Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Vikings would have been better off trading Peterson, Allen

The rumors swirled for days but trade deadline came and went without the Vikings trading defensive end Jared Allen. Too bad.  Although it's unlikely anyone would have given up a first round pick for a two month player rental, it would have been great if Minnesota had landed a first rounder for Allen. 

The Vikings have many holes, since general manager Rick Spielman and his scouting crew have swung and missed on too many draft picks and free agents in the past few years, so any additional help through the draft would have been useful for next year.

What would have been even better if the Vikings had been able to pull off a Herschel Walker type of trade. If I was Minnesota's GM and another team had offered their first, second, and third round picks for 2014, 2015, and 2016, I would have taken it.  It would be better for the Vikings to add more good players to their roster, instead of relying on one extraordinary player to do everything for them.  Adrian Peterson may be the greatest running back in NFL history, but the Vikings are still mired at the bottom of the league with a 1-7 record.

The Cowboys were able to draft outstanding players because of the Vikings generosity twenty four years ago, and won two Super Bowls as a result. Too bad no one out there in NFL land is as stupid today as former Vikings GM Mike Lynn was back in 1989.

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