Essentially, if the Vikings wanted Patterson to remain on the team (he’s a free agent this spring), they would need to ensure that he would see playing time as a wide receiver despite years of evidence to the contrary.
Everyone knows Peterson is coming off a knee injury that forced him to miss all but three games last season so he does not have the bargaining power. Everyone knows Peterson is about to turn 32, which is up there for a player at his position. Time will tell what happens, but for now we’ll be subjected to the same, bland game of ping pong both sides have been playing for weeks.
“I mean, the thought (why aren’t we running the ball?) crosses your mind, but as a player you do what the coach tells you to do,” Sanu said. “He’s called plays like that throughout the season all the time. He’s been aggressive, we’re an aggressive team, so we go out there and we do what we do.”
Kudos to Sanu for answering the questions with a level head. Translated across any other profession, we would not expect a CEO to candidly talk about a failed merger every time he appears in public, nor would we expect the chef whose restaurant was destroyed by a zero-star review to be congenial about it. This has the potential to be a life-altering moment in time for every player on that Falcons team, but at the moment, they seem to be handling it far better than expected.
“It’s gotten better,” Sanu said of the lingering what ifs. “But there are times I wake up like…”
McCown, 37, will be a valuable commodity this offseason. While his career might be at the point where he’s an emergency starter or sage veteran backup, those positions are not taken lightly by teams breaking in rookies or looking to make a Super Bowl push.
The “four or five” teams should not be difficult to figure out, and more could come out of the woodwork as the spring progresses.