Well, well, well. . .
After a couple of months of swearing up and down that it wasn't in his clients interests to play for the Minnesota Vikings any longer and even going so far as to post a picture of himself on FaceBook with an Adrian Peterson jersey and a Tampa Bay Buccaneers' hat, Ben Dogra appears to finally be waving the white flag.
The Vikings did not trade Adrian Peterson during the first round of last night's NFL Draft, presumably because no team was willing to meet Rick Spielman's price. (So much for Cris Carter's prediction.) In light of this, it looks like Dogra might finally understand that his client's
best only interest is, in fact, to settle for being the league's highest-paid running back as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.
Lest you think that Dogra has completely stopped being stupid about this. . .no, no he has not.
"One of the things that I appreciate with the Vikings is their resolve to say 'we're not trading him,'" Dogra told USA TODAY Sports. "That tells me they value him not only as a football player, but what he's done for the organization.
"I actually, as an agent, not only appreciate it — I accept it. But actions speak louder than words. If that's going to happen, and you want to keep him, then show him a commitment to make him retire as a Viking. And I haven't had that solution."
Ah, so you've spent the last couple of months crapping on the Minnesota Vikings and now want them to give you and your client a pile of guaranteed cash, eh Mr. Dogra? (Because, really, we all know that "a commitment" is Dogra-speak for "money," don't we?) Well, allow me to counter with this wacky suggestion.
How about you and your client show some commitment to the Minnesota Vikings. . .you know, the team that has made Adrian Peterson the most highly compensated running back in the history of the NFL (by a wide margin). . .and simply take the ridiculous amount of money that the Minnesota Vikings appear to be prepared to give you? Oh, and stop fighting with Vikings' executives. . .you should probably start trying to get along with these folks considering that they control the immediate future of your most high-profile client.
It probably wouldn't hurt you to throw in an apology, either. Or several.
Your client is under a contract that you negotiated and that you signed off on. The Minnesota Vikings have done nothing wrong in this situation. And, as your client is under contract for three more years, they don't have to do a damn thing going forward. If your client thinks he should receive more guaranteed money, that's not a Minnesota Vikings problem. . .that's a Ben Dogra problem.
The Minnesota Vikings have won this battle, but it appears that Ben Dogra believes he can dictate the terms of surrender. That's generally not how that works. Here's hoping that the Vikings continue to stand their ground on this matter.