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The final and most important player the Vikings will continue to build around should come as no surprise.
While it seems to have become fashionable to contemplate what Minnesota could receive in a trade for Adrian Peterson, the team has repeatedly shot down those rumors.
Spielman recently told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, that "Adrian is not going anywhere."
He continued, "We have him under contract. He's the face of our franchise. He is a blue-chip player. And we have a new coaching staff in place, and (the Vikings are) very excited about what's coming ahead for us."
Fans still remember the 2012 season where Peterson came oh-so-close to breaking the single-season rushing record, finishing with 2,097 yards that was nine shy of breaking Eric Dickerson's mark.
Last season was far from a follow-up act to that performance, as the star running back seemed to be pressing at times and eventually was sidelined due to injury. Peterson finished the season with 1,266 rushing yards for 10 touchdowns and an average of 4.5 yards per carry.
There are a lot of unknowns heading into the 2014 season and beyond. Who will be the Vikings starting quarterback? How will Turner approach the offensive play-calling? Can the defense turn around a pathetic showing from last season?
All of those questions are relevant and important in determining whether this club can be successful. But Peterson remains the mainstay for the Vikings as a franchise.
Now just go find a quarterback to pull it all together.
Matthew Stensrud is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter and Google+.