Florio points out that the Vikings decision to place Peterson on the Commissioners Exempt List will basically keep him away from the team until his legal case has been resolved.
However, it’s unlikely that a resolution regarding the child abuse charges Peterson is facing in Texas would come at any point in the near future.
Florio expects the Vikings to move on from Peterson after the season given that he stands to make $12.75 million for the 2015 season.
According to Florio, “the Vikings will have no choice but to move on from a man who has quickly become equal parts distraction and pariah.”
Peterson’s contract would be very difficult to trade in its current structure. There has been speculation for several months now that teams in the state of Texas like the Cowboys and Texans could be options for Peterson if he were to be able, but Florio mentions that his legal issues are being resolved in the state and could impact his willingness to play for a team in his home state.
Peterson, 29, is entering the fifth year of his seven-year, $96 million contract that includes $36 million guaranteed. He has base salaries of $12.75 million (2015), $14.75 million (2016) and $15.75 million (2017) coming his way over the remainder of the deal.