With all the recent talk about the Jacksonville Jaguars possibly taking a running back in the second round of the draft and where Denard Robinson fits into the team’s running back rotation, it’s easy to forget that Adrian Peterson is still an option for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Chris Tomasson over at TwinCities.com mentioned the Jaguars as a team in the mix for the the star running back:
"A source close to the situation believes that if disgruntled running back Adrian Peterson isn’t traded before or during next week’s NFL draft, the Vikings won’t deal him to another team before the 2015 season.“If he’s not traded next week, they’re going to keep him,” the source said…The source said Minnesota could be able to entice a team once Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley, the two top backs in the draft, are off the board…The source named six teams in the mix for Peterson: Arizona, Atlanta, Dallas, Jacksonville, San Diego and Tampa Bay. The source did not include Oakland, mentioned in media reports as a possible candidate, in the group."
The logic is sound – waiting until teams are desperate for an upgrade running back and the top guys are off the board – but I don’t know if a team like the Jaguars is willing to part with a high second round pick for an aging running back. Luke Sims has already talked about why the Jaguars shouldn’t make a big push for Peterson, and I agree with him. The Jaguars clearly expressed their desire to add a three-down back when they went after DeMarco Murray in free agency, but they showed restraint in not offering him an exorbitant contract. The team should use a similar rationale here with Peterson and instead focus on trying to address the position early in the draft. If they can’t land one of the top guys, take a flyer on someone in the later rounds and roll into the season with Denard Robinson and Toby Gerhart.
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