to make a full recovery in six week from groin surgery on Thursday to repair the adductor muscle. He’s had a surgical operation in each of the last three offseasons now, including ACL and MCL surgery in 2011 and hernia surgery last year.

“I never have any doubts in Adrian and this one was a minor procedure that it was bothering some but this is something that he’ll fully recover from,” Spielman said. “You never count Adrian out because he always has a chip on his shoulder, he always wants to prove that he’s the best in the business and I have no doubt that he will do that this offseason as well.”

Spielman was at the Senior Bowl this week but difficult to spot along with head coach Mike Zimmer. They’ve been working to piece together Zimmer’s staff, which Spielman hopes will all work their way to Winter Park next week.

“Our number one objective is to have those new coaches evaluate our team and our talent and see if they see the same things that we’ve seen where our holes are, then start to put the pieces in place on the needs that you have to fill,” Spielman said.

Spielman worked with offensive coordinator Norv Turner in Miami from 2002-03 and said his previous experience as a head coach will be great for Zimmer in his first head coaching gig. Spielman touched on the quarterback situation and said he’s going to depend on Turner’s expertise to guide the franchise in that position.

“We have to determine if we do have that guy on our roster but also which direction we go in the draft too if we do go in the draft,” Spielman said. “I think as this unfolds, you’re going to see that there is going to be some depth at the quarterback position in this draft. It’s going to give you some flexibility where, and it’s too early in the process to tell, but potentially what you do with our eighth overall pick and a lot of that will be determined as we go down the road here.”

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