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Yes, it seems odd to give a "B" grade at the running back position to a team that has Adrian Peterson.
But remember, this grade is only to mark how badly the team will need to look to free agency for help. While the Vikings would like nothing more than to re-sign current backup Toby Gerhart, you have to think that Gerhart would like to sign with a team that would provide him with more opportunities.
It was certainly a strange move when the Vikings, a team with the league's best running back, used a second-round pick on Gerhart in the 2010 draft. It was way too high a choice to use on a luxury pick, and that's all Gerhart has been in his four years with the team, a luxury.
Gerhart has proven himself to be capable almost every time he's been given a chance, but the truth is those chances come few and far between when you're on the same team as Peterson.
Gerhart has rushed the ball 276 times in his four seasons for 1,305 yards. As a comparison, Peterson had 279 attempts in 2013 for 1,266 yards. Washington's Alfred Morris finished with exactly 276 carries this season for 1,275 yards, good for fourth in the NFL.
All that said, it would be surprising if Gerhart didn't want to leave simply for professional reasons. He has the right to find out what he can do in this league as a starter. Some team will probably give him that opportunity, or at least the chance to fight for a starting job, something he won't get in Minnesota.
If Gerhart leaves, the Vikings will need to come up with a solid backup option to Peterson. Jordan Todman might be an interesting free agent to look at for Minnesota. He was impressive in Minnesota's 2012 training camp before being put on the practice squad and was eventually signed away by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Todman served as Maurice Jones-Drew's backup this season and had a 109 yards rushing in his only start. Todman is a smaller, quicker back and could be a nice receiving option on third downs. Obviously, with Peterson in tow, the Vikings don't need to spend a lot on a backup running back.
The Vikings will probably be lukewarm in free agency with both Matt Asiata and Zach Line on-hand to play backup roles.