Adrian Peterson to Giants?
NFL trade deadline: five explosive, albeit unlikely, hypothetical deals
As the NFL's trading deadline -- Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. ET -- approaches, we explore five explosive, albeit unlikely, possible deals.
Proposed trade No. 1:
This is strictly about next year for the Giants -- and the future for the Vikings.
Monday night's game clearly showed 2013 is already in the rearview mirror for these teams.
Newly signed running back Peyton Hillis can take a team only so far. Ahmad Bradshaw is gone. So is Brandon Jacobs; wait, he's back, but he certainly is not the long-term solution. Ditto for 2012 first-round draft choice Wilson, who has had difficulty holding onto the ball and a standing reservation in coach Tom Coughlin's doghouse. A new venue might be just the thing for him, along with Tuck, who's in the final year of his contract.
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The NFL's trading deadline is Tuesday,
Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. ET, so we explore five explosive, albeit unlikely, possible deals.
Looking ahead to the 2014 season, the Giants go for the gusto, pairing Eli Manning and Peterson in their primes for a run at the Super Bowl -- and three rings for the youngest Manning brother.
Since this season is already lost for the Giants, there's no need to tax Peterson with a heavy workload. Think about aiming at next year and the wonderful draft possibilities for a horrific team. Even if the Jaguars secure the No. 1 overall pick, they're likely to take a quarterback -- very possibly Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater. It isn't unreasonable to think that South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney could be wearing a Giants jersey next season for a team that won two Super Bowls with ferocious defensive line play. That would be a step toward renewing the team's critical core, the defensive and offensive lines.
Peterson, who has gained more than 9,000 yards in six-plus seasons, seems to be indestructible after returning from ACL surgery and posting 2,097 yards a year ago. He may not break Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing record of 18,355 yards as he hopes, but he's still only 28 and capable of three or four more dominant seasons.
The Vikings, with four defensive line players -- Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, Everson Griffen and Fred Evans -- due to hit free agency after the season, could use some help on defense. The team could kick the tires on Tuck to see if he's worth re-signing, and those two extra picks could be used on a linebacker and a reliable corner.
Without Peterson, the Vikings offense would be a mess this year (hello, Josh Freeman), which would mean a high first-round pick and a shot at a quarterback such as Marcus Mariota of Oregon or Clemson's Tajh Boyd. There are already some credible targets on the roster: Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson, Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph.
The sticking point would be the seven-year contract extension potentially worth $100 million that Peterson signed two years ago. Perhaps the opportunity to win a championship with a proven franchise would motivate Peterson to redo his deal.