The first round of the draft passed by Thursday night without an Adrian Peterson trade and Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman was as adamant as ever in declaring Peterson would go nowhere.
Now it appears Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, is waving a white flag — well, at least on this front.
“One of the things that I appreciate with the Vikings is their resolve to say ‘we’re not trading him,’” Dogra said in an interview with USA Today. “That tells me they value him not only as a football player, but what he’s done for the organization. I actually, as an agent, not only appreciate it — I accept it. But actions speak louder than words. If that’s going to happen, and you want to keep him, then show him a commitment to make him retire as a Viking. And I haven’t had that solution.”
In other words, the Vikings need to show Peterson the money to show him a commitment.
Peterson will make $12.75 million in base salary if he plays for the Vikings this season and he can earn another $250,000 if he meets participation requirements at organized team activities and the mandatory minicamp in June.
He is scheduled to make $45 million over the final three years of his contract, but there is no guaranteed money for the 30-year-old running back beyond this season.
Reading between the lines here — and in this case you don't need a magnifying glass — it seems Team Peterson would like a new deal that includes guaranteed money in 2016 and perhaps beyond.
In the interview with USA Today, Dogra also expressed regret for some of his actions while trying to create leverage for Peterson in a situation where the running back had none. That included telling reporters at the owners meetings that it would be better for Peterson if he resumed his career elsewhere and also posting some cryptic messages on Facebook.
“My biggest regret would be if I set Adrian in any different light, in a negative manner,” Dogra said. “My job as a representative is to be his advocate. And I understand that may mean myself taking the bullets and facing scrutiny. I signed up for that job. Adrian didn’t hire me to fight for me. He hired me to fight for him. And it’s not my job to be everybody’s best friend. It’s my job to do what’s right by him, and it’s as simple as that.”
With the odds of a Peterson trade slimmer than ever now that the first round of the draft is over, it sure sounds like Team Peterson is regrouping to come up with their next plan of attack.