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DALLAS, Texas (105.3 THE FAN) – You will recall when Shan Shariff caught a lot of grief (and the national attention of a headline-skimming Keith Olbermann) by suggesting that the folks in the great state of Texas would look more kindly at the parental behavior of Adrian Peterson than the good folks of the great state of Minnesota might.
How sound was Shan’s argument? Sound enough that AD himself essentially agrees with it.
Peterson, still sitting out a suspension from the NFL while listening to Vikings officials say nothing but positive things about his 2015 return to the team, is putting Minnesota on blast for failing to support him during trying times.
“I know there are a lot of people in the organization who want me back,” Peterson told ESPN. “But then again, I know the ones who don’t. It’s a difficult transition, and it’s not just about me. I have a wife who was able to sit back and see how people in Minnesota said this and said that, how media in Minnesota took the head of the situation with my child, and were digging into things that weren’t even relevant.”
“That wasn’t people in Texas,” Peterson continued. “It was people in Minnesota that dug in and brought things out. That impacted me, but most importantly, it impacted the people around me — my family, my kids. This came from the state I love so much, that I wish to bring a championship to? This is how they treat me when I’m down and out? You kick me?
“My wife (and I), we’ve had several conversations about me returning to Minnesota, what the best options are. If I left it up to her, I’d be somewhere else today, and that’s with her weighing everything. It’s a lot for me to weigh; she understands that. But there are some things that I’m still uneasy about.”
Peterson is the NFL’s best running back, even at age 30. There can be arguments about morality and parenting and privacy. There can be arguments about how much tread is left on his tires vs. about how having essentially missed 2014 means he’s fresh. There can be arguments about whether Dallas’ policy on not paying running backs “market value” (as it relates to DeMarco Murray) should be violated for a player of Peterson’s caliber.
But there is no argument about the window being open here.
Shan had the idea and I’ve got the numbers:
Peterson’s current 2015 cap hit stands at $15.4 million. $12.75 million is base, $.25 million is workout bonus and $2.4 million is prorated bonus. The base and workout bonus would disappear if released, leaving just the $2.4 million in dead money. That would give the Vikings the net result of $13 million in savings if Peterson insists upon not re-doing a deal and expresses continued dislike of his surrounding and they released him.
That’s not the Vikings’ only option, of course. And Dallas won’t be the only suitor if they exercise that option.
But what we around here saw as a viable reasoning for Texas native Peterson to join the Cowboys now reasoning that AD is himself expressing
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