Adrian Peterson Trade Rumors: Minnesota Vikings RB Deal Option Off After Mike Zimmer Hired For Leslie Frazier?

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Jan 16, 2014 11:26 AM EST
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) rushes for 21 yards as Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte (47) tackles him in overtime at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Vikings win 23-20 in overtime. (Photo : Reuters) "

The Minnesota Vikings made a big move for their future with hiring of Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmers as their new head coach after firing Leslie Frazier and now the biggest questions for the team will be what happens with running back Adrian Peterson and who the team decides to use or bring in as their starting quarterback for 2014.

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Zimmer was hired this past week and according to ESPN.com, Norv Turner is expected to take over as offensive coordinator and this comes after he served in that same role with the Cleveland Browns, Turner was previously head coach of the San Diego Chargers before moving to the Browns, but after Rob Chudzinski was fired that ended and he now comes to run the offense for Zimmer and that is likely a wise move, as Zimmer is known as a defensive coach and now he will have a strong and established voice leading the way on that side of the ball.

Kyle Shanahan is another name that has come up and while the Browns had a rough season overall, Turner put up some good numbers through the offense, passing for over 4,000 yards and he also turned Josh Gordon into a top flight receiver after he finished with a career high in yards. The Vikings had issues putting up yards and points this season with the team ranking 23rd in passing yards and after three seasons of Christian Ponder it is likely the team will draft or bring in someone else next season.

Trade rumors followed Peterson because of how bad the team was last season and there is a chance that could happen again, as Peterson was a big supporter of Frazier and wanted him to return. While a coaching change doesn't necessarily mean that will happen, it's something to keep an eye on.

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