With the Minnesota Vikings struggling speculation began to swirl around trade deadline as to whether or not it would be in the Vikings best interest to trade away all of their valuable assets and begin a rebuild. If they would have done that their most valuable trade piece would have been last year’s MVP Adrian Peterson. A running back that was a victim of a rebuilding team was Herschel Walker, who was traded from the Cowboys to the Vikings in 1989, a deal that included 15 players/draft picks including one that would become Emmitt Smith. The deal became the foundation of the Cowboys Super Bowl teams in the early 90’s. He says that it would be an insult for the Vikings to trade Peterson.
“It would be an insult,” Walker, the running back who came to the Vikings from Dallas in a 1989 blockbuster deal at the trade deadline, said in a phone interview this week. “Adrian has done so much for the Vikings that, unless he asks for a trade, then that would be insulting. He’s played his heart out. He came back from that knee injury (suffered Dec. 24, 2011, before rushing for 2,097 yards last season). They can build the team back up.”
He’ll be pulling for Peterson, a native of Palestine, Texas, to have a big game in his home state.
“I feel for him because he’s so competitive and he’s such a great running back,” Walker said. “He’s still trying to perform when your record is not that good. … Right now, I think with their (unsettled) quarterback situation, defenses are stacking people at the line, and as incredible as Adrian Peterson is, he can’t just run over everybody on the other team.”-TwinCities.com
Conventional wisdom would suggest that the Vikings should build around one of the most talented players in the league. Peterson (28) however is less than 2 years away from the dreaded RB age of 30 but still has the value to demand several high draft picks that very highly coveted in the NFL. As crazy as it sounds I’m sure it is an option that the Vikings will at least consider in the offseason.