Although, Hughes adds that the Giants are not completely ruling out the possibility of bringing in Peterson.
The Giants have been tossed out as a potential landing spot for Peterson for a few weeks now, but it sounds like New York’s focus will be on other positions and options for the time being.
Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reported yesterday that Peterson has been doing casual research on potential NFL destinations for a few weeks now and is intrigued about possibly joining the Raiders, Buccaneers or Giants.
Robinson added that Peterson hasn’t closed the door on re-signing with the Vikings. However, Robinson doesn’t expect the Vikings to make Peterson an offer prior to free agency and admits they may not make him an offer at all.
Jeremy Fowler of ESPN later reported that the Buccaneers are not expected to aggressively pursue Peterson at this point, so there’s some question as to how much interest he’ll have in the coming weeks.
Robinson mentions that Peterson will be looking for a starting job and an incentivized contract that gives him at least an opportunity to be paid as one of the best running backs in the game based on his production.
A source tells Robinson that Peterson could wait until late March to sign with a team, as he plans to be patient with the process.
The Vikings announced Tuesday that they will not exercise Peterson’s 2017 option, which means he will become an unrestricted free agent next week.
Peterson, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Vikings back in 2007. He was entering the final year of his three-year, $44 million contract that included $20 million guaranteed and was set to make a base salary of $11.75 million to go along with a $6 million roster bonus due on March 11.
In 2016, Peterson has rushed for 72 yards on 37 carries (1.9 YPC) to go along with three receptions for eight yards receiving and no touchdowns over the course of three games.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2017 Free Agents list.