The Arizona Cardinals continue to come up hen it deals with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. We have many reports that say the Cardinals will pursue Peterson, especially if he hits the open market.
The Vikings have not decided to release him yet, so the only way to acquire him would be via trade.
That's where the latest report comes in. According to Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson, Peterson has given the Vikings a list of five teams for whom he would be willing to restructure his contract to facilitate a trade. The Cardinals are one of those team, along with the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Diego Chargers.
According to Spotrac, Peterson is due $12.75 million in salary in 2015 and has a cap hit of over $15 million. Arizona currently has a little less than $15 million in salary cap space. However, a contract restructure would fix the salary cap issue.
The question is whether or not the Cardinals would look to make a trade for him or if they would only pursue him if he becomes a free agent, which would only happen if the Vikings release him.
This report could lead to a bidding war. What would it take to get Peterson in a trade? The last trade the Cardinals made was for Carson Palmer and all it took was swapping draft picks one year and a seventh round pick the next year.
Daily Norseman believes the Vikes could land a player and a pick.
At this point, we have to concede to the fact the Cardinals do in fact have interest in Peterson. The rumors are all over. What we don't know is whether general manager Steve Keim, who is rumored to have been the voice in the room that really wanted to draft Peterson back in 2007, would pull the trigger on a trade or whether he would only go after him as a free agent.
What would you be willing to give up to land a generational player like Peterson?