With the recent mini-controversy over the report that Ben Roethlisberger was expected to ask for a trade out of Pittsburgh once the season is over and that the Steelers had fielded offers to swap their franchise quarterback, that immediately commenced much hand-wringing and consternation.
Thus, Roethlisberger has had to ease the public's mind multiple times by saying he is not interested in playing for anybody else but Pittsburgh.
Perhaps, then, Adrian Peterson wanted to get ahead of the curve, and the runnnig back went ahead and said Thursday that he wants to play for the Vikings and finish his career in Minnesota. I guess in the event that somebody some day linked him to some kind of trade rumor.
"I definitely wouldn't mind playing here," Peterson said, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I feel like we have the right pieces and we can continue to get some more pieces as well to help build this team and make us even stronger. ... So, no, [I don't want to go anywhere else]."
There is a point to that statement, though, because he's 28, and he knows that once a running back gets close to 30, the yards seemingly become tougher to gain. Peterson signed a seven-year, $96 million contract in 2011, and the team's salary cap hit will be between $14.4 million and $16 million from 2014-2017. The team, at that point, might try to unload him in order to unload some of that financial burden.
The team, I imagine, also will want to look to the future of the organization in the next few years and could try to leverage him for another squad's draft picks.
"I understand that," Peterson said. "I know this is a business and things like that happen. So, if it happens, it happens. There's not much I can't handle. I'm sure someone will welcome me with open arms if they do decide to trade me. ... But it's a business, so if they trade me, then, 'Hey.'"
Or there could be a much simpler explanation to all of this. Maybe Peterson just thinks that if your name somehow ends up in the trade-o-sphere, he then can turn around and ask for $20 million per season in his next contract. Hey, it might work for Roethlisberger.
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