Larry Fitzgerald still talking about Cardinals acquiring Adrian Peterson
It wasn’t the first time Larry Fitzgerald expressed interest regarding the possibility of the Arizona Cardinals acquiring Adrian Peterson, as he said in March that if his team could somehow land the disgruntled Minnesota Vikings running back, it would be a “game-changer.”
But this time around, the wide receiver was a lot more cautious with his words when effusively praising Peterson while also noting the tremendous boost he would not only be to the Cardinals, but to any team in the NFL.
“Adrian Peterson is arguably the best back in the NFL,” Fitzgerald told Around The NFL on Wednesday, via NFL.com. “You know, he’s been unbelievable. If he were to leave Minnesota, which I think is maybe a bit unlikely, he would be a huge, huge playmaker for whatever team he went to.”
As Fitzgerald notes, the likelihood of Peterson getting his presumed wish to start his career anew with another team seems to be fading fast. Yahoo Sports senior NFL reporter Charles Robinson opined recently that instead of the six teams that were presumed to be in the running for Peterson’s services should the Vikings decide to part ways with the back, only three realistic candidates remain: Fitzgerald’s Cardinals, the Buccaneers and the Jaguars, with the Falcons tangentially still in the mix.
The Vikings’ assumed exorbitant asking price, not to mention the 30-year-old’s enormous salary, seem to be scaring away interested teams.
Still, the veteran wideout knows what kind of impact a player of Peterson’s caliber could have on a team.
“You have to look at what he’s able to do, you know, in terms of controlling the line of scrimmage and breaking short gains and making long gains and finishing in the end zone. I mean, he’s the complete package,” he said. “What he’s worth, I’m not a GM, I have no idea on compensation or players. What I do know, he’s a dynamic talent and he will be an asset to anybody.”
Fitzgerald’s observations are precisely why the Vikings aren’t willing to part with Peterson unless the team receives a mind-bogglingly outrageous offer.
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