TRADE dept. : are the jets talking to the vikings re a trade ? ? ?
If youíve been on Facebook or Twitter in the last day or so, youíve seen the trade rumors involving Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and the New York Jets. The trade rumor started when the trade concept was mentioned on a New York radio station, WFAN 660 AM. While this most likely was just wishful thinking by the Jets faithful, it was enough for it to creep into social media.
Last week, the Jets had their starting running back Chris Ivory go down with a pulled hamstring. That hamstring has been nagging him all year. Most recently, the last hamstring pull that Ivory had kept him out for several weeks, and rumor is that the team is not confident to go forward with Bilal Powell as an every down back for the team.
This is where the Vikings come in. The word on the street is that the Jets are looking to trade with the Vikings. Most assume it is for superstar Adrian Peterson. We already saw one running back who was a former first round pick be traded this year, so it isnít impossible. But a trade like that from the Vikings would set the team back even more than the current 0-3 hole that the team is in.
Instead, the Vikings should try to dangle Toby Gerhart to the Jets. He is a much more likely target for the Jets, since the Vikings will most likely not be able to retain him and would lose him in free agency anyway. He also fits what the Jets like to do as a team and could be had for a much smaller price.If the Vikings do end up trading last yearís MVP to the Jets, expect to see a large majority of the Vikings fan base going into hibernation. Losing the teamís best player at this point of the season at 0-3 would be enough to make even the most sane Vikings fan insane.
Keep in mind that this is a just a rumor. It would be extremely shocking to see a trade like this go down and a radio station in New York isnít exactly a reputable source for trade information. Vikings fans should rest assured that Peterson wonít be going anywhere for a long, long time.