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Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley denied recent reports that the team was considering a trade with the Minnesota Vikings for controversial RB Adrian Peterson.
According to the Florida Times-Union, Bradley said that the team has not discussed the matter internally and they are not seriously considering a trade with the Vikings for the former NFL MVP running back – despite it being a position of need.
“No, not really,” Bradley said. “Not between (myself and GM) Dave (Caldwell). A while ago, but it was just conversation, not any direction that we would go.”
The Jaguars have been one of the NFL’s worst offenses for two straight seasons, finishing dead last in points scored and 31st in yards in each of the last two years under Bradley. The team has not had a 1,000 yard rusher since Maurice Jones-Drew led the league in rushing back in 2011. The team cut Jones-Drew at the end of the 2013 season and failed to find a single back capable of getting at least 600 yards in 2014.
Adrian Peterson was the NFL MVP in 2012 with 2,097 rushing yards – 2nd most in a season in NFL history – and recorded at least 10 rushing TDs in each of his first seven NFL seasons. But Peterson’s 2014 campaign was cut short after Week 1 when he was arrested and charged with child abuse against his 4-year-old son.
After a lengthy legal process, Peterson was given probation but suspended by the NFL for the rest of the season. He has since been reinstated and is seeking a departure from the Minnesota Vikings.