The Adrian Peterson saga of whether or not he will be traded by the Minnesota Vikings, and whether the Arizona Cardinals will be the team to trade for him took another slight turn recently. After weeks of hearing about the Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys as possible trading partners, another team has reported interest in acquiring the star running back.
The Oakland Raiders, who have over $20 million in salary cap space available, are reportedly interested in trading for Peterson.
Oakland struck out in free agency trying to sign a big name running back. They have more salary cap than either the Cardinals or the Cowboys. They have over $20 million available space, making it easy to absorb Peterson's current contract, which will pay him $13 million in 2015.
Arizona has just under $14 million and Dallas has just under $13 million available cap space. Any team who trades for Peterson would have to have available cap space to fit his contract unless it was renegotiated by the Vikings before the transaction.
Oakland would be an interesting destination. The Cardinals and Cowboys are expected to be Super Bowl contenders coming out of the NFC. The Raiders are not even expected to be a postseason team.
Even still, as things currently stand -- nothing actually having happened except for the reinstatement of Peterson to the league -- the Cardinals are considered the favorites still to land the running back.
According to AZCentral's Bobby McManaman, FootballBettingCenter gives the Cardinals 9/2 odds of getting Peterson if he is traded. Dallas is right behind with 5/1 odds, followed by Oakland with 10/1 odds.