The Vikings announced that they will not exercise Adrian Peterson’s option for 2017, meaning that he will become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins on March 9th.
If Peterson is going to play for the Vikings next year, he will have to renegotiate a contract and take a big pay cut. He was going to receive an astonishing $18 million next year. This current asking price for the 31-year-old star was very steep, so it was not very surprising that the Vikings opted to do this.
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman commented on this by saying, “Adrian is an important part of the Minnesota Vikings organization. We will continue to have conversations with his representatives and leave our future options open while determining what is best for both parties moving forward.”
Peterson also commented on the issue by saying, “It’s been a great 10 years with the Minnesota Vikings. They know what I bring to the organization as a player, with my work ethic and dedication. I spoke with Rick Spielman this past weekend. The door is still open to find some common ground. I understand addressing the offensive line is one of their main priorities this offseason. In the meantime, I will explore my other options and see what path God leads me on. My main goal remains the same: to win a Super Bowl championship with a great team, which I also believe we have in Minnesota.”
Peterson is a former NFL MVP winner and the all-time leading rusher for the Vikings. He only played in 3 games last season due to a knee injury, but he was able to win the NFL rushing title during the previous year (1,485 yards). He is 31 years old, which is pretty old for a running back, but he has not slowed down. He recovered from his first major knee injury by winning MVP during the very next season so I would expect him to make an amazing recovery next season, even considering his age. There are some serious problems with the Vikings offensive line and this makes Peterson’s job much more difficult. It is unlikely that Peterson will stay in Minnesota if major changes are not made to the offensive line.
It could be the end of Peterson’s tremendous legacy in Minnesota. It will be interesting to see where he lands.