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Peterson would welcome Burress

Posted by: under Vikings, NFC, Adrian Peterson Updated: June 14, 2011 - 5:45 PM

The Vikings do not appear to have any interest in adding free-agent Plaxico Burress when the lockout is over, but running back Adrian Peterson would welcome the opportunity to play with the wide receiver.

“Of course, I would love him to be a part of my team," Peterson said Tuesday during an appearance on ESPN2's "SportsNation."He’s a guy before he left the game for two years, he was one of the top receivers in the league. You look at [Michael] Vick, when he came out [of jail], how explosive he was. I’m sure [Burress is] going to come out, he’s going to be on fire and he’ll be ready to contribute to whichever team picks him up.”

Burress, 33, who has played nine NFL seasons,was released from a prison in upstate New York last week after serving a 20-month sentence on a gun charge. Burress shot himself in the thigh in November 2008 at a nightclub in New York City when a handgun that he had in his sweatpants slipped from his waistband and went off. He began serving his sentence in September 2009.

Burress was with the Giants from 2005 to 2008. He has caught 505 passes for 7,845 yards and 55 touchdowns in his time with the Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers (2000-04).

Asked if he felt Burress was similar to what Randy Moss has become in his later years, Peterson said: “I’m not really the type to judge. I really don’t know [Burress] personally like that, just what you see on TV. I feel like people change, so we’ll see if he changed for the better.”

Peterson also discussed quarterback Christian Ponder, whom the Vikings took 12th overall in the first round of the April draft, and the possibility of Los Angeles getting an NFL team.

Peterson said he doesn't know too much about Ponder, but added, "I’ve heard he has all the intangibles.” Peterson did run into Ponder at a golf event organized by Denver's Tim Tebow in Jacksonville, Fla.

"He already had the playbook," Peterson said. "He should be ready to go. The one thing I know about his game is he’s very accurate. His accuracy is there." (The reality is Ponder has some elements of the playbook but he does not have the entire playbook.)

As for Los Angeles getting a team, Peterson said "it would be nice" to see L.A. get a franchise and called it "a wonderful city."

We need to make it clear, however, Peterson was NOT saying he wanted the Vikings to move. He admitted he's heard plenty of talk about the Vikings leaving town if they don't get a stadium and said he saw a newspaper article on that subject Monday when he was in the Twin Cities.

"If you think about it, L.A. stole the Lakers from Minnesota," Peterson said. "I don’t think the fans are going to let the Vikings get away.”
 

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