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Adrian Peterson’s contract a ‘non-starter’ for Cardinals in potential trade

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With a lot of the big-time free agency pieces falling into place during a frenetic week of near-historic insanity, the future of one prominent player who purportedly may switch teams still remains unclear: What will become of Adrian Peterson?

The likelihood of the running back remaining with the Minnesota Vikings reportedly is sketchy at best, leading many to believe Peterson will be suiting up with a new team next season. One team that apparently is interested in availing themselves of Peterson’s services, the Arizona Cardinals, reportedly view the running back’s enormous contract as a potential stumbling block to reaching any deal with the Vikings.

Peter King on Monday reported in his “MMQB” column that he learned from a source that the terms of Peterson’s remaining contract — 3 years, $45 million owed — are an “absolute non-starter” for the organization.

“We haven’t had contact with the Vikings about it, to the best of my knowledge,” the source told King on Sunday night. “And there is no way we could live with those numbers. We just got Larry Fitzgerald’s contract under control. No way we’d add that salary.”

King notes that the Cardinals also may be reluctant to make a trade for Peterson because the team has two picks in the first 55 selections in the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft that is considered deep with running backs.

After the frantic events of last week that included the movement of two prominent running backs after the Philadelphia Eagles traded LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills and then acquired DeMarco Murray, Peterson’s uncertain future arguably is the most intriguing story remaining in the NFL offseason.

Peterson previously has expressed uneasiness with returning to the Vikings after he felt that the organization did not do enough to support him in the wake of his child abuse case in Texas. Minnesota however has expressed an unwavering and united organizational front regarding the team’s desire to keep Peterson on the team. The running back also met with team owners last week and it’s believed he will meet with ownership/management again in the near future.

The Vikings have yet to officially put Peterson on the trading block, but the Cardinals reportedly would offer a high draft pick in exchange for the veteran running back who turns 30 later this month. It would seem that no matter which team Peterson ends up with for the 2015 season, it is unlikely he will play under the terms of his current contract.

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