Two NFL sources tell Fowler that they believe Peterson is still a free agent because his initial asking price was too high.
Ben Goessling of ESPN recently reported that the Packers have “some” interest in Peterson, but the belief was that they could wait until after the draft before considering running back options, as they would have a better idea of their options at running back.
The Raiders and Giants have also come up as potential landing spots for Peterson since free agency opened a few weeks ago, but it appears as though Oakland may prefer other options including Marshawn Lynch. There has been a lot of talk about the Giants adding a power running back, but there hasn’t been any indication that Peterson could be a serious option for them.
Jason Cole of B/R recently reported that Peterson is feeling “disrespected by what’s transpired in free agency up to this point. Cole added that one of the biggest issues right now for Peterson is the fact that he’s still looking to be paid like a superstar running back, despite the fact that he’s 31 years old and coming off of an injury-filled 2016 season.
Previous reports have said that Peterson is more than willing to take his time with finding a new team, so this situation could take a little while. Some have also wondered that if Peterson may consider retirement if he’s asked to take a large reduction in pay and a reduced role next year.
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.
Peterson is testing the open market for the first time in his career.
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 50 Available Free Agents list.