Adrian Peterson & 5 Minnesota Vikings with the Most to Gain During the Lockout

Ray TannockSenior Analyst IJune 8, 2011

Adrian Peterson & 5 Minnesota Vikings with the Most to Gain During the Lockout

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 05:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings rushes for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at the Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on December 5, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Nick L
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    The lockout has a bevy of negative aspects that none of us enjoy. It limits the free agent market, messes with camp and workouts, and prevents fans from getting what they really want: News.

    But amidst the whole debacle is a tiny little advantageous avenue for some players such as Adrian Peterson.

    Today, let’s take a quick peek into who stands to gain the most from this current situation.

Bernard Berrian

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    MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 26:  Bernard Berrian #87 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on prior to the start of the game against the Detroit Lions at Mall of America Field on September 26, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    Berrian is unlikely to return this year, and the lockout could afford some teams some added time to evaluate whether or not he is a fitting player for their scheme.

    To be honest, Berrian would have to do much more than he did in Minnesota—or suddenly become a great salesman—to land that big FA deal.

    Berrian, in my opinion, could get lucky to land something more valuable to him than to the interested team but then again, he could wind up doing a full 180 with some new digs.

Sidney Rice

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 28:  Sidney Rice #18 of the Minnesota Vikings in action against Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 28, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Rice’s future sort of hangs in the balance, but it is a tricky situation indeed.

    On the one hand, Rice could hold himself out and wait for the Vikings to offer a big contract, simply because the FA market is all out of whack right now.

    But on the other hand, he could simply choose to walk and try his hand on the market when applicable for something potentially more lucrative.

    My guess is, his injury history will prevent him from getting what he really wants, and he’ll be in Minnesota for at least another year.

Adrian Peterson:

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 28:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 26, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    The labor talks are entering a crucial 30-day window right now, and that means all talks are becoming more and more serious.

    On the back edge of that is the Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings.

     Both parties want to come to a resolution, and it will eventually happen, but the longer things go, the more beneficial it could be for Peterson who is, in fact, a free agent.

Percy Harvin

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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 14: Percey Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a touchdown catch against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 14, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 27-13. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Imag
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    Despite no money being involved here, Harvin has a lot in front of him in regard to what he could benefit from with these labor talks.

    Harvin has already been slated to see more focus on him in the regular season, but in the off-chance that both Berrian and Rice depart and the Vikings do not find a single replacement, he suddenly becomes the top dog in Minny.

    Top dog means more action, and more accomplished action eventually means bigger long-term dividends.

Ben Leber

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 05: Ben Leber #51 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after a fourth quarter fumble recovery against the Buffalo Bills at the Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on December 5, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesot
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    There are plenty of teams that are in need of a “utility” linebacker who is capable of being plugged into various roles at a discount price.

    Leber is not exactly the greatest linebacker in the world, but he is certainly serviceable, and in search of a starting gig.

    Again, with the whole labor talks fiasco, there could be a plethora of teams inquiring about his services, allowing him to finally find that gig he’s been searching for.