Adrian Peterson is struggling to accept the limits of his market

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It’s becoming more and more clear that: (1) teams aren’t as interested in running back Adrian Peterson as he expected them to be; and (2) he’s starting to get a little frustrated about that.

There’s no other way to explain his father’s decision to vent regarding the decision of the Vikings to not make Peterson an offer before deciding last Tuesday not to exercise the option on his contract for 2017. The Vikings actually did Peterson a favor, giving him a full and complete opportunity to determine, via impermissible tampering at the Scouting Combine and permissible tampering this week, to determine his market.

The problem is that Peterson’s market (if there even is one at this point) is nowhere close to where Peterson thought it would be. That’s why the news regarding Peterson is entirely one sided, with the player, his father, and/or unnamed sources close to Peterson identifying teams he’d be interested in joining but no one reporting that teams are interested in him.

Consider that for a moment. In this season of B.S. and fake news regarding team interest in players, there hasn’t even been a made up report about a team being interested in Peterson.

In lieu of venting at the 31 other teams that have yet to make Peterson a real offer (or a phony one), Peterson’s anger apparently will be directed at the Vikings.

His father most recently has criticized the Vikings for not making an offer before deciding not to pick up Peterson’s option. Peterson and his father apparently don’t realize that they likely would have been offended by any such offer, given the manner in which it would have compared to the $18 million Peterson was due to make this year.

The truth very well may be that the offer from the Vikings (assuming they even make one at this point) will be more lucrative than any other offer Peterson gets from any other team. But that offer may not come at all, especially with Peterson’s father firing shots and/or throwing shade at the quality of the Vikings’ offensive line.

“What we personally like is [the Raiders’] offensive line,” Nelson Peterson told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “The offensive line, they haven’t been playing around. They haven’t been trying to get offensive linemen from the bottom of the barrel and trying to make them into something.”

Meanwhile, Peterson will be trying to make his free agency into something more than a low base salary with incentives. For now, the thinking is that he’ll have to choose between taking something far less than what he’s accustomed to getting, or not playing at all.

110 responses to “Adrian Peterson is struggling to accept the limits of his market

  1. Thank you for what you provided Minnesota AD, you have been the most exciting RB in the NFL for the last ten years. Good luck in all future endeavors.

  2. He is not worth 18 million a season at this point in his career with all of the injuries and he dad needs to accept that.

  3. He’s worth far more to the Vikings than he is to anyone else. If they’re smart, they’ll hold off and let his ego continue to take a beating for a while. They can then pick him up (from the depths of despair) with a much more team-friendly deal.

  4. Dude is only now realizing that the market is way different then when he was a rookie 9 seasons ago. The idea that a team would pay top dollar for a 32 year old running back in today’s NFL is asinine.

  5. 10 seasons ago* – point is he’s been around so long he’s basically “old man yells at cloud” by NFL RB standards

  6. “trying to get offensive linemen from the bottom of the barrel”

    I don’t follow the Vikings very closely, so how true is that claim?

    I though that the Seahawks had a patent on attempting stuff like that, e.g. turning UDFA George Fant from a basketball player to an NFL caliber left tackle.

  7. Yo Adrian fumble inside the 5 yard line against the saints if you score a touch we win. Yo Adrian if you don’t fumble against the Seahawks we win 2 of the most important games of your career you let us down. Unappreciated the team took you back after laceration your sons scrotum? Unappriciated?

  8. So All Day is now more like A Couple of Hours, I guess.

    Oh yeah and having a grown man’s father / mother / wife / girlfriend taking up for him in the press is never a good look.

  9. AP’s Dad: “He feels disrespected by the Vikings…”

    Vikings: “What about 2014!”

    AP’s Dad: “New phone. Who dis?”

  10. 30 year old LeGarrette Blount ran for 1,161 yards and had 18 rushing touchdowns, all for a contract valued at “up to $2 million”.

    How delusional is AP to think he should be able to sniff anything near $18 million? Or even $1.8 million?

  11. He won’t sign a big contract but he will be playing somewhere. I would take an angry Adrian Peterson on my team with a nice low price tag.

  12. Take a pay cut and see if the Pats will have you Adrian. I have to think the ring is more important at this point. Unless of course you pissed every penny away?

  13. Peterson’s market might not pick up until after the draft. You don’t want to be passing on guys because you signed a veteran short timer and don’t have roster room

  14. NO RB IS WORTH 18 million…..use the money for the OL any decent RB can make alot of yards witha good line..alot of 3rd and 4th rounders do….TErrell Davis 6th, L Mccoy 2nd, Bell, 2nd, charles 3rd, Foster UDFA, Blount UDFA, Jordon 3rd, Ajayi 3rd, Murray 6th, HYde 2nd, FReeman 4th rd, IVORY UDFA, Rawls UDFA, Riddick 6th rd,

  15. From the emails I’ve received the past couple months from my friends who are life-long Vikings fans, they wanted some team to make an offer for AP. They are ready to move on.

  16. AP is a 1st-ballot HOFer imho. However, at this point in his career, injuries and all, I don’t see a team giving him anything but an incentive-laden contract for games played and various contributions.

    He wants to go to a contender. Well, those teams won’t spend a lot of money on a RB who no longer can carry the load as a full-time starter.

  17. Sorry AP, go watch your film from last year. Then you’ll understand.

    At this point he’s just a name. Must be hard to be an NFL RB honestly, father time comes calling way to soon, and all of a sudden.

  18. Does he not remember his own career? AP you were really good to start but then u tore your ACL and had a sub 1k season, then a Great season, a decent season, a missed season for being a child abuser who laughs about it in text messages and has a bed room in his house dedicated to beating ur kids, a good season, and another missed season.

    You haven’t been this Legend I guess you see yourself as in a while. Besides the amazing 2k season 5 years ago you have pretty much been Doug Martin.

    What I mean by that is, you will have a really good 1400 yard season and then do absolutely nothing. Then maybe have a 1000 yard season b4 disappearing again. You aren’t reliable. So don’t expect more then 9m over 2 years. Period.

  19. It’s not just his age, it’s his injury history. Two of the last three seasons were lost. Also, he clearly doesn’t have the zip he had four years ago, or even two.

  20. I can not figure out why his Dad does all of his talking…it’s like AD is incapable of speaking for himself.
    This is what happened a couple years back, when he had his troubles.
    Peterson needs to go to reality training, of some sort & he needs to put a muzzle on his Dad. That man is not doing AD any favors

  21. Come to Philly. We love older and injury prone RBs. Not to mention overpaying for free agents. Nothing against Sproles….love that guy.

  22. Getting offensive linemen from the bottom of the barrel?

    Yeah, I’d consider that as a bridge burned …

  23. “What we personally like is [the Raiders’] offensive line,” Nelson Peterson told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “The offensive line, they haven’t been playing around. They haven’t been trying to get offensive linemen from the bottom of the barrel and trying to make them into something.”

    …and another earlier report linked him to… wait for it…. the WORST OLine in the NFL… the Seahawks. Go figure.
    Fake news?

  24. Welcome to what NFL for most players is, there isn’t a team bending itself backwards to meet your high and at sometimes flat out ridiculous requests.

    Good thing you squeezed every red cent you could out of Minnesota.

  25. AP is definitely not worth 18m a year, he however is still better than half the backs in the league if his mind is right. Some team will give him a shot. Maybe a 1-2 year deal with incentives.

  26. The game has changed. RB’s are now one of the most disposable positions in the game. No one talks about “Franchise RB’s”.

  27. What amazes me is that he didn’t see this coming. He signed a contract that was due to pay him 18 mil when he was 32. In what universe would that ever actually happen?

  28. At his age, teams realistically view him as a 1 year rental. He isn’t ideal for passing downs, so he is a 2 down back and goal line guy. Championship or playoff teams that would make sense are the Pats to take over Blount roll, packers to pair with a rookie and Montgomery, and the raiders.

  29. the reality is running backs are considered disposable in the NFL. short careers. even HOF ones are done at 30 (unless were talking Marcus Allen, who went 4 years of his prime where the Raiders barely used him)

  30. This is all going to come down to Peterson’s own self-perception. If he’s willing to take a team friendly deal, and not dominate team carries, he’d likely be a huge asset to the Raiders. However, if he’s going to want to pull a lot of cap money and be a headache if he’s not ~the~ guy, I don’t know that a relatively young and up and coming team like Oakland would want him.

    Running backs don’t mean what they used to, but they’re still important. Even the best passing teams need some viable threat at the goal line when the field gets extremely short. If Peterson wants to be a role player on a high level team, that opportunity still likely exists, but his tone seems to indicate otherwise, and he might be playing himself into a situation he has no interest in being in.

  31. The truth is, Peterson was never worth $18M even when he was at the top of his game. The fact that Minnesota paid that money should have no bearing on the logical business thinking of the other 31 GM’s.

    Peterson can get angry all he wants, I just feel bad for his kids when that happens.

  32. motsuret06 says:
    Mar 7, 2017 9:25 PM

    He is not worth 18 million a season at this point in his career with all of the injuries and he dad needs to accept that.
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    I think the reality is that if he gets any offer at all it will be a 1 or 2 mill deal with incentives.

    It sounds like AP was expecting 9 mil or something.

  33. It’s hard when the love is gone. A rash of serious leg injuries, declining production and advancing years make Peterson expendable and unwanted. Welcome to reality, it’s here all day, every day AP. You made $97 million in this league. Time to spend it and enjoy watching younger men run.

  34. “In lieu of venting at the 31 other teams that have yet to make Peterson a real offer (or a phony one), Peterson’s anger apparently will be directed at the Vikings.”

    I wouldn’t count on it. I have one word of advice for Peterson’s kids…RUN!!!

  35. You can get a decent running back at a flea market nowadays. The position is not worth overspending on, especially with his baggage, and his age.

  36. AP is mad at the Vikings?

    They paid him over 60MM the last 5 years.

    Pay me $1MM and you can put my naked picture in the post office labeled “Worst Guy in the World”.

  37. If his dad doesn’t stop talking he’ll be lucky to get $1.5M from Oakland on a 1 yr deal.

    For the Vikings part, they either want to move away from what AD offers @the running back spot or didn’t want to insult him with an offer way lower than $18M. Releasing him ahead of time and so he could test his market was both a classy move, and prudent for the team.

  38. xDocOpsx says:
    Mar 7, 2017 9:25 PM
    Maybe AP should learn how to run out of shoutgun sets and teams might start calling.

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    or pick up the blitz, or block in general, or catch a pass, or hold on to the football. Do 2-3 of these things better and maybe your phone will ring……

  39. Dad Peterson is talking about a contract worth $8-9 million a year. I hope AD isn’t thinking the same thing. No team is going to pay him that much money per season. The Vikings paid you $97 million already. Those kind of contracts are over.

  40. Duckhomie says:
    Mar 7, 2017 9:20 PM

    Thank you for what you provided Minnesota AD, you have been the most exciting RB in the NFL for the last ten years. Good luck in all future endeavors.

    =================================

    Yes – thanks for being a child beating, fumble prone, all about my own stats RB. Also – thanks for that 1 playoff win in your career (thanks to the Ol’ Gunslinger.) The only thing he provided your state is embarrassment. Dude is honestly one dumbest people I’ve heard speak. SKOLOLOLOL!!!

  41. Back in the day Reggie Bush signed a one year $1 million contract with the Dolphins which he used to prove he still had something left in the tank. He was younger at the time but also had injuries in the past. I think it worked out well for both parties because he proved he could play.

    Adrian is realistically on his last contract at 31 years old.

    Best case scenario is he plays for two more years in a RB platoon.

    If I am a GM of a team and I am comfortable hiring a man guilty of child abuse then I think a $3 million two year contract is fair. If I have a hole at RB then I go up to $4 million.

    Cause while Reggie Bush worked out well for the Dolphins, Arian Foster did not.

  42. There’s a market for Adrian Peterson? Sounds like at best its nfl minimum. Odds are he doesn’t even get on a team this season till injuries hit if then.

  43. Someone needs to remind Nelson Peterson the Vikings had the HIGHEST PAID OLINE in all of football last year after spending a ton through FA. How’d that work out?!?

  44. ah, the father, where the cycle of abuse began for adrian peterson.

    the down side of AP not finding work though is that he will have more time to spend with his son.

    which means more beatings for the kid, and a major increase of risk for genital mutilation.

  45. At first, I was just hoping the Vikings wouldn’t waste money and would not bring him back at ANY price. Move on, fix the OL, and work with younger players/cheaper retreads/new faces.

    Now, I am starting to hope that no team signs him. With fumbling issues and his lack of versatility, I can’t see the Pats signing him (although you never know). I hope everyone steers clear and then we can just not hear about him anymore from various family members.

  46. On top of all of the declining production and age points others have made, AP takes up a lot of oxygen in any dressing room he’s in. Is there a Head Coach anywhere who wants to have a sulky big name veteran in his room, spreading unhappiness because he isn’t getting the rock as much as he might like? No thanks…

  47. For the record, his nickname is “AD” not “AP.” It stands for “All Day” and was given to him in his youth because he could go “all day.” Of course, based on the lack of interest in his services, it may soon stand for “All Done.”

  48. In all seriousness, what team wants a RB who can’t catch, can’t block, dances to the line and looked terrible in the 3 games he “played” in last season.

    He fumbled away a super bowl berth to the Saints. 2 fumbles credited to him & 1 to Favre that was really AD with a hole so big a truck could have driven untouched to the end zone.

    Before Blair Walsh’s collapse Peterson fumbled that game away against the Seahawks. Play b4 the missed kick was a handoff to Peterson. If he just ran off tackle following his block he would have coasted into the endzone. Instead he cut back and was stopped and the rest is history.

    Those are 2 playoff games he lost for the Vikings himself. He’s won many games himself too but if you judge by last year he was awful. His happy feet have been a burden ever since his 2000 yd season.

    At this point it’s better he goes to a new team and gets a fresh start. Or learns to block and catch. That will never happened, he’s vowed to fix that before, just like his fumbling and we all know that result. His rhetoric is just like hearing Matt Khalil is healthy going into this season.

  49. @ phantomgremlin says:
    Mar 7, 2017 9:29 PM
    “trying to get offensive linemen from the bottom of the barrel”

    I don’t follow the Vikings very closely, so how true is that claim?

    Per Spotrac the Vikings had the 3rd most Cap Dollars tied up in their offensive line in 2016…so it’s not like they had “bottom of the barrel” type of guys. They started 10-11 different O-Linemen because of injuries last season.

  50. When you need your daddy talking for you, then you should realize that the train has already left the station. You should just get on your camel and ride off into the sunset.

    – A Viking fan (and not the only one) telling you to get lost

  51. I love all the Patriot fans who talk like a team can just pick up any rb from anywhere and go to the sb. Come talk to the rest of us AFTER Brady retires and you see if you can just trot out anybody and win.

  52. Sorry AD. Wrong side of 30, numerous injuries, and not play a heck of a lot the last couple of years. Plenty of backs out there in the draft that will be hungry to make a name for themselves. Your time has come and gone. Great running back historically but just another running back presently. Take what you can get and ride off into the sunset.

  53. You guys are ALL NUTS!!! Peterson is STILL the BEST Running Back in Football Including Zeke. Washed up? Not a Chance! You haters are too judgmental and know Nothing about Football! He Has 5-8 Years left if he wants. Gonna Rush for 2599 Yards and 36 Touchdowns for someone. Hope it is us! By the way Spare the Rod and SPOIL the Child. He did go overboard though…..

  54. Can’t based “Washed up on 37 Carries! He Lead the Entire NFL in Rushing in 2015! You Clowns did the same thing to Peyton Manning who can STILL PLAY!

  55. Can’t based “Washed up on 37 Carries! He Lead the Entire NFL in Rushing in 2015! You Clowns did the same thing to Peyton Manning who can STILL PLAY!.

  56. whatjusthapped says:
    Mar 8, 2017 5:28 AM
    The truth is, Peterson was never worth $18M even when he was at the top of his game.
    ))))))))))))))))))
    Nobody in Minnesota said he was worth 18 million. That is why he is a free agent now. AD was overpaid because he was their offense pretty much . And the Vikings were not paying a QB $20 million like some teams do. Fabio “the paytaker” Matthews isn’t worth $13 million for his 20 tackles last year but he got it.

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