Adrian Peterson shakes hands with the Colts, making the deal official
In the second blockbuster deal in as many days, the Colts have announced the acquisition of the Minnesota Vikings via Adrian Peterson. In return, Peterson is to receive 44 draft picks spaced out over the next 31 years, including a 2014 2nd rounder, a 2015 1st rounder, and a 2027 conditional 6th.
The trade, both unexpected and unusual, should put Peterson in a position to succeed this season while giving the Colts the freedom to do absolutely anything they want with the remaining pieces of the Vikings franchise.
"I think it's a win-win," said Peterson, who has reportedly been shopping the Vikings ever since his MVP season. "There are no hard feelings or anything like that. They know it's just business. I wish them the best."
Colts' outspoken owner Jim Irsay was much less reserved about the blockbuster deal, lighting up Twitter with 20 straight celebratory tweets, including photos of him holding a pillowcase full of $2 bills , taunts directed at the state Minnesota's legislative body, and a Vine video of what appears to be Irsay shooting flaming arrows at a condor, an endangered species.
Irsay set the stage earlier in the day by tweeting the cryptic message "Big deal coming, going to blow your ball$ off, may or may not have acquired entire franchise."
As for Peterson, his side of the deal does not come to fruition until next year's draft, which leaves him free to run wild across the United States, making him this league's most dangerous and unpredictable wild card.
"Nobody knows where he's going to end up this Sunday," admitted NFL insider Adam Schefter. "Last I heard he was seen headed South, meaning teams such as Dallas, Arizona, and New Orleans should be throwing together a game plan to stop AP as quick as possible."
Update: one Eagles beat writer is reporting that Adrian Peterson just ran for 411 yards against the Philadelphia defense during their walkthrough.