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Could Johnny Manziel land in Minnesota with Adrian Peterson?

We all know that Minnesota is in the market for a new coach and likely a new QB. They have explosive pieces on offense outside of Adrian Peterson, but they need a game changer. Well today the former Heisman trophy winner elected to enter the NFL Draft through a statement released at the school.

In a statement released through Texas A&M, Johnny Manziel said it wasn’t an easy decision to make.

“After long discussions with my family, friends, teammates, and coaches, I have decided to make myself available for the 2014 NFL draft,” Manziel said. “The decision was not an easy one, but we all felt this was the right time to make the next step toward a professional career. My experiences here and the support of this school, coach [Kevin] Sumlin, chancellor [John] Sharp, my teammates, my classmates and Aggie football fans everywhere will be something that I carry with me for the rest of my life. I’ll always be an Aggie.”

I feel that Manziel could be the missing piece of the puzzle for the Vikings. Even if Manziel struggles early, the Vikings could lean on Peterson and a QB who can execute the zone-read to throw less and get the ball in Peterson’s hands more. Wide receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson has turned into one of the most explosive players in the NFL, and Manziel would flourish with defenses focused on AP and Patterson. Plus, as the Vikings move outdoors for two seasons while their new stadium gets built, why not go with a guy whom people have compared to Fran Tarkenton?

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