According to Cole, the Raiders waiting to see if fellow free agent RB Latavius Murray returns. Beyond that, Cole says that the Raiders like their other young running backs, so there’s really no urgency from their end to bring in Peterson.
There has been some talk that the Raiders could move on from Murray this offseason, but it sounds like there’s at least a chance that he could return to Oakland.
Peterson has also been linked to teams such as the Buccaneers and Giants. Although, recent reports have downplayed interest from these two teams in Peterson.
The possibility still exists that he could return to the Vikings.
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.
Murray, 26, is a former sixth-round pick of the Raiders back in 2013. He played out the final year of his four-year, $2.266 million rookie contract and is now in line to be one of the best available running backs in next year’s free agent class.
In 2016, Murray has rushed for 788 yards on 195 carries (4 YPC) to go along with 12 rushing touchdowns and 33 receptions for 264 yards receiving. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 21 running back out of 61 qualifying players.
We have them both featured in our Top 100 – 2017 Free Agents list.