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Pay All Day?

July 12, 2010
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Just when it seemed like the Vikings were going to have a quiet offseason, someone had to go and speculate on Adrian Peterson and his contract. Like a match hovering over a gasoline-soaked fire pit, this situation has the potential to be explosive. What I’m referring to is Michael Lombardi’s seemingly innocuous comment under the “What I Hear” section of his debut column on NFL.com.

The next player to complain about his contract will be Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who missed the mandatory minicamp due to a scheduling conflict.

Michael Lombardi, a former NFL-executive, held a match and threw it squarely into the center of the tinder.

Lombardi published his column yesterday, and the fire continues to burn today. Pro Football Talk furthered Lombardi’s conjecture:

…it’s no surprise that Peterson isn’t satisfied with his contract. And it shouldn’t be a surprise if he soon takes his dissatisfaction public.

Chuck Carroll of Football News Now piled on more wood:

The Minnesota Vikings should brace themselves for a contract dispute with running back Adrian Peterson.

And to add further credibility to the rumor, Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune stoked away:

The Vikings and Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, have not been willing to comment on the situation to date but if what Lombardi is hearing from NFL insiders is correct that silence could soon end.

Bryan McIntyre of CheeseheadTV provides more fuel for the fire, but in doing so points out the logic of both sides reaching an agreement on a new contract.

The Vikings will likely seek to avoid paying Peterson a $10.72 million dollar base salary in 2011, so a new contract for Purple Jesus is something the team will be just as interested in doing as the player. They’re just not likely to act before the labor situation is resolved, and Peterson–who has averaged 333 touches per season–gets through 2010 in one piece.

Is this all rumor or is Adrian Peterson angling for a new contract? As always, time will have to tell. For now, it gives us plenty to talk about during an otherwise uneventful offseason.

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