Adrian Peterson: I will play this year, it’s about the right fit

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Free agent running back Adrian Peterson says he remains unemployed not because he’s asking for too much money, and not because teams aren’t interested, but because he wants to find the right team for him, and that can take time.

Apparently annoyed by an ESPN report that he had turned teams off with an $8 million salary request, Peterson took to Twitter and said it’s not a financial issue.

“You can’t believe everything you read or hear people,” Peterson wrote. “The last thing I’m worried about is playing ball this coming season. That will happen! It’s not all about the money as everyone is speculating here lately. You’d think these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don’t know what’s going on people will say anything to create or make a story!”

Peterson said he’s eager to go to a Super Bowl contender.

“Finding the best fit and helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I’m in no rush,” Peterson wrote.

When that will happen remains to be seen, but Peterson’s comments suggest that he’d be fine with waiting until training camps open before he finds the right team. He’s committed to playing, but he’s not committed to finding his team right away.

63 responses to “Adrian Peterson: I will play this year, it’s about the right fit

  1. Peterson said he’s eager to go to a Super Bowl contender.

    Which explains why he won’t resign with Minnesota.

  2. Well… it’s true he’s in no… RUSH… with no team!

    I hope he plays, but reality is reality and time is time.

    He will not get the plethora of choices in which to ‘fit’.

  3. If it’s about “the fit” I guess he won’t be going to any teams where the running back is a poor receiver because you need that receiving threat from the running back position-the man ALWAYS comes out in third down passing situations.

  4. Based on his performance recently I dont know if Peterson is capable of helping a team win a championship. A guy averaging less than 4 yards a carry isnt the missing piece for any team. His best bet is to sign with the Packers. That way he can stick it to Rick Spielman for a year and the cheeseheads are likely going to the playoffs whether Adrian signs with them or not.

  5. He hasn’t come out to say one thing since becoming a free agent (but his father sure has). Now, when most of the decent free agent RB’s have been snapped up and he’s still waiting he says this. Sorry AP, as a Vikings fan and a fan of yours who wishes you were still with the Vikings, I’m just not buying it. The few contenders who were looking for RB’s have signed players and left you on the bench. Only one team even had you in for a visit and they went and signed Lacy right after. That says a lot to the fans and the rest of the league. Now you are trying to make it look like it was you who didn’t want them just to save face. No one is buying it.

  6. I think one man here is a closet Viking fan. He lives for every article so he can make comments about the team he truly loves. I’ve treated sickness like this before, but not to this degree.

    A little time away from beer and brats and he will begin to come to his senses. Poor sick soul…

  7. It is hard for some great players to accept that they are not what they were. Any team spending over $5M on Peterson is not smart with the talent available in the Draft and other experienced free agents available.

  8. Seriously disappointed that the Barneys have finally moved on from Peterson.
    These two, as well as their bitter, delusional fans, honestly deserve each other.

  9. The right fit to Adrian means somewhere that embraces child beaters. That means he will re-sign with Minnesota with an incentive-laden contract.

  10. My spider sense tells me he could actually end up in Green Bay. I was listening to LeRoy Butler on the radio yesterday and his take made a lot of sense. There’s only a handful of legitimate SuperBowl contenders, and the Packers could use an experienced veteran instead of a TBD rookie and the unknowns that come with him. Similar money could make it happen.

    Remember when Favre joined the Vikings and he threw an unbelievable pass to beat San Francisco? All the wrinkle-nosed haters embraced him after that. The same could happen with Peterson in Green Bay, but the money would have to be right.

  11. He’s 100% right, it needs to be the right fit, and RBs that are over 30 with injuries mounting and an 8 million dollar price tag won’t fit anywhere.

  12. So two weeks ago: “Why won’t anyone even bring me in for a visit?” Now: “I’m in now rush.” Two weeks from now: “What the best sports bar to watch games in?”

  13. 2 years 4 million with incentives that can go up to 6 million . Who’s the team ? Top 3 are Ravens , Steelers or Patriots .

  14. He wants to go to a Superbowl contender. While in Minnesota he was on two teams that had a shot. But when the spotlight got big on him. He fumbles. Why would any team put those misgivings on their current team?

  15. You will not play for 8 million a year as the market is just not there for used up running backs.

  16. No problem. He should fit right into his sofa this season. Dude got rich and spoiled big time by the Vikes. He doesn’t bring enough to the table at this point to make demands.

  17. I’m really surprised he didn’t sign with the Seahawks. Pete Carroll has no morals, so he’d fit right in with him.

  18. There probably isn’t a much bigger AP fan than me, but this is a sad situation. The great AP is not what he once was, injuries have been plaguing him for 3 years. Sure some of the issue was OL in MN, but he did not adapt to the Vikings offense. He doesn’t do well in the shotgun, he has never been more than adequate at blitz pickup, he does not have good hands and when he is on the field teams stack the line because they either run the ball, or play offense with 10 men.

    In training camp last year he made a jump cut that faked two players out of their shoes and he shot to the outside. My jaw was on the floor. Problem is, that only happens once or twice in training camp and not in games anymore. Sorry to see him go, he was the best in football for 4-5 years. Time to retire.

  19. chils protective services, and pigs, in each city that he may sign, need to get ready for the chance that they may need to mobilize, and rescue his kid.

    he is costing a lot of tax dollars, and he isn’t even employed yet.

  20. Take 2 MIL AP and go get you a ring. No more workhorse backs in the league. You want be asked to carry a offense anymore. Give him 10-15 touches a game both sides win.

  21. AP is right. He will play this season but it will be for $2-3 million or a team friendly incentive deal. Once he realizes that he will find a team. Maybe the Patriots, Packers, Raiders, or Ravens.

  22. gopackgocausecowboysblow says:
    Mar 25, 2017 10:06 AM
    Peterson said he’s eager to go to a Super Bowl contender.

    Which explains why he won’t resign with Minnesota.

    ****

    He won’t resign with Minnesota because the Vikings don’t want him anymore.

    I swear, twelve-year-old Packers stockholders shouldn’t drop out of elementary school.

  23. fmc651 says:
    It will be fun to watch the packer fans change their tune once he signed with the packers.

    You mean the same way Vikings fans did when their team signed Darren Sharper, and Brett Favre, and Datone Jones, and Ryan Longwell, and Robert Furgeson? I could go on, but you get the point.
    Most fans hate other teams and players because those teams or players are the competition, or rivals, and have probably gotten the best of them at some point.
    If Adrian Peterson went to the Packers and helped them win they’d embrace him in a heartbeat — the same way Vikings fans have long embraced Brett Favre and all those other former Packers who helped them (finally) start winning.

  24. There’s likely a bit of fire underlying all this smoke, as the ESPN scribes are fairly well connected to NFL GMs. Heck, the Vikes would have taken him back had his demands been reasonable. Even factoring in his lack of pass protection/catching skill and the difficulty working out of the shotgun, he may have something left in the tank; however, that meniscus tear was a major one and is prone to re-injury.

  25. ariani1985 says:
    That was funny the first time i got to admit, but the 10 time? Maybe try it under you 5th account?
    —-
    So now it’s come to this? The Man With 1,000 Accounts is accusing someone else of masquerading as multiple posters? Sigh. I guess trolling just ain’t what it used to be. Now back in my day . . .

  26. cheeseisfattening says:
    Mar 25, 2017 12:39 PM
    The right fit for Eddie Lacy was out of Green Bay and away from fat shamer Mike McCarthy.
    //////////////////////////////////////

    That is about as black a pot could possibly call a kettle.

  27. AD, nobody is knocking your door down. There is no right fit because there is not fit. Have fun this season with your bros in a barbershop somewhere in Oklahoma.

  28. t’s not gold…..it’s yellow says:
    Mar 25, 2017 5:01 PM

    ……

    I swear, twelve-year-old Packers stockholders shouldn’t drop out of elementary school.

    Not a stockholder, but a dedicated Packer Fan, who happens to have a masters degree. Care to try again?

  29. emoney826 says:
    Mar 25, 2017 11:24 PM

    Funny how Viking fans always defended this guy but now that he’s a free agent, they critique every bad thing he did.

    )))))))))))

    No you don’t. Viking fans have always had the ability to critique a current player. They have done so throughout its history. You packer fans are the ones as soon as they no longer play for the packers come out of the woodwork ripping the guy. Just wait. No word on Fabio’s lack of ability. You paid him$13 million for 20 tackles last year. No one says a word. when they dump him it will come out, roids, always hurt, no tackles, not enough sacks now. Look into the mirror. You have Viking fans here saying he is a HOF rb don’t forget that.

  30. thisoneguy1 says:
    Mar 25, 2017 5:55 PM

    fmc651 says:
    It will be fun to watch the packer fans change their tune once he signed with the packers.

    You mean the same way Vikings fans did when their team signed Darren Sharper, and Brett Favre, and Datone Jones, and Ryan Longwell, and Robert Furgeson? I could go on,
    ))))))))))))))))
    Robert who? Actually you should have stopped. You are just saying what everyone already knew. Only packer fans act like they are different. When they are no so much. You agree if he plays on your team you will embrace him. At least you did that much. Because he would be more helpful than a WR at RB who in the playoffs had 64 yards no TD’s in two games.

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