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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.

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63 Responses to “Adrian Peterson: I will play this year, it’s about the right fit”
  1. h0metownzero says: Mar 25, 2017 9:54 AM

    No matter where he goes, the Vikings will always be like family to Adrian Peterson.

    .

    .

    Because they’re so easy to beat.

  2. 250dollarnflowner says: Mar 25, 2017 10:01 AM

    fake news!

  3. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 25, 2017 10:04 AM

    It’s got to be an exciting time for him after spending his entire career in Loserville.

  4. 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.

  5. slimglynn says: Mar 25, 2017 10:07 AM

    If he can play defense, Dallas could use him.

  6. codythao35 says: Mar 25, 2017 10:08 AM

    More like you help the contender to be uncontested due to your fumbling issue through out your career.

  7. theringisthething says: Mar 25, 2017 10:09 AM

    It is about money if he’s thinking about breaking the bank. I would rather draft a rookie than pay him even half of what he thinks he’s worth.

  8. polegojim says: Mar 25, 2017 10:10 AM

    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’.

  9. sterling7 says: Mar 25, 2017 10:10 AM

    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.

  10. therealraider says: Mar 25, 2017 10:11 AM

    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.

  11. upnorthvikesfan says: Mar 25, 2017 10:12 AM

    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.

  12. wtfru2 says: Mar 25, 2017 10:17 AM

    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…

  13. pastabelly says: Mar 25, 2017 10:18 AM

    whenever a pro athlete says it’s not about the money, it usually is. he’ll find a fit as soon as the contract fits his demands.

  14. footballisnotthatimportant says: Mar 25, 2017 10:29 AM

    8 million?

    Better be ready to accept the veteran minimum, my dude. If you’re lucky.

  15. packerfanallday says: Mar 25, 2017 10:32 AM

    Come to the Packers! Then win the SB on Vikings’ home field!

  16. ronnielottsfinger says: Mar 25, 2017 10:33 AM

    O lord, not concerned about money and wants to win a championship. Setting up for another coup for Belichick & Co. It just ain’t fair.

  17. thejetssuck2001 says: Mar 25, 2017 10:35 AM

    hes gonna be on the colts i think.

  18. cribbage12 says: Mar 25, 2017 10:36 AM

    When they say it’s not about the money, it’s usually about the money.

  19. cgallaway says: Mar 25, 2017 10:37 AM

    Hometownzero….I feel bad that I laughed at that. And I am a Viking fan.

  20. ariani1985 says: Mar 25, 2017 10:40 AM

    Hometownloser,

    That was funny the first time i got to admit, but the 10 time? Maybe try it under you 5th account?

  21. uglydingo says: Mar 25, 2017 10:40 AM

    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.

  22. johny101010 says: Mar 25, 2017 10:47 AM

    I’d give AP 8 Mill/year. Base salary 1M, Bonus for dressing in every game 2M, finishing in the top 5 RBs in yards, ypc and TDs.

  23. wafflestomp says: Mar 25, 2017 10:48 AM

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

  24. f1restarter says: Mar 25, 2017 10:54 AM

    He’s as delusional as a typical Viking fan.

  25. sdsmooth says: Mar 25, 2017 11:01 AM

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

  26. stellarperformance says: Mar 25, 2017 11:13 AM

    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.

  27. shaggytoodle says: Mar 25, 2017 11:19 AM

    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.

  28. beerbratscheese says: Mar 25, 2017 11:31 AM

    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?”

  29. steeltownpride says: Mar 25, 2017 11:33 AM

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

  30. eddiea25 says: Mar 25, 2017 11:54 AM

    Adrian, you had your day in the sun, it’s grab what you can ,and be happy. When you’re needy, don’t get greedy.

  31. dcspeedway says: Mar 25, 2017 11:55 AM

    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?

  32. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 25, 2017 12:00 PM

    I don’t think Peterson plays defense, so green bay is not an option for a championship.

  33. dawoger says: Mar 25, 2017 12:15 PM

    5 years from now when ap is playing for a prison league, he’ll be holding out for more Twinkies and rubbers.

  34. wib22 says: Mar 25, 2017 12:16 PM

    He should join the new england patriots*****

  35. streetyson says: Mar 25, 2017 12:18 PM

    It will depend on whether he still has the whip hand in negotiations.

  36. motsuret06 says: Mar 25, 2017 12:25 PM

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

  37. 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.

  38. mojodoa says: Mar 25, 2017 12:42 PM

    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.

  39. simplec72 says: Mar 25, 2017 12:49 PM

    Who wants him for any price? After the draft there will be even less of a market for his services.

  40. xtydiriumx says: Mar 25, 2017 1:08 PM

    Off to Cleveland it is then!

  41. Robert says: Mar 25, 2017 1:19 PM

    1. Texans

    2. Broncos

  42. vavikingfan says: Mar 25, 2017 1:29 PM

    The right fit means anyone that will sign him.

  43. nyneal says: Mar 25, 2017 2:10 PM

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

  44. mnfaninil says: Mar 25, 2017 2:11 PM

    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.

  45. jackedupboonie says: Mar 25, 2017 2:36 PM

    That’s right….he’s looking for the right fit. He’s going on visits with empty suitcases and teams are offering fanny packs full of money.

  46. breadmeatcheese says: Mar 25, 2017 2:37 PM

    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.

  47. truesteelblue says: Mar 25, 2017 2:48 PM

    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.

  48. sychosam28 says: Mar 25, 2017 3:42 PM

    More like the right money, which he isn’t going to get.

  49. dragonfly99 says: Mar 25, 2017 3:45 PM

    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.

  50. fmc651 says: Mar 25, 2017 4:01 PM

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

  51. it's not gold.....it's yellow says: Mar 25, 2017 5:01 PM

    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.

  52. 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, 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.

  53. purpleguy says: Mar 25, 2017 6:45 PM

    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.

  54. thisoneguy1 says: Mar 25, 2017 8:01 PM

    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 . . .

  55. breadmeatcheese says: Mar 25, 2017 8:22 PM

    the “right fit” would be Sudan, where genital mutilation of children is legal.

  56. stellarperformance says: Mar 25, 2017 10:25 PM

    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.

  57. babygaga19 says: Mar 25, 2017 10:53 PM

    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.

  58. 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.

  59. gopackgocausecowboysblow says: Mar 26, 2017 6:46 PM

    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?

  60. fmc651 says: Mar 27, 2017 9:41 AM

    green bay is the right fit. Ask Aaron.

  61. fmc651 says: Mar 27, 2017 9:46 AM

    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.

  62. fmc651 says: Mar 27, 2017 9:53 AM

    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.

  63. rickytheviking says: Mar 27, 2017 5:08 PM

    I enjoyed watching you play in Minnesota but

    Buh Bye

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