After TheBayCave.com published a story over a month ago that the Buccaneers would be aggressive in their attempts in acquiring Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, several outlets have recently started tying Tampa Bay to him.
While many are merely making suggestions the Bucs “could” be suitors for the veteran’s services, there is more smoke after we broke the news of the team’s interest last month. The latest coming by way of his own agent Ben Dogra just Monday night where he trolled the Minnesota and Tampa Bay fan base with a picture of him self sitting with a Peterson jersey and a Buccaneers hat (shown below).
On Tuesday morning, Bucs general manager Jason Licht appeared as a guest on 620 WDAE’s The Sports Page with Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times who asked Licht about the photo and what it could mean. This was his response.
“I’m not going to comment on that,” Licht said as he chuckled.
One can question why he didn’t shoot it down immediately. Licht had the opportunity and did not. Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley was not like Licht and immediately shot down the idea of any interest in acquiring Peterson.
You can piece that together however you’d like. But the latest TBC has received is that the Buccaneers have been in contact with Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman. Where talks lead the two sides remains to be seen. But we do know that the Jaguars and the Dallas Cowboys have both shot down the idea of trading for Peterson.
The Buccaneers have not shot down the idea nor does our intel lead us to believe they will unless a trade isn’t happening.
Another thing to keep an eye on here is TBC was told that Minnesota’s demands are not as high as reports say they are. There has been anything reported from two second round picks to a first round pick.
Peterson, who skipped the team’s voluntary workouts this week, is scheduled to make around $13-million this year. It is believed he’s willing to agree to some kind of a restructure to pull off a trade. Tampa Bay has the cap room for him, but we’ll have to wait and see how the situation plays out.