The Arizona Cardinals are reportedly not interested in trading for Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson as long as he is under contract with the team at his current salary.
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According to unnamed sources from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King on Monday, the Arizona Cardinals are not inclined to acquire Peterson by trade and would rather wait until the Minnesota Vikings release the former NFL MVP to make any contract negotiations with him.
“We haven’t had contact with the Vikings about it, to the best of my knowledge,” according to King’s source. “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.”
Peterson has three years and $45 million remaining on his contract – a hefty sum for an aging RB who only played one game in 2014 before being suspended following his arrest in Texas for child abuse.
The Vikings star RB was indicted on child abuse charges in Texas back in September for allegedly hitting his 4-year-old son with a switch until he reportedly bled from his backside. The team placed Peterson on the Commissioner’s Exempt list, which paid him his full salary for the 2014 season without having to keep him on the 53-man roster.
After several months of legal proceedings, Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault for the incident which took place during a May visit to his house outside of Houston and was sentenced to two years’ probation.
Peterson was suspended by the NFL for the rest of the 2014 season after the plea was reached and has recently been meeting with members of the Vikings front office about a possible return to the team.
A two-time NFL rushing leader, Peterson recorded the 2nd most rushing yards in a single-season in NFL history back in 2012 with 2,097 rushing yards.