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Is Adrian Peterson’s message to the Giants, or the Vikings?

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 18: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings catches the ball in the first quarter of the game against the Indianapolis Colts on December 18, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Getty Images

On the surface, Adrian Peterson’s flirt-tweet with the Giants seems to be a fairly obvious message to Big Blue. But the real recipients could be the team that wears purple.

There’s no way the Vikings will pay Peterson $18 million in 2017. So then question becomes how much less will they offer him — and how much more that will be than the Giants or anyone else will pay?

Even if Peterson is determined to seek his freedom when the Vikings squeeze him to take less, he needs to get the best offer on the table in order to compare it to what others would pay. Technically, Peterson isn’t supposed to know what’s behind Door No. 2 before rejecting Door No. 1; as a practical matter, most agents know how to discreetly “gauge the market.”

Maybe he’ll take $1 million less to go elsewhere. Maybe $2 million. But maybe he won’t take more than $3 million less.

Arguably, Peterson means more to the Vikings than he does to any other team, given his achievements, his time with the team, and his connection to the fan base. Regardless of what he’s worth to his current team or any other, Peterson needs to know before making a final decision about whether he’ll be moving on.

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60 Responses to “Is Adrian Peterson’s message to the Giants, or the Vikings?”
  1. Frazier28/7 says: Feb 16, 2017 1:34 PM

    and do Vikings fans even care anymore? is the real question.

    Nope.

  2. justintuckrule says: Feb 16, 2017 1:37 PM

    Honestly, I think he’s done with Minny. Not for money reasons (he’s already made bank) but purely for football reasons such as a realistic chance to advance in the playoffs.

    Now, before everyone jumps on me, I’m not saying that NYG is any better or worse than Minn. I just think he might want to escape the division that Rodgers has a stranglehold on. Look, Minny’s best chance was last year getting off to a hot start but even then, they couldn’t put away GB. The NFCE is always a toss up division, which is probably what he’s looking for at this stage.

    If Mac is committed to running an offense from under center instead of shotgun and maybe picks up one of these released OL or two, I say do it and don’t look back.

  3. sameer1138 says: Feb 16, 2017 1:42 PM

    I’m wondering if he has anything left in the tank after several major injuries. A lot of players never come back from stuff like that.

  4. timmmah10 says: Feb 16, 2017 1:45 PM

    He’s going to make a lot of money as a Viking, or have a bidding war as a FA. The move basically said “I’d like to play for the Giants if the Vikings don’t pay me, and if you want to change my mind, pay up.”

  5. tjacks7 says: Feb 16, 2017 1:46 PM

    This egomaniac hasn’t come to grips with the fact that he’ll be lucky to make $3,000,000 per year going forward. He probably thinks the Giants are clearing caps space for him. Totally delusional.

  6. nathanp2013 says: Feb 16, 2017 1:47 PM

    As a Viking fan… what connection to the fan base? He cares more about his individual achievements than team achievements.

    All you need to know about this guy, other than child abuse, is his handshake. Firm handshakes are sign of mutual respect… trying to hurt the other guy shows disrespect… its a classless interaction more centered around intimidation.

  7. hbudgess says: Feb 16, 2017 1:47 PM

    He’s always playing games,needs attention, dictates direction of the team. Let’s just move on from him and the vikings… thanks for the good times.

  8. Seprix says: Feb 16, 2017 1:48 PM

    Vikings should have cut him YEARS ago. He’s not good anymore and he can’t even block. There are always good cheap RBs in the draft.

  9. cheeseisfattening says: Feb 16, 2017 1:50 PM

    I heard the Packers are prepared to offer Eddie Lacy an unlimited supply of cheeseburgers.

  10. noose18 says: Feb 16, 2017 1:52 PM

    Washed up

  11. streetyson says: Feb 16, 2017 1:52 PM

    Probably depends on how many illegitimate children turn up this month. And how many teams are classless enough to insult their younger and family-fans. Meanwhile, AP, please use the offseason to keep looking for all that charity money your foundation “mislaid” instead of founding more family in need of charity.

  12. djstat says: Feb 16, 2017 1:53 PM

    As a Giants fan I do not want this Child beater on my team

  13. truthbetold109 says: Feb 16, 2017 1:57 PM

    Doesn’t really matter. Great athlete who will fumble the football when the game is on the line. Doesn’t matter who he is playing for. It is a bit funnier in a vikings uniform though so I hope he takes a pay cut and stays in Minny. Although asking anyone to run behind the worst line in football is a cruel punishment for anyone.

  14. thejetssuck2001 says: Feb 16, 2017 1:57 PM

    well the giants just tried keeping a woman beater kicker (kicker?!) at all costs why not the strongest man on earth that also hits children with a stick till they bleed?

  15. jtwp61 says: Feb 16, 2017 2:01 PM

    As a Viking fan I can’t wait until he is gone.

  16. preposterousstatementtournament says: Feb 16, 2017 2:09 PM

    The Vikings will pay Peterson more than any other team will.

    That amount will still be far less than the $18 million.

    The question will come down to whether Peterson’s ego will allow him to come back to Minnesota on a pay cut, or go somewhere else for less money.

  17. itswhereyourmindsat says: Feb 16, 2017 2:10 PM

    The biggest mistake the Giants could make is getting AP. Please don’t do it

  18. JSpicoli says: Feb 16, 2017 2:14 PM

    It is for the market.

    He could end up in a lot of places.

  19. JSpicoli says: Feb 16, 2017 2:15 PM

    28 is a free number in OAK. Murray is gone.

  20. tremoluxman says: Feb 16, 2017 2:16 PM

    His expiration date has passed. No way I’d pay more than $3M for him. And that would an incentive laden $3M deal.
    Look, given his age, injuries, the O-line needs, offensive philosophy, OC, QB and his skill-set then he needs to take what he can get. At this point, he limits rather than enhances an offense. Any fear he instills in a defense is predicated on past performance, not present ability.
    RBs are cheap and plentiful, both current players and draftees. O-line is where the money and draft picks need to be spent, not on AP.

  21. wellthatsinteresting says: Feb 16, 2017 2:20 PM

    C. U. Adrian….have fun, wherever you end up.

  22. buckswig says: Feb 16, 2017 2:20 PM

    If the Vikings make a switch, they could take a beating.

  23. infectorman says: Feb 16, 2017 2:23 PM

    Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

    AP is a one trick pony now.
    While his trick was really impressive for a 3-4 year span, he’s no longer in a position of strength when it comes to negotiating a deal with anyone.
    Over 30, coming off injury and really only useful as an RB that needs a running start to be effective. D Johnson, L Bell, D. Freeman ( when he’s not missing critical blocks at critical junctures and very important games like the SB), are the prototypical RB in today’s NFL.

    When we last saw AP, teams had gameplanned him out of the game and he was constantly getting spelled by McKinnon, a more versatile back.

  24. sportoficionado says: Feb 16, 2017 2:24 PM

    the message is to the vikings. he wants to stay but will not take a paycut. my best guess is that this is the last of AD in a vikings uniform but he may still play on contender for the cheap if he has an opportunity at a ring–btw. not the giants.

  25. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 16, 2017 2:37 PM

    It’s hard to imagine the Vikings without Adrian Peterson.

    .

    .

    And his one career playoff win.

  26. ZULU Agency says: Feb 16, 2017 2:55 PM

    irony? he ll be chopped like he did them boys

  27. h0metownzero says: Feb 16, 2017 3:04 PM

    As a Giants fan I do not want this Child beater on my team…..

    The degenerate Viking fan base could learn a thing or two from you fine folks in NY.

  28. jonathankrobinson424 says: Feb 16, 2017 3:07 PM

    …..let the giants have him…I don’t want him in Tampa….

  29. aj66shanghai says: Feb 16, 2017 3:09 PM

    He’ll most likely end up in Seattle. Seahawks and Vikings have been cozy trade partners for years, but even if he is a FA, Seattle is a strong enough contender and struggled to get the ground game going all last year. He’ll make less than almost anywhere else and he’ll have to share carries but that could keep him fresh for playoffs.

    As a Seahawks fan, I hope they address the RB position somehow, but I won’t be super happy if they sign AP. If he contributes and stays out if the news and the Seahawks get the 1 or 2 seed, then I will be happy

  30. tcostant says: Feb 16, 2017 3:11 PM

    I wouldn’t pay more than $5M per, maybe even $3M.

  31. crimson1b says: Feb 16, 2017 3:22 PM

    As a Vikings fan I think it’s time for the Vikings to send Peterson a message, a message that can’t be misinterpreted even by someone as dumb as A.P. Release him

  32. tigershark0052 says: Feb 16, 2017 3:26 PM

    Child beater

  33. tigershark0052 says: Feb 16, 2017 3:26 PM

    HGH freak

  34. tigershark0052 says: Feb 16, 2017 3:26 PM

    Playing in the NFL is like slavery

  35. gerard33 says: Feb 16, 2017 3:28 PM

    In the wake of Josh Brown this might be a PR no-go…

  36. genericcommenter says: Feb 16, 2017 3:29 PM

    $3 Million LESS? More like $3 Million TOTAL. And that’s with a premium on his name. Name any other post-30 RB who would get much more than a vet minimum deal with a chance to earn a roster spot, even a year removed from an excellent season.

  37. adrianbeatason says: Feb 16, 2017 3:29 PM

    You can find really talented young RBs in the draft late. It boggles my mind why any team would want to spend a large chunk of their cap space on the RB position, let alone an aging RB with injury problems who hasn’t really ever demonstrated that he is particularly good at blocking or catching or not fumbling.

  38. learysdisciples says: Feb 16, 2017 3:48 PM

    Perhaps it was a subliminal message to the New Jersey Generals.

  39. Purple People Eaters says: Feb 16, 2017 3:53 PM

    I can’t imagine even Adrian is even clueless enough to think that a message like that, if directed toward the Vikings, would have any impact whatsoever.

  40. tritz32 says: Feb 16, 2017 3:54 PM

    1 playoff win in his career. You read that right! 1.

  41. belugataxi says: Feb 16, 2017 4:10 PM

    He can not be cut fast enough…

  42. adrianpetersonvikings says: Feb 16, 2017 4:32 PM

    9 yards short after a terrible ACL injury in 2012… just saying.

    296 yards in a game as a rookie… so ya

  43. breadmeatcheese says: Feb 16, 2017 4:39 PM

    lacerated the scrotum of a four year old, with a whip-like stick. repeatedly. and that was just the time he got caught.

    i hope he gets released, and is greeted by crickets.

  44. shieldsisland37 says: Feb 16, 2017 4:46 PM

    Anyone betting against A.D. is foolish. He is a freak and has proven people wrong his whole career. Maybe he is a bad dude, so what. Half the people posting on here, no wait, all of the people posting on here have skeletons in their closet. Watch: Peterson goes to Denver or New England and wins a Superbowl! Would you really doubt that?

  45. mongo3401 says: Feb 16, 2017 4:52 PM

    AP useless dried and forgotten. Hang the cleats up dude cause you ain’t worth more then Vets minimum.

  46. fwippel says: Feb 16, 2017 4:57 PM

    If Peterson thinks he can game the Vikings in 2017 like he tried to do in 2015, he’s fooling only himself.

    He can send any message he wants to the Vikings; what he’ll get in return in pretty plain: Either he takes a pay-cut down to $2-3 million a year, or he gets cut and becomes a free agent. Peterson holds no cards over the Vikings, though he may be the only person left who doesn’t realize it.

  47. lukeshow says: Feb 16, 2017 5:14 PM

    I don’t think AP is that smart. And that’s coming from guy with an AP jersey in his closet.

  48. wafflestomp says: Feb 16, 2017 5:36 PM

    I sincerely hope Spieldope and Co. resign this piece of garbage.
    I also hope they give him another raise.
    He fits perfectly with that team and their fans.
    They’re made for each other.
    And you can bet that their inbred fans will lap it up.

  49. knew8411 says: Feb 16, 2017 6:10 PM

    I love AP & what he has done, on the field, for the Vikings. But, let’s be honest, he simply isn’t the running back that he used to be. He is injury prone, and doesn’t possess the physical skills, that he did at one time.
    All that said, I really would love to see him end his career, in MN. But not at the current salary he will be due in 2017. That means PAY CUT!
    The ball is clearly in the Vikings court & if Peterson isn’t thrilled in what they propose as a restructured contract, then let him walk.
    If that is the case, I really don’t care where he winds up….if it’s NY then so be it.

  50. icebowler says: Feb 16, 2017 6:11 PM

    In order to keep from totally embarrassing himself in 2017, he’ll need to sign with a team that has an O-line that is top-notch. That team will also need to have a good 3rd down back.

  51. whatjusthapped says: Feb 16, 2017 6:20 PM

    Peterson should remain a Viking for all the obvious reasons;

    not many teams and their fan bases would tolerate a child beater on their team, the Viking fan base not only does but is happy to make him the face of the franchise.

    The next highest paid RB in the NFL is paid less than $8M, the Vikings are not only willing to beat that number by $10M a year, they gave Peterson a salary increase after he was convicted of child abuse, let that one settle in.

    Peterson is rapidly declining and likely to not last a full season. For declining players (Benard Berriman, Darren Sharper etc), the Vikings are the place to go. They not keep you on the team, they let you play just to show how far you’ve declined.

  52. mcdeez22 says: Feb 16, 2017 6:33 PM

    His personal life aside, I don’t understand the hate from a football only perspective. Yes he’s had some injuries but when healthy he’s been a beast. If he just had a 14-16 game season with 700 yards, okay, I would agree. But that’s not the case. If he lands somewhere with a decent qb and OL, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him put up 1500 yards barring injury.

  53. Angry Orange Man says: Feb 16, 2017 6:40 PM

    Why would the Giants want him on anything other than a “prove it” deal? He did not play well at all last year and is coming off an injury at an accelerated age for a RB. As a Giants fan who has admired AP’s play his entire career, I would rather have Paul Perkins get the bulk of the carries next season unless AP wants to come in for 2-4 million with incentives on a 1 year deal.

    I realize that won’t happen, but if I were Jerry Reese, that is the ONLY way he’s a Giant next year. He’ll be in Minnesota again and finish his career there. Which is a good thing.

  54. wafflestomp says: Feb 16, 2017 7:23 PM

    cheeseisfattening says:
    Feb 16, 2017 1:50 PM
    I heard the Packers are prepared to offer Eddie Lacy an unlimited supply of cheeseburgers.
    —————
    Only in Barneyland would a child abuser be preferable to a RB with a perceived weight issue.
    Sad, truly sad.

  55. golforepar says: Feb 16, 2017 8:51 PM

    1 career playoff win! Let that sink in! 1

  56. jag1959 says: Feb 17, 2017 10:00 AM

    Way to much self importance and far too little self awareness. It’s not the message he’s sending that matters, it’s the one he doesn’t seem to be getting.

  57. fmc651 says: Feb 17, 2017 11:31 AM

    Packers’ Aaron Rodgers: Struggles until garbage time in NFC championship game 44-21 loss.

    by RotoWire Staff Jan 23, 2017

  58. northwoodsv2 says: Feb 17, 2017 1:32 PM

    And, he’s not smart enough to send subliminal messages. His agent, maybe…….

  59. northwoodsv2 says: Feb 17, 2017 1:36 PM

    “The next highest paid RB in the NFL is paid less than $8M, the Vikings are not only willing to beat that number by $10M a year…..”

    The rock you live under….granite, or limestone?

    The Vikings are NOT going to pay him $18 million.

  60. adrianpetersonvikings says: Feb 17, 2017 7:18 PM

    So here’s his resume:

    7X Pro Bowler
    5X First Team All Pro
    NFL MVP
    ROY
    3X NFL Rushing Yards leader
    2X NFL Touchdowns leader
    NFL Record for more yards in a game (7TH CAREER GAME!!!)

    Plus almost 12,000 yards and 100 rushing touchdowns.

    The guy’s still got it, no question.

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