Vikings won’t pick up the option on Adrian Peterson contract

AP

The Vikings have decided to let former MVP Adrian Peterson go.

The team announced they were not picking up the option on his contract for next year, making the veteran running back an unrestricted free agent next week.

“Adrian is an important part of the Minnesota Vikings organization,” Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said in a statement. “We will continue to have conversations with his representatives and leave our future options open while determining what is best for both parties moving forward.”

Not paying Peterson $18 million next season was an easy decision, as he’s 31, only played one full season in the last three and is coming off knee surgery.

But it’s still a big Band-aid to pull off for a guy who meant so much to the franchise. The statement alludes to some chance of a return, but he’s already been dropping hints about future destinations, or at least places he’d be interested in.

100 responses to “Vikings won’t pick up the option on Adrian Peterson contract

  1. Why would Peterson want to go to Dallas? They already have Zeke there. I can envision AP ending up in New York, perhaps. It’ll be interesting to see where he finally lands. It certainly won’t be Minnesota.

  2. my browns missed out on him his draft year hurt even more ever since he’s 31 id take a flye ron him especially if we lose Crow too the 2nd rounder tender stuff

  3. Remember when he came back against Indianapolis, they immediately went back to the run, run, pass, punt offense, and the Vikings got blown out? That really made me mad until he fumbled, then I just laughed and laughed.

    We’ll miss you, Adrian!

  4. He’s not going to Green Bay.

    Of course if he did and the Packers released him, the Vikings would swoop him back up. They love those old former Packers.

  5. This move was about as predictable as sunrise.

    Good luck finding another paying gig, AP. No team out there is crazy enough to give you what you think you’re worth.

    Enjoy your retirement.

  6. There’s a 50/50 he’s going to even be a quality player that can stay on the field. The 2K running days are long gone.
    I’m not sure where he’s a real good fit.

  7. Only a Viking fan would look at his time with the team as “A good run”. A good run would have been playoff wins and a SB visit or 2.
    AP = flop for team ! Dump big $$ on one player is not a recipe for success.
    But then again its the Vikings!

  8. Thanks for the great career and all of those playoff wins and championships! You were the best RB in the league for years, unfortunately the Vikings couldn’t figure out how to win with you on the roster. I really hope my team stays away from you.

  9. v2787 says:
    Feb 28, 2017 12:19 PM
    Why would Peterson want to go to Dallas? They already have Zeke there. I can envision AP ending up in New York, perhaps. It’ll be interesting to see where he finally lands. It certainly won’t be Minnesota.

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    If he is expecting anything close to $18M a year he won’t be landing anywhere….

  10. Only a hapless and tasteless team like the Vikings could completely squander away a generational type talent like Peterson’s.

    What a complete embarrassment. Even the Pioneer Press is calling MN “Loserville”.

  11. I would like to see Peterson back more than anything but the facts are of the playoff games that we have lost two of them were caused by fumbles from Adrian Peterson come back maybe prove your worth to the fans who love you a lot if not I don’t know
    good luck I suppose you have a good day

  12. Fan boys, his nic is AD, stands for All Day, not AP. Google it.
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    Sorry fanboy, you mean his nic was AD.

    Until he can stay healthy and bust out another 1400 yd season…he is just AP again.

  13. Let’s see…..how valuable is a player that as soon as he enters the field you know the play will be a run 90% of the time?

    If it isn’t a run then the defense needs only run a simply blitz that the RB will never be able to figure out to get a sack of the QB.

    How valuable is a RB who fumbled about once every two games over the past three years? Or only catches 60% of the passes thrown to him?

    What team other than MN would want a guy who admits to the police that he “smoked a little weed” while out on bail for child abuse?

    But he can ride a camel, so there is always that.

  14. There just aren’t any $16 million dollar RB’s. Even at his peak that was a BIG number, and he is very far from his peak.

  15. I see him ending up in New York, and rushing for around/slightly over 4 yards per carry behind that fat O-line that is set up for run blocking. Jennings was NOT good enough to do anything with it…AP will get something out of it. Probably rushes for around 1000 yards (because I think they will limit his # of carries compared to his younger years). Could be a big deal for the Giants…but how much are they going to pay him??

  16. Excuse, me $18 million dollars. Even worse. He should play for a little over the veterans minimum given his recent history.

  17. rowdystiller says:
    Feb 28, 2017 12:45 PM
    Thank you Vikings! You just saved the Steelers 4 million dollars on Bell’s franchise tag!

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    Sorry dude, not true. PFT reported weeks ago that formula is already set and will not be impacted by AP.

  18. WHAT ? ? ? ? ? Where did this come from? This is completely out of left field. I cannot believe this news. What are they thinking and how did we not see this coming?
    Complete and Utter disbelief is all I can say.

  19. If I’m Peterson these are the five teams I’d look at.

    Denver – Easiest path back to the playoffs and potentially further.

    Baltimore – High risk, but a high reward with a team that would definitely compete for the postseason with AP.

    New York Giants – They could be the right running back away from getting to the Super Bowl.

    Atlanta – If one of their backs leaves, he can fit right in.

    Seattle – If he’s willing to play for less money, this might be the best move out there.

  20. dawiz2008 says:
    Feb 28, 2017 12:21 PM

    Chiefs will take you. We love Charles but he stays hurt. We’re playoff bound just need great rb

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    To bad they have only won 4 play off games since 1969, I am pretty sure he rather go where he can win right now, like in Oakland.

  21. Denver – No QB and already invested in CJA at running back.

    Baltimore – If AP can last four more years they could turn things around.

    New York Giants – This might actually work.

    Atlanta – If TWO of their backs die suddenly, he can fit right in.

    Seattle – No line and two younger backs already in place.

  22. It is not at all a Bandaid being pulled off. When he was good, he was great. But, missing two of the last three years have most Viking fans ready to move on.
    If they don’t spend that AP money on the OL, they won’t be able to run the ball again next year either, regardless of who is carrying it.
    To the person complaining he is AD, not AP, he is more All Done than All Day anymore. Besides, most referred to him as AP instead of AD in MN anyway. The AD faded after the first season or two.

  23. navyvandal says:
    Feb 28, 2017 12:46 PM

    Foxborough and New England are gorgeous in the fall

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    Please, God. No! Never liked him, never will. He’s already played his best football anyway.

  24. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Feb 28, 2017 12:23 PM

    The glorious Adrain Peterson era in MN has come to an end.

    2007-2016 – 10 years
    80-79-1
    1 meager playoff victory
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    It would have been at least three playoff victories if not for his fumbles.

  25. My guess is that he’ll re-sign with the Vikings for a lesser amount but still way higher than what any of the other 31 teams would be willing to pay.

    BUT, if I’m wrong and he never plays for the Vikings again, his lasting legacy will be his playoff performances, 3 fumbles in the NFC Championship game vs. Saints and a real back breaking, game changing fumble vs. the Seahawks. Granted, they still could have kicked a 27 yard FB to win that game but the Seahawks would have never been in the lead if it weren’t for that 4th Qb fumble.

    Peterson will have cemented his legacy along with the other Viking Not-so-Greats, Fran “I can’t win the big one” Tarketon, Wrong Way Marshall and the two FG kickers who contributed mightily to the playoff chokes.

  26. h0metownzero says:
    Feb 28, 2017 1:17 PM
    See?

    We told you so.
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    WE?

    Everyone expected this. Especially Vikings fans.

    Dont try to stand up and take credit for this.

    How was Houston?

  27. There’s no reason for GB to want him.

    Whatever patchwork of RB they’ve put back there for the last 3 years has outperformed AP over the same period.

    See, this is why the Vikings are where they are. They think GB would get better by adding AP – they would get worse. They fall for the name, not the production. Generally you want to IMPROVE your team, not make it worse. AP in GB makes their backfield WORSE than what they have.

  28. Big Ant TV says:
    Feb 28, 2017 12:19 PM
    my browns missed out on him his draft year hurt even more ever since he’s 31 id take a flye ron him especially if we lose Crow too the 2nd rounder tender stuff
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    Bruh…. No offense, but as a Vikings fan who actually respects the heck out of Browns fans? Your team misses out on EVERYBODY in the draft.

    That? And you could literally name your city Adrian Peterson and there is STILL no way he is going to sign with your football team.

  29. Only a Viking fan would look at his time with the team as “A good run”. A good run would have been playoff wins and a SB visit or 2.
    AP = flop for team ! Dump big $$ on one player is not a recipe for success.
    But then again its the Vikings!
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    I disagree. I would say the our management failed AP. Saying AP= flop for team is just nonsense. There hasn’t been a better rb since he entered the nfl. imo.

  30. A badly tainted player who badly drained the Vikings reputation – and their wallet too. Were all those nearly-good years worth it?

  31. No sarcasm. Hell of a player in his prime. One of the truly elite players who can say that he was the best at his position for multiple seasons. It’s a shame the last few years have been filled with a lot of negativity, but it was a blast to watch him and feel like there was a chance he could break one whenever they put the ball in his hands. Good luck to him.

  32. akboot says:
    Feb 28, 2017 1:57 PM

    I disagree. I would say the our management failed AP. Saying AP= flop for team is just nonsense. There hasn’t been a better rb since he entered the nfl. imo.
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    The management put all their eggs in one basket for most of his career. Elite RBs don’t win championships teams do. Lynch is the closest to Elite that has been on a winning team, with Ray Rice being the next closest one.

    With someone like AP whom was as selfish as he was though it feels like he is content with how it went, well until he stops getting his fat paychecks…

    As far as people talking about AP going to GB, if they were to pursue and aging RB that has dealt with injuries, I would rather see Jamaal Charles would fit the team better, and not complain when he doesn’t get enogh touches, because GB is a pass first offense.

  33. come to Green Bay, we promise not do disappoint you with an embarrassing playoff loss!!! We have done it 9 strait years!!!

    Green Bay has lost the past 9 playoff games by an average of 32.6 points!!! A new NFL record!!!

  34. I disagree. I would say the our management failed AP. Saying AP= flop for team is just nonsense. There hasn’t been a better rb since he entered the nfl. imo.
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    The management put all their eggs in one basket for most of his career. Elite RBs don’t win championships teams do

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    That is kind of my point. You cannot blame AP for that can you?

  35. ariani1985 says:
    Feb 28, 2017 3:19 PM
    come to Green Bay, we promise not do disappoint you with an embarrassing playoff loss!!! We have done it 9 strait years!!!

    Green Bay has lost the past 9 playoff games by an average of 32.6 points!!! A new NFL record!!!
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    Even more amazing if you know that when they lost 5 of those games on the last play of the game so it really sounds like they had one REALLY bad game…

    GB has a WR that contributed to more playoff wins last season at RB, than AP has in his decade long career.

  36. Looks like AP has some company. as in Charles from KC. 30 plus year old RB’s aren’t a need in the NFL for the money they think they are worth. When you can sign a younger player for half the money. Wish both of them well.

  37. contra74 says:
    Feb 28, 2017 12:14 PM
    Packers on lines 1,3,4,5, and 6.

    Lacy is on line 2 with Papa Johns.
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    Maybe you havent heard but the Packers say they are enamored with Lacy and are going to work out a deal to keep him. Once thats done he will eat a papa johns.

    Tight Ass Ted TAT would not spend a nickel of Pederson and neither will most other GM’s. He will stay a Vike with a low ball offer. This is where ego meats reality

  38. Why would Peterson want to go to Dallas? They already have Zeke there. I can envision AP ending up in New York, perhaps. It’ll be interesting to see where he finally lands. It certainly won’t be Minnesota.
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    He is from the Dallas area, that’s where he learned to discipline children.

  39. akboot says:
    Feb 28, 2017 3:29 PM
    That is kind of my point. You cannot blame AP for that can you?

    Sorry my friend, but it’s you who miss the point. In the modern NFL game Adrian Peterson is a stat machine and nothing more. His very nature hampers an offense. He would have been immensely valuable in the 1960s or 1970s, when a big, strong, explosive back could carry the ball 30 times a game and carry the team on his back. You’d eat up clock and would need only 14-21 points to win. In the new millennium, he’s a fish out of water. His physical skills alone will get him a lot of rushing yards, but he can’t block, isn’t a good receiver, and fumbles too often in key moments. He needs a ton of carries, both to get going and to stay happy. But a steady diet of Peterson comes at the expense of a modern passing attack and a balanced offense, where you must score a lot more to win consistently. Even in his prime, he’d get his yards and stats, but the Vikings’ offense was easy to plan for and too often easy to outscore. Mix in his many fumbles at critical moments and he’s just not worth it. Peterson is a physical specimen and will land in the Hall of Fame, but you can’t build an NFL offense around dinosaurs any more.

  40. thisoneguy1 says:
    Feb 28, 2017 4:27 PM

    akboot says:
    Feb 28, 2017 3:29 PM
    That is kind of my point. You cannot blame AP for that can you?

    Sorry my friend, but it’s you who miss the point. In the modern NFL game Adrian Peterson is a stat machine and nothing more. His very nature hampers an offense. He would have been immensely valuable in the 1960s or 1970s, when a big, strong, explosive back could carry the ball 30 times a game and carry the team on his back. You’d eat up clock and would need only 14-21 points to win. In the new millennium, he’s a fish out of water. His physical skills alone will get him a lot of rushing yards, but he can’t block, isn’t a good receiver, and fumbles too often in key moments. He needs a ton of carries, both to get going and to stay happy. But a steady diet of Peterson comes at the expense of a modern passing attack and a balanced offense, where you must score a lot more to win consistently. Even in his prime, he’d get his yards and stats, but the Vikings’ offense was easy to plan for and too often easy to outscore. Mix in his many fumbles at critical moments and he’s just not worth it. Peterson is a physical specimen and will land in the Hall of Fame, but you can’t build an NFL offense around dinosaurs any more.
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    AD catches the ball just fine, Its no coincidence that AD’s best year catching the ball was when the vikings had a decent QB in Favre throwing him the ball, Favre was a master of setting up the screen an short pass for AD, “ask William Gay” about that. Ad is on par with Dickerson an Franco Harris as far as catching it, all the while missing two years in his prime other wise he may have about 300 receptions for a career at this point. Its been widely exaggerated that he couldnt catch and block both of which were quite false

  41. 81TinaKane says:
    AD catches the ball just fine,
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    Another one who doesn’t understand. The backs you compared Peterson to were backs from the old game, where runners could pound the ball and occasionally grab a swing pass out of the backfield on a check-down. Yes, Peterson is THAT kind of receiver, and yes, Favre was good at getting backs the ball in that situation., But in the modern game, to be considered a good receiving back you have to do more. You have to get into the seams and be able to find openings and catch the ball downfield sometimes. Peterson is NOT, and NEVER HAS BEEN that kind of receiver.

  42. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Feb 28, 2017 1:11 PM
    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Feb 28, 2017 12:23 PM

    The glorious Adrain Peterson era in MN has come to an end.

    2007-2016 – 10 years
    80-79-1
    1 meager playoff victory
    _______

    It would have been at least three playoff victories if not for his fumbles.
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    Classic. Not only do the Barney fans count moral victories as real ones, they’ll even add up all their (if and but) wins too.

    And to all the Heidis that believe Peterson will even pass the sniff test from the Packers, your even dumber than the people who continue to donate to his charity.

    Hmmm……..a GM with a winning track record and an allergic reaction towards Free Agency is suddenly going to swim against tide and sign a PR nightmare? Please!
    The Green Bay Packers do not sign Free Agent Child Abusers.
    Minnesota does.
    Wait, sorry, strike that, they give them raises.

  43. One of the most entertaining things ever is the back and forth put downs between Vikings and Packers fans!

  44. Want to know a waste of talent! Farve & Rodgers 25 years with two of the best qb,s who have ever played the game 25 years 25 years 25 years! Yeah you have 2 Superbowls you also lost two. Brady has 5 and if not for 2 lucky catches by the Giants , he would have 7. In the Superbowl ERA you are definitely Title Town and should not talk about wasting a great talent!

  45. jjackwagon says:
    Feb 28, 2017 12:37 PM

    Fan boys, his nic is AD, stands for All Day, not AP. Google it.
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    Sorry fanboy, you mean his nic was AD.

    Until he can stay healthy and bust out another 1400 yd season…he is just AP again.
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    Maybe it is AD…for All Done.

  46. In 2015 Peterson rushed for (nearly or over) 100 yards in only 8 games. The BEST of those teams, Atlanta, finished 8-8. Every other team had a losing record. He compiled 1051 yards against them.

    Then you compare what he did against teams that had winning records – in 6 games against winning teams (GB twice) he only managed 340 yards.

    Add in his massive choke against SF for 31 yards, and 63 more yards in the second game against Chicago to come up with his league leading total. So, yeah…….he led the league……because he played against really bad teams.

    Then look at his playoff game against Seattle – 45 yards.

    This is not the RB we want on the field come January, when all that’s left are good teams.

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