Report: Stevan Ridley Drawing Free-Agent Interest From Vikings

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The Minnesota Vikings might have a contingency plan in place if they need to trade running back Adrian Peterson.

The Vikings have “inquired about” Ridley, a source told the Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson. The source noted talks were “very preliminary” and that the Vikings might not be interested if Peterson remains in Minnesota.

Ridley is four months removed from knee surgery. Ridley tore his ACL and MCL in the New England Patriots’ Week 6 win over the Buffalo Bills, finishing the 2014 season with 94 carries for 340 yards with two touchdowns.

Ridley’s best season came in 2012, when he ran for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns while averaging 4.4 yards per carry. Fumbling issues took away his starting role in 2013 before he regained it last season.

The Patriots have LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden, Jonas Gray and Tyler Gaffney ready to step into Ridley’s role, so it appears unlikely he will be back in New England.

Thumbnail photo via Jim Mone/Associated Press

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