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Report: Cards see Adrian Peterson's contract as issue

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The Arizona Cardinals have been name-dropped as a logical landing spot if the Minnesota Vikings choose to move on from Adrian Peterson.

While a move to the desert hasn't been ruled out, the money involved makes swapping the All-Pro running back a "major problem," according to The MMQB's Peter King.

King spoke with a Cardinals source on Sunday night who painted the three years and $45 million remaining on Peterson's deal as an "absolute non-starter" with Arizona's front office.

"We haven't had contact with the Vikings about it, to the best of my knowledge," the source said. "And there is no way we could live with those numbers. We just got (receiver) Larry Fitzgerald's contract under control. No way we'd add that salary."

King noted that trading for the soon-to-be-30 Peterson isn't a must for the Cardinals considering this year's tantalizing cast of draft-eligible running backs. Arizona picks at No. 24 and No. 55 overall and should have no problem finding help at those spots.

We haven't ruled out a Peterson trade just yet -- even to Arizona -- but teams are making it clear they aren't happy with the cash involved. Swapping Peterson for another high-priced veteran would help, but these type of deals are historically rare in the NFL.

Last week's trade frenzy aside, moving Peterson is easier said than done.

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