The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday that they will not exercise RB Adrian Peterson’s 2017 option, which means he will become an unrestricted free agent next week.
Peterson released the following statement, via Josina Anderson, regarding the team’s decision to not pick up his option:
“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.”
Here’s a collection of notes about where Peterson could end up and what could be next for him now that he’s in line to test the open market.
- Chris Tomasson of Pioneer Press spoke to Peterson’s dad, Nelson Peterson about what to expect moving forward. Peterson’s father mentioned that he isn’t surprised by the move and believes the door is still open to a return if the Vikings address their offensive line.
- Peterson’s dad said it’s “fair to throw [the Packers and Raiders] in the mix” along with the Cowboys, Texans and Giants as landing spots for his son. (Chris Tomasson)
Regarding the Packers, Peterson’s dad said: “It’s a dream team if he has an opportunity to be in the backfield with Aaron Rodgers Somebody he’d have to look at.” (Chris Tomasson)
- Peterson’s father did, however, say that “at the end of the day, we want to stay with the Vikings.” (Chris Tomasson)
- Jeff Darlington still anticipates the Vikings making Peterson a strong offer that could be over $6 million per year and include incentives.
- Charles Robison mentions that a starting role and salary will be a priority for Peterson, but he could be willing to adjust depending on a number of factors such as the team, situation and opportunity.
- Robinson doesn’t rule out Peterson signing a “heavily incentivized” deal, depending on these circumstances.
- As for potential landing spots, Robinson expects the Raiders, Giants, and Buccaneers to all have interest with a return to the Vikings still an option.
- Chris Tomasson spoke to a someone close to Peterson who mentioned that it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Raiders be a “very strong candidate” to sign him.
- A source tells Jeremy Fowler that playing alongside an established quarterback will be a “strong consideration” for Peterson.
- A source has told that Ian Rapoport that if Peterson were to be a free agent, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would look to pair him with Ezekiel Elliott.
Bovada has already released (per Tom Rock) bettings odds regarding where Peterson could end up:
- Buccaneers 3/1
- Vikings 5/1
- Giants 5/1
- Chiefs 5/1
- Panthers 7/1
- Patriots 8/1
- Packers 10/1
- Redskins 10/1
- Raiders 12/1
- Seahawks 14/1
- Eagles 20/1