Rick Spielman confirms Adrian Peterson done with Vikings

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When the Vikings announced the signing of running back Latavius Murray early on Thursday morning, the easy conclusion to draw was that Adrian Peterson wouldn’t be returning to the team on a new deal.

It was also the correct conclusion. General Manager Rick Spielman confirmed as much on Thursday afternoon.

“With us signing Murray, Adrian will move on elsewhere,” Spielman said.

That leaves the big question of where Peterson will be heading now that the door is closed in Minneapolis. He visited with the Seahawks last weekend, but their signing of Eddie Lacy would seem to cross Seattle off the list.

Peterson or others in his camp have mentioned the Buccaneers, Giants, Raiders and Texans as other spots of interest. There haven’t been any reciprocal signs of interest those teams, although Murray’s departure does leave the Raiders without their leading rusher from last season.

75 responses to “Rick Spielman confirms Adrian Peterson done with Vikings

  1. When you haven’t been very good and injured. Plus Your Dad continues to talk trash about the team they usually don’t bring you back.

    Good Luck AP!

  2. He sold the Vikings a lot of tickets and also caused them a lot of headaches. I’m curious to see if that terse statement by Spielman is the sum total of the organization’s farewell or if they do anything a little more visible. Think what you want about him as a person but the numbers he logged up there can’t be overlooked.

  3. Despite his inability to block for pass protect, despite his inability to line up under shotgun, despite his inability to catch a pass, despite 31 other teams knowing what play is coming when he lines up in formation, despite his inability to show up in big games, despite his extreme fumbling issues, despite his insane addiction to his own stats over team wins, despite his dad throwing a team that gave his sons millions under the bus repeatedly, despite it all: he is a child abuser. He never once showed remorse outside of lawyer-released statements. He never seemed to even get that it was a big deal.

    That Ray Rice video was horrible. Can anyone say that watching a video of Peterson stripping down his son, stuffing his mouth with dried leaves, and beating him would be more tolerable than the Rice video?

    People change, and forgiveness is key. Peterson has shown no signs of even acknowledging that what he did might be a little ‘off.’

  4. AP you were a great running back and if you started your career 20 years sooner you probably would go down as the best running back in NFL history but todays game is so much different then that time period. It was fun to watch your physical running but I am ready for you to move on. You will always be a Viking!!! Skol

  5. AP is in for a “are you kidding moment” in the near $ future.
    His best days are behind him but he can still play at a high level however the style of The NFL game has changed unfortunately not in his favor.

  6. At the rake he’s going Zek will likely be suspended at least part of the season maybe the Cowgirls want to give him a 1 year deal? He from TX and he wanted to go there a couple years ago.

  7. Just looking at what the Tampa offense could be, lots of attention will have be on their WRs,so it makes for some running opportunities. Plus you live in FL during the late fall/early winter.

  8. getnakedandrunwild says:
    Mar 16, 2017 5:06 PM
    Queens, you wanted to keep him?? A 32 year old, injury prone rb that wants $18M a year or more?? WoW, just wow!

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    No they did not want to keep him, hence the above story “Adrian Peterson done with Vikings” reading comprehension is not your strong suit. Finish up your juice box and take a nap.

  9. atthemurph says:
    Mar 16, 2017 5:01 PM

    Wasn’t this the guy who was going to lead MN to it’s very first title?
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    Every single year.

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    What is any player supposed to say? I am going to lead this team to a first round playoff exit? Every player should think they can win at the start of the season and do their best to try to do it., For 31 teams each season, it won’t work out that way. But, do you not want players to be confident?

  10. guitarfreak21 says:
    Mar 16, 2017 5:06 PM

    I would love to know how badly ap’s dad ruined his chances for a return.
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    They had decided to move on long before Nelson said anything. His age, fumbles, and inability to fit in the offense were plenty of reasons and they knew it before the season ended.

  11. This is easily the best decision the Vikings have made in years. How the fan base could openly cheer for a child abuser and justify his sorry butt on their roster is beyond me?

    But somehow the Viking’s front management was able to overlook his criminal conviction and even went so far as to give him a raise. But give credit where credit is due, they have finally closed that sad chapter. Now the question becomes, who will fumble away their playoff hopes on the off chance that the Vikings ever get back to the playoffs?

  12. Apparently you meant “2nd” Title. Seems like GB fans (like “Atthemurph” always count all Pre-merger Championships of GreenBay but fail to recognize the other teams that won them.

    Interesting staisticians those Green Bay Fans…

  13. Most have been saying this since 2 weeks before Free Agency even when Rick said they didn’t know their plan yet. AD is a great runner, but his style doesn’t fit the NFL right now. I’m not sure who will take a chance on him, but needs to be in an offense that runs out of the I, while his skills have declined some he is still a freak, just not sure where he fits these days.

  14. Don’t worry AP, Speilman won’t be there a year from now when they get around to putting you in their Ring of Fame or whatever they have. I’ve never seen a team that was on a good track go so far off of it in this short of a period of time without there being some kind of crazy management shakeup or something. Bridgewater got hurt and changed the course of that franchise, and while I think the kid was a good starter who got underrated because he put up the same kind of pedestrian numbers that Norv’s QBs always have, he still wasn’t Aaron Rodgers or Peyton Manning to cause such a shaky response that has doomed them for the foreseeable future.

  15. Glad he was not resigned!! Come on guys and gals, somebody will pay him for a three year deal, he will be able to pay all dos damn mommies he had kids with that are living off his stuiped ass. He will get 15 mil and be able to go forward for a while until he ends up dead broke blowing all his damn money like he has all along, all dos lazy bit…. are not going out to get a darn job anytime soon as long as he bringin in da cash, really sad, but there are worse sports fools than Adrian, many

  16. dayglo80 says:
    Mar 16,a 2017 4:59 PM
    AP you were a great running back and if you started your career 20 years sooner you probably would go down as the best running back in NFL history but todays game is so much different then that time period. It was fun to watch your physical running but I am ready for you to move on. You will always be a Viking!!! Skol

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    Best running back in NFL history?
    As far as I’m concerned, there is only one best running back in NFL history — Jim Brown.
    Gayle Sayers, Walter Payton, O.J. Simpson, Marshall Faulk, Eric Dickerson, Marcus Allen, Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, Bo Jackson, Jim Taylor, Jerome Bettis, Franco Harris, John Riggins, Tony Dorsett, Earl Campbell, Barry Sanders, and Larry Csonka were all as good or even better than Peterson. And I’m naming those guys off the top of my head so I’m, probably leaving someone out.
    And back in 1959, Pete Rozelle (before he was Commissioner) of the Rams traded 7 players and two draft picks for one Chicago Cardinals player — RB Ollie Matson. Matson was one of the greatest RB’s in NFL history and no one remembers him. He played in an era when everyones’ defense was geared toward stopping the run, unlike today.
    Please — Peterson was an excellent RB and one of the best of his era. But let’s not get carried away about how good he was.

  17. I just realized the vikings have THREE playoff wins since 2000. THREE! THREE!

    The freaking patriots have FIVE superbowl wins since 2000!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FIVE!!!!!!!!!!

    In my lifetime, the vikings have had SIX playoff wins total. SIX!!!!!!! I’ve been watching since 1991.

    SIX!

    oh god what have i done!

  18. Minnesota fans (such as myself) thank AP, for all the great seasons, he gave to us.
    I wish him nothing but success, where ever he winds up.
    God Bless AP!
    And Once Again THANKS!

  19. I still remember AP dissing Texas to go to OU because he wanted a chance to win a national title. Texas won that title with Vince Young and AP won nothing at OU.

  20. 2ruefan says:
    Mar 16, 2017 5:35 PM
    Apparently you meant “2nd” Title. Seems like GB fans (like “Atthemurph” always count all Pre-merger Championships of GreenBay but fail to recognize the other teams that won them.
    Interesting staisticians those Green Bay Fans…
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    Keep in mind that in the pre-merger Super Bowl years, the Packers Super Bowl Championships are included in their total championships, not their NFL Championships, or they would have 2 more. Colts fans only remember that they lost to the Jets in ’68 in the Super Bowl, not that they won the equivalent of a conference championship prior to the Super Bowl.

    In the Super Bowl era, the important “title” is the Super Bowl, not the game before, otherwise Falcons fans would be telling us how great their NFC Championship is.

  21. If he could hold onto the ball he would have easily put the Vikings in the Super Bowl but he fumbled the NFC Championship away to the Saints, who still needed the refs help to squeak by. The Vikings were on the 5 yard line and there was a hole so big to the endzone if AP was driving a truck he would not have been touched and he coughed it up. The fumble was statistically put to Favre but it was AD all the way and it was a back breaker.

    Then against the Seahawks he coughed the ball up again leading the Chickens to their only TD. TB still led the Vikings down the field. We all know about Blair Walsh and the kick but what most people watching don’t know but all the players do is that AD doesn’t have an eye for following blocks or holes. Because the play before that if Peterson had just followed his block off tackle he would have waltzed into the endzone. AP played with sheer power and explosiveness and it got him nearly 2100 yds. If he had vision he would have had so many more yds that year.

    Dude can ball no doubt but he is solely to blame for the Vikings not loosing their 5th SuperBowl.

  22. Best of luck in the future AP, thanks for 10 mostly great years. Too bad our GM decided with you here he didn’t need to invest in the OL.

  23. Wouldn’t it be funny if AD signs with GB, leads the league in rushing then wins SB MVP? I’d like that. I’d like it a lot.
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    Yup, most Packer fans can not wait to cheer for AP!

  24. I will always appreciate what AP has done for the Vikings. But I lost all respect for him as a man when he appeared to not care that one of his sons was killed and he stripped another baked and beat him until he bled.

    I for one won’t miss him.

  25. Just got home from work. For most of you nudniks, your welcome. For the 2 biggest out of market GB fans, nyneal and frank booth go f yourselves. neal is clearly retarded and frank just refuses to admit he’s a meat packer fan. sorry, the packers were meat packers for most of their titles.

  26. cribbage12 says:
    Mar 16, 2017 8:31 PM
    Wouldn’t it be funny if AD signs with GB, leads the league in rushing then wins SB MVP? I’d like that. I’d like it a lot.

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    Sorry ain’t going to happen with that defense. “No super bowl for you”
    I would love to see AD sign with the Packers. Hypocrisy at its finest.

  27. No, they weren’t. They were just originally sponsored by a packing company, which closed in 1943. They won 4 NFL Championships and 4 Super Bowls after that.

    Oh, and you don’t have to be a Packer fan to look that up.

  28. Doubt he ends up a Raider. Mark Davis has a zero domestic violence policy. I doubt it makes a difference if its directed at women or children.

  29. Just as a pure runner, Peterson is one of the top 5 RBs of all time. He’s on par with O.J. Simpson. However, he would have been much better off playing in the 60’s and 70’s (Vince Lombardi era). Today’s great RBs need to be great receivers as well. Football aside, it would be tough to bring a guy like that into your building. I can forgive a person for a mistake they made, but Peterson’s treatment of his kids wasn’t a one-time deal.

  30. redsea1111 says:
    Mar 16, 2017 4:59 PM
    despite it all: he is a child abuser. He never once showed remorse outside of lawyer-released statements. He never seemed to even get that it was a big deal.
    That Ray Rice video was horrible. Can anyone say that watching a video of Peterson stripping down his son, stuffing his mouth with dried leaves, and beating him would be more tolerable than the Rice video?
    People change, and forgiveness is key. Peterson has shown no signs of even acknowledging that what he did might be a little ‘off.’
    )))))))))))))))))))))))))
    Turn off BSPN, yes he did acknowledge he went too far.He went and got help with his parenting style. It wasn’t wildely reported so to you. AD isn’t sorry for his actions even when he said he was. And hasn’t tried to change.

  31. Great RB whose time as come. The salary got out of hand. In part because the Vikings never had a QB they were paying $2o million to. I think that overinflated his worth to AD. His dad started babbling about $8-9 million for next year. Get a clue nobody is paying AD $4 million for next year.

  32. Good luck with that… Obviously AP is no longer dominant, but he’s still pretty good. The problem in MIN was the o-line, not RBs.

    Latavius Murray was average despite a great o-line in OAK. Should have just elevated McKinnon and/or a rookie instead.

  33. I was sold on Spielman but Sharrif Floyd, Cordelle Patterson, Christian Ponder, Willie Beavers, now Treadwell???? So normally I would be all for this move but with Speilman’s track record, it could be all wrong.

  34. “Wouldn’t it be funny if AD signs with GB, leads the league in rushing then wins SB MVP? I’d like that. I’d like it a lot.”

    No it would be horrible. I’d rather have no hope like the Vikings than to win it all with him being part of it. He is a human turd. If for some reason GB signs him, it will be extremely difficult – maybe impossible – for me to remain a Packers fan, even though I have been a diehard Packers fan since 1960.

    I’m pretty sure the majority of Packer fans feel the same way. No way Lombardi would have kept the child beater.

  35. nyneal says:
    Mar 16, 2017 5:53 PM
    dayglo80 says:
    Mar 16,a 2017 4:59 PM
    AP you were a great running back and if you started your career 20 years sooner you probably would go down as the best running back in NFL history but todays game is so much different then that time period. It was fun to watch your physical running but I am ready for you to move on. You will always be a Viking!!! Skol

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    Best running back in NFL history?
    As far as I’m concerned, there is only one best running back in NFL history — Jim Brown.
    Gayle Sayers, Walter Payton, O.J. Simpson, Marshall Faulk, Eric Dickerson, Marcus Allen, Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, Bo Jackson, Jim Taylor, Jerome Bettis, Franco Harris, John Riggins, Tony Dorsett, Earl Campbell, Barry Sanders, and Larry Csonka were all as good or even better than Peterson. And I’m naming those guys off the top of my head so I’m, probably leaving someone out.
    And back in 1959, Pete Rozelle (before he was Commissioner) of the Rams traded 7 players and two draft picks for one Chicago Cardinals player — RB Ollie Matson. Matson was one of the greatest RB’s in NFL history and no one remembers him. He played in an era when everyones’ defense was geared toward stopping the run, unlike today.
    Please — Peterson was an excellent RB and one of the best of his era. But let’s not get carried away about how good he was.

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    Wow, you’re old if you can remember watching Jim Brown and Ollie Matson play…..or are you just spouting off names without ever getting to really watch these guys play and then making a judgement as to who is better….

    And I’m not saying AP was the best ever, I’ve seen better RB’s in the last 40 years, but he was pretty damned good.

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