Adrian Peterson has caused the Bears enough problems over the span of his Hall of Fame career. Now he has an idea that could help the Bears, who should be hoping that Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman listens to his franchise running back.
Peterson took to his Twitter account (@AdrianPeterson) this week with a declaration regarding the Vikings quarterback situation:
@MikeVick would intently make the vikings a playoff team!— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) March 6, 2014
It could happen. The Philadelphia Eagles reached the playoffs in 2010 with Vick as their starter. They then went 8-8 and 4-12 the next two years with Vick starting intermittently between injuries. In both of those seasons the Eagles lost to the Bears with Vick starting.
They won the NFC East last season after Vick lost his starting job to Nick Foles. Vick teams are 2-5 vs. the Bears over his career. As a personnel evaluator, Peterson is a very, very good running back.
Spielman is not unalterably opposed to bringing in a player whose impact will show up off the field as long as it’s there on the field as well.
"When Brett Favre was here it became a real media attention grabber, but we ended up getting to the NFC Championship Game," Spielman said on ESPN radio. "A lot of it has to do with how the coaches feel about it. Do you want the distractions? Is your team mature enough to handle the distractions? It's always going to come down to: Can you handle it and is he going to help you win ballgames?"
But during last month’s NFL Scouting Combine, Spielman sounded more inclined to try again in the draft, where the Vikings hold the No. 8 pick overall.
“We’ll look at other opportunities potentially in the UFA market – anyone that could potentially get cut or on the trading block – and also focus heavily on this draft to get another young quarterback in our system as well,” Spielman said.