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Adrian Peterson said what?

Posted by ForPete'sSake , 28 August 2014 · 359 views

In the last few years, ever since AP recovered unbelievably from a horrific knee injury, there has been more talk about what uniform he will wear next rather than the championship ring or the many records we all want him to achieve as a Minnesota Viking.

When this guy speaks, people listen. And that was no more prevalent than today when he supposedly told Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that he wanted to play for the Cowboys. Or was he just joking and didn't really mean it?

I don't think anyone will ever really know the true context of his statement - as die-hard fans we all want to believe it was blown way out of proportion and that AP's heart will always reside in the land of 10,000 lakes.

But one certainly has to wonder if that is truly the case.

And, we also have to wonder if that is truly in the best interest of the Vikings long-term. Okay, here we go again. It's been bantered to no end in social media circles - whether we stay with AP into his pre-retirement years or we deal him now to retire his huge impending salary and try and build for the future.

It's sort of a Catch 22 situation that the Vikings will find themselves in a year from now - debating internally that same question. Every franchise has to talk about getting better in the future. It's often difficult to be able to re-build and re-load at the same time. Maybe the Patriots are one of the only franchises in the last many years that can boast doing that. And maybe the Seahawks want to be the next one to do the same.

I, myself, would love to see a high-octane passing game - especially since the rules and how games are being officiated really favor that type of strategy right now in the league. I'm guessing we will see an enormous amount of passing attempts this year. Which leads Vikings fans to talk about the value of a legendary running back.

Yes, AP is a legend. He will go down as one of the best to play his position. In earlier eras, he would be even more highly regarded, if that's possible. And yet, we keep talking about whether the Vikes should stay with him or let him go.

It's a question that won't go away - unless of course he turns up a 2,000 yard and 15 or more touchdown season this year and the Vikes make the playoffs. So, in spite of his comments today and what fans like to argue about going forward, it still comes down to production and value. This year is an important one for the Vikes - new coach, new stadium on the build, two rookies with great potential, etc. But it may be even a more important one for AP and what he brings to the team. At some point, Spielman will have another big decision on his plate - sooner than later.

Stay tuned . . .