By Daniel Sigl
It is no secret that the Packers would benefit from a reliable running game, and it is difficult to say whether or not their current running backs can carry the load. In order to guarantee that the Packers have a consistent ground attack, as is almost required in the frozen tundra during the playoffs, they may want to get an all star running back. Adrian Peterson may be that guy.
Trading for Peterson would have two advantages. First, the Packers would have a running game to take some of the load off of Aaron Rodgers. Second, the Packers would not have to play against him twice (or more) every year.
Peterson is an amazing back. In four seasons, he has totaled 5,782 yards on the ground. Do not forget that he has the record for single game rushing yards. All of those seasons were with the Vikings. Imagine what he could do on the Packers. How would a defense even plan for that? Teams already have enough trouble playing against the Packers without a run game.
Not facing Peterson twice every year would be a relief. Watching him put his shoulder down and level defenders time after time is irritating to say the least. The Packer defense would breathe a huge sigh of relief knowing that they wouldn’t have to tackle him with a game on the line.
Why would the Vikings even want to trade him? The Vikings are in a rebuilding phase; they cannot expect to be a high quality team for a few years. With the lack of a good passing game, defenses are able to stack the box and limit his success carrying the ball. Peterson may also have a lot of trade value. Of the four teams that made the conference championships after the 2010 season (Bears, Packers, Steelers, Jets), only the Jets ranked in the top 10 rushing teams during the regular season at fourth. The Jets use a two back system, as only 148 yards separated their two backs (LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene) for the whole season. The best running back between the four teams would probably be Rashard Mendenhall, who ran for almost 1300 yards last season. The Packers and Bears both finished worse than 20th in rushing yards. Adrian Peterson has the potential to create a dynasty out of a team already fit for a championship.
Adrian Peterson is a quality back that deserves a championship. He probably will not win one in Minnesota. The Vikings may trade him, or they may elect to keep him as long as possible. In either case, he will eventually be a free agent. What will he decide? There are many ways he could handle free agency, if it gets to that point, but for now just wait and see.