It's true that in many cases a disgruntled NFL player can force a trade. Teams don't want the hassle of dealing with an unhappy player or one that will not show up. With that said this isn't one of those cases.
Vikings Have Maintained Their Position
For months, the Vikings have maintained that they won't release Adrian Peterson. They have stated that they want Adrian Peterson to play for the team in 2015.
The Vikings are smart. They had the time to think through their game plan and they are dealing with a player who is delusional.
While I might argue that Peterson brought all this on himself, the fact that the guy hasn't taken responsibility for his actions and realized that he is a player under contract, he has done himself a big disservice .
By being consistent and not panicking, teams that may be interested in Peterson, haven't found much wiggle room in dealing with the team .
Until recently the Vikings haven't revealed what it would take to trade AP.
Vikings Reveal What Their Selling Price is for Adrian Peterson
Within the last few days the Vikings finally revealed the compensation they want from potential AP trade suitors. As Yardbarker.com reveals, the Vikings would want at least a first and second round draft pick but prefer a first round pick and a Cornerback (a position the Vikings need to fill).
That's the type of compensation that I believe the team should get. The team shouldn't settle for less. I don't think they have to. If teams want AP, they will fairly compensate the Vikings.
There is only one sticking point and it is a major one AP would also have to agree to take a major pay cut if a team were to cave in to the Vikings demands. I believe that AP would have to take a pay cut of at least two million dollars.
Is he willing to do that? If he's serious about not wanting to play in Minnesota I think he would. Let's see how serious he is.
Fans Have Lost Patience with AP
Minnesota Vikings fans remained loyal and mostly in support of child beating Adrian Peterson. They were willing to forgive AP and move on from the saga.
Then Peterson played the Victim card and blamed the team for throwing him under the bus. Even after his initial bogus comments, fans remained patient but AP and his agent couldn't keep their yaps shut. They continued and continued berating the Vikings and the Twins City community.
Finally fans have had enough and have lost patience with their once beloved king of a player. I say finally because the fan base remained way too patient with the child beater. I thought the team should have played hard ball with this creep the moment he was critical of the team's handling of his situation, one that he created.
Like the fans, the team remained loyal to him and supported him. Fans are sick and tired of AP frivolously criticizing the team. They see what AP is and that's a no good cry baby.
With the fan base becoming increasingly upset with AP, the team's resolve has been strengthened. The fan base seems content with the team not releasing AP or trading him for little compensation. This is one added example how AP's leverage remains next to nothing.
Adrian Peterson Can't Afford to Sit Out another Season
Likely the biggest thing that the Vikings can hold over AP is that AP has already sat out a season and can't afford to sit out another. AP is already 30 and has just sat out season. AP would be sticking a dagger in his career if he were to actually sit out.
For those people saying that AP would be a disruption in the locker room and would be a distraction to the team, I disagree. AP has a chip on his shoulder (right or wrong). He wants to prove to the NFL world that he was slighted and can still perform at the highest level.
If he were too sit out, that would be two consecutive years he hasn't played and he will be 32 entering the 2016 season. If he is a distraction or performs poorly, teams would be reluctant to trade for him and if they did, Peterson's salary would be sure to be greatly reduced.
It seems to me that AP has very little leverage. Even if AP is upset if he has to play in Minnesota next season I'm convinced he will continue to have a good work ethic and give it all he has. He has pride in his craft. It's in his DNA to give a 100% effort on the field every Sunday and in practice.
Adrian Peterson Under Contract With Vikings for Two More Seasons
Finally I want to make one final point why the Vikings have the upper hand and hold most of the leverage when dealing with AP. AP is still under contract until 2017. That's right, the Vikings have the rights to Peterson for two more seasons and if they want to be as petty as AP, they can decide to play hardball with him.
Adrian Peterson should rethink his options. If he continues to act like a poor sport and cry baby, the Vikings will also dig their heels in the sand. AP has far more to lose than the Vikings. Sure they want to get the most bang out of a trade but they are not willing to settle for poor compensation.