Minnesota has said that they would like to have him back next year, but Schefter mentions that he might not be entirely comfortable returning to the Vikings.
Citing league sources, Schefter reports that “at least a half-dozen teams” have done some amount of background work on Peterson in the event he becomes available.
Schefter expects there to be at least one team willing to make Peterson the centerpiece of their offensive attack next year, and specifically mentions the Cowboys as a potential option.
Should Peterson become a free agent, there would almost certainly be a number of teams interested in signing him. Previous reports have mentioned that the Cowboys and Texans could be potential landing spots for Peterson given that he’s from Texas.
Dallas faces a big decision regarding DeMarco Murray this offseason. However, if they got the feeling that Peterson would be available, it could alter their strategy.
Peterson, 29, still has another three years remaining on his seven-year, $96 million contract that included $36 million guaranteed. Although, the Vikings will have to decide if Peterson is worth the $11.75 million he stands to make next year.
Peterson appeared in just one game for the Vikings and ran for 75 yards on 21 carries (3.6 YPC) while adding two receptions for 18 yards receiving and no touchdowns.
The fact that Peterson has one year less of wear and tear could actually work in his favor to some degree if he end’s up being available.
I’m sure we’ll be hearing even more regarding Peterson in the coming months.