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Updated: October 18th, 2013 2:39pm
Respected local sports columnist says trade Adrian Peterson. Thoughts?

Respected local sports columnist says trade Adrian Peterson. Thoughts?

by Derek Wetmore
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The Vikings are 1-4 and have at times looked hapless this season. And yet, they're still the Vikings, so there's always something to talk about. In the past 15 years, it seems, whether they've been great or awful or somewhere in between, there always has been something novel or interesting or scandalous going on around the team.

The latest in that line of 'something to talk about' surfaced Friday morning, Adrian Peterson trade" href="" target="_blank">when Pioneer Press columnist Tom Powers wrote that the team should look to trade superstar running back Adrian Peterson.

In his column, Powers makes some cogent points. Others are refutable.

He compares trading Peterson now to the Cowboys in 1989 trading Herschel Walker for a bevy of draft picks that ignited the Cowboys' dynasty in the 1990s. That's not really fair because running backs were valued so much more in those days than they are in today's pass-happy NFL.

Powers also cites a historical decline of elite running backs at age 30, which is fair, and something from which I don't believe Peterson is immune.

He accurately points out that it would be a public relations nightmare, from a public that appears to have grown restless over paying a large portion of a brand new stadium's price tag while the team struggles mightily on the field.

I'm not suggesting the columnist was right or wrong, but I think we can agree it's likely that trade scenarios are imagined. He isn't reporting they're real, but he's opened a polarizing conversation.

If you were the gernal manager for the Vikings, would you trade Peterson?

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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