Zulgad: Peterson to Packers would be all about payback

Zulgad: Peterson to Packers would be all about payback

1500ESPN’s Judd Zulgad doesn’t think free agent running back Adrian Peterson would be a good fit in Green Bay Packers offense for a number of reasons.

But if the Packers do end up going after the aging RB, it will only be to stick it in the Vikings’ face:

“It very well could come down to Packers general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy wanting to make executives at Winter Park as nervous as possible, while getting a bit of revenge for what happened in 2008. It was August of that year that the Vikings were cleared by the NFL of tampering with Brett Favre.

That came after Favre had announced his retirement from the Packers following the previous season but then decided he wanted to return to Green Bay. The Packers told Favre they had moved on and that Rodgers would be their quarterback, leading Favre to attempt to force his way to Minnesota in what became a messy divorce that has since been patched up.

The Vikings would have loved to have gotten Favre for the 2008 season and his relationship with then-Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who had been Favre’s position coach in Green Bay, made Minnesota a logical fit. Favre also knew then-Vikings coach Brad Childress and the Vikings ran a version of the West Coast offense that was very similar to what Favre had directed in Green Bay.” read the rest >