I know this isn't the highest of priorities, but just about every other subject has been talked up on more than one occasion/post. The RB situation sometimes reminds me of how you can put things off like going to the doctor. "Oh its just headaches, I can take it", "Its an old injury that keeps bugging me, no big deal.", "Its just a rash, it will go away.", etc. Then, everything keeps piling up and you can only hope the doctor can find out whats wrong and do something about it before its too late.
Chester Taylor is more valuable to the Vikings then they would ever get in a trade. He is an intagral part of how the offense runs. He is a great 3rd down back, but has the talent to carry the load if AP can't play. But in a trade what would the Vikings really get for him on the market? Very fews teams have a one back system anymore so it is doubtful that you could get anything better than a 3rd round draft pick in exchange and he is worth more to the team then that.
According to this USA TODAY chart, Taylor is a $3,750,360 cap liability (RBs with similar cap #s - Westbrook $3,783,813 and Micheal Turner $3,753,840). I don't know how bonuses affect the cap number so lets try to keep this easy by just sticking with the cap number. Current esitimates of the Vikings cap room are around $17mil (with the $3/yr projection for Sage). Taylors $3.7mil is already a part of the salary, so only the increase in pay of resigning him would count toward the est. $17mil. Since he is already making starting money to play a back up role, I don't think it would take much more to keep him around. If the Vikings gave him a pay increase to $4.5 mil (just a ahead of current highest paid NFC North RB, Ryan Grant) and only increase the cap # by less than $1mil ($749,640) which would leave plenty of money for free agents and resigning Peterson in the near future.
Peterson is currently $2,426,320 cap number and if the Vikings want to sign him before any possible uncapped season they would probably have to give him something close to LT money ($7,817,386. A $5,391,066 difference). I realize all these cap numbers are an over simplification, but the Vikings could potentially resign both backs (Peterson to an LT type deal and a pay increase for Taylor) this off season to new deals to lock them up for years to come without to harsh a cap hit. Using the numbers above it would total $6,140,706 against the cap leaving around $10mil for resigning other vets, FAs, and this years draft class.
Or, they can not deal with either situation and get nothing from Taylor if he leaves in FA next year and Peterson leaves when his contract comes up in an uncapped season and is bought up by another team.
So here is everyones favorite part: What do the Vikings do?