Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson remains less than thrilled to participate in his team’s OTA workouts this week and speculation has resurfaced of the veteran’s desire of seeking a trade.
If there was any potential trade to have gone down in the Peterson saga — whether to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or any other interested team — it most likely would have occurred during the draft. That obviously did not happen so now it’s anyone’s guess if a trade will happen at all.
But according to Yahoo!’s Charles Robinson, Peterson still wants out of Minnesota.
A longtime Adrian Peterson confidant tells Yahoo Sports the #Vikings RB is sending a message by not reporting to OTA's: He wants a trade.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) May 25, 2015
TheBayCave.com learned some time ago of the Bucs’ interest in Peterson given all the questions they currently carry in their backfield. While the team has always been high on 2014 rookie Charles Sims, there are questions whether Sims can truly be the featured back with the Buccaneers.
Then there is the decision to not pick up Doug Martin‘s fifth-year option. This was a surprise for some, but breaking down several games last season it’s evident Martin is not the same player he was when drafted in 2012. With Mike James, Dominique Brown, and Bobby Rainey the other backs on the roster the Bucs head into 2015 with uncertainty in the backfield behind rookie quarterback Jameis Winston.
It’s unclear what could happen with Peterson, much less with a potential Bucs-Peterson marriage at this point. Tampa Bay was believed to be a strong contender for Peterson’s services as we were told back in March. But as time has gone on feelings from teams also move on.
That may or may not be the case for the Bucs here.