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How many current NFL quarterbacks would you trade Adrian Peterson for?


Adrian Peterson is the best running back in the NFL, and it’s possible he could wind up being the greatest running back in NFL history when his career is over.

The Vikings have been one of the best rushing teams in the NFL every year since Peterson was drafted, as was the expectation when drafting… well, Adrian Peterson.

But since Peterson came into the league in 2007, the Vikings have been legitimate Super Bowl contenders just one time in six seasons – 2009, when they narrowly lost to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game. Brett Favre was, obviously, the Vikings quarterback that season, and his 107.2 passer rating was by far the best of his Hall of Fame-caliber career.

Favre undeniably benefitted from having Peterson in the backfield. Of course, so did Gus Frerotte, Tarvaris Jackson and Christian Ponder.

If we take a closer look at the Peterson era, the Vikings have been one of the best rushing teams in the NFL every year since 2007.

Their best overall team success came in 2009.

Vikings team QB rating during Peterson’s career:

2012 – 81.2 (22nd in NFL)
2011 – 74.6 (22nd)
2010 – 67.7 (30th)
2009 – 107.2 (1st)
2008 – 81.5 (18th)
2007 – 74.2 (21st)

Vikings team rush yards per game during Peterson’s career:

2012 – 164.6 (2nd)
2011 – 144.9 (4th)
2010 – 121.4 (10th)
2009 – 119.9 (13th)
2008 – 145.8 (5th)
2007 – 164.6 (1st)

This is not an indictment on Peterson. He does his job better than any other running back. And defense clearly plays a role in team success as well.

But the Vikings’ best season during Peterson’s career, by far, was 2009 – when they had the best quarterback in the NFL.

Over the past 10 seasons, the Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks have been Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning and Joe Flacco. The list of Super Bowl-winning running backs over that stretch has included B-listers such as Joseph Addai, Antowain Smith, Pierre Thomas, James Starks, Ahmad Bradshaw and a banged-up Willie Parker.

So, with all of that said, I’ll pose a bold question:

Assuming a two-year window for success (2013 and 2014, which spans the length of Leslie Frazier’s contract), emotions and cap space aside, how many current NFL quarterbacks would you trade Adrian Peterson for right now?



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