With Tuesday’s statement, Vikings do themselves and Adrian Peterson a favor

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So why did the Vikings announce on Tuesday that they won’t be keeping running back Adrian Peterson? They didn’t have to. They chose to.

The Vikings are not cutting Peterson. The team held an option for 2017, and the team opted not to exercise it. (This means that, if he signs with another team before May 11, his departure will count in Minnesota’s favor under the 2018 compensatory draft-pick formula.)

The deadline, per a source with knowledge of the situation, was the start of the new league year, on Thursday, March 9. By making an announcement now, the Vikings have given Peterson a full and fair opportunity to shop himself during the inevitable tampering period that precedes next week’s legal tampering period, which commences on Tuesday, March 7.

So the Vikings did Peterson a favor. It’s possibly a goodwill gesture as Peterson gauges the market and assesses whether it makes sense to change teams at this stage of his career. Indeed, if Peterson is upset with the Vikings, it won’t be and can’t be a result of the team’s decision to give him a clear path to free agency, given that they could have squatted on him until next Thursday.

The Vikings also did themselves a favor. As coach Mike Zimmer and G.M. Rick Spielman prepare to speak to the media in Indianapolis (they will separately join PFT Live), they won’t be badgered by jerkwads like me about their plans for Peterson.

I guess this jerkwad will need to find something else to badger them about. I’ve got time to come up with something.

42 responses to “With Tuesday’s statement, Vikings do themselves and Adrian Peterson a favor

  1. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Feb 28, 2017 1:13 PM
    I’m just afraid Peterson will have so much time to see what he’s worth that he’ll wind up accepting a low-ball offer from the Vikings.

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    You should be more afraid that you may get back your star QB who averaged fewer than 1 TD per game his last two seasons….

  2. We’re Minnesota, we’ll never get a compensatory pick.

    I won’t boo Peterson for wearing another uniform, as long as it isn’t green and yellow trash.

  3. This advance news that the Vikes won’t be picking up AP’s option is about as surprising as finding a comment from a Packer fan on a Viking article.

  4. I’m just shocked that Spielman didn’t think he was worth $18M per year. After all, he gave him a raise after the child abuse conviction showing how tone-deaf he really is as a GM.

  5. ariani1985 says:
    Feb 28, 2017 1:25 PM
    2 yard Tom will be drooling for his services!!!

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    Great example of jealousy.

  6. ariani1985 says:
    Feb 28, 2017 1:25 PM
    2 yard Tom will be drooling for his services!!!
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    Are you referring to the GOAT?
    No, that can’t be because statistically Brady had the best deep ball last year, so that doesn’t fit you’re narrative at all.

  7. I suspect that $5m is about the ceiling for AP’s services. The real problem for team’s interested in AP is scheme-fit. He runs best with the QB under-center, which makes the play predictable as the Vikings experienced repeatedly.

    A team must have an excellent run-blocking offensive line or AP isn’t going to help them. But then again, if a team has an excellent run-blocking offensive line, a lot of backs could do well.

    Of course a team could ignore all this and sign AP thinking he’s still got gas in the tank and will give them the missing running game they need…

  8. “A team must have an excellent run-blocking offensive line or AP isn’t going to help them. But then again, if a team has an excellent run-blocking offensive line, a lot of backs could do well.”

    Truer words have never been spoken.

    Why on earth would ANY team spend millions on an over-the-hill, injury-prone, fumble-prone, one-dimensional RB?

  9. There’s a better chance that Carl signs with the Vikings than of AD signing again with the Vikings.

  10. I’m just shocked that Spielman didn’t think he was worth $18M per year. After all, he gave him a raise after the child abuse conviction showing how tone-deaf he really is as a GM.
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    At least he aint a child molester like Mark Chmura

  11. At least he aint a child molester like Mark Chmura
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    Yeah, that guy made us all look bad, but after the issue came to light the team cut him. After AP’s abuse came out, MN gave him a raise. Big difference there.

  12. The Vikings are not cutting Peterson. The team held an option for 2017, and the team opted not to exercise it. (This means that, if he signs with another team before May 11, his departure will count in Minnesota’s favor under the 2018 compensatory draft-pick formula.)

    In true AP fashion he will show his version of loyalty and sign with a new team on May 11.

  13. They also do the favor of making “bigger news” the day it was released that their new stadium in the previous migration period was responsible for killing at least 60 birds, and injuring others.

    Everyone knew it was dangerous to the birds, but the they just didn’t care.

  14. Last week when I was explaining that the Vikes could get a compensatory pick for AP signing elsewhere there were two Packer fans who did not know this rule and said I did not know what I was talking about when I explained this rule.

    LOL 🙂

  15. h0metownzero says:

    I wonder if his market value will become inflated by all those participant ribbons.

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    You never know… Some fans buy $250 ‘stock’ in franchises that get participation ribbons.

  16. The Vikings have the sixth-highest regular-season winning percentage in modern NFL history, ahead of teams like the Ravens, Packers, Patriots and Colts.

  17. fmc651 says:
    Feb 28, 2017 4:28 PM
    The Vikings have the sixth-highest regular-season winning percentage in modern NFL history, ahead of teams like the Ravens, Packers, Patriots and Colts
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    That’s what Atta-Boys are for.

  18. Tampering period? I still don’t understand the purpose of “franchising” a player, as no other sport has such a thing. For that matter, roster bonuses that are seemingly rarely paid, and non-guaranteed contracts add to the confusion. The the rules of football players’ contracts and free agency is so much different than other sports that also have salary caps.

  19. fmc651 says:
    Feb 28, 2017 4:28 PM
    The Vikings have the sixth-highest regular-season winning percentage in modern NFL history, ahead of teams like the Ravens, Packers, Patriots and Colts.
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    Those teams also have at least 2 SB wins.

    Congrats on that winning% though.

  20. fmc651 says:
    Feb 28, 2017 4:28 PM
    The Vikings have the sixth-highest regular-season winning percentage in modern NFL history, ahead of teams like the Ravens, Packers, Patriots and Colts.

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    That all depends on where do you draw the line for “modern” NFL history? The Vikings have been around since 1961 and have better winning pct. than the Ravens and Colts, but not as good as the Patriots and Packers.
    It all means nothing anyway. What’s your point?

  21. fmc651 says:
    Feb 28, 2017 4:28 PM
    The Vikings have the sixth-highest regular-season winning percentage in modern NFL history, ahead of teams like the Ravens, Packers, Patriots and Colts.
    ==================================
    Unlike the Ravens, Packers, Patriots, and Colts, who have all won multiple Super Bowls, the Vikings have won zero.

    The Vikings have the most playoff losses for any era, and have the 26th worst playoff win percentage, above only the Bucs, Chargers, Browns, Lions, Chiefs and Bengals.

    Even their HOF Coach, Bud Grant, has a losing playoff record (he’s not Hall-worthy).

  22. packer trolls the only reason I posted the winning percentage is to show how big a trolls you are. Your comments about a terrible losing franchise falls flat when confronted with the facts. They have competed for a championship in every decade of the SB era, unlike some teams in the NFL.

  23. Who here said that the Vikings are, “a terrible, losing franchise”?

    I saw one person say that they are “mediocre”, and someone referenced the Pioneer Press calling Minnesota “Loserville”.

    Stop trying to create straw men.

  24. I’m not sure where people get their NFL statistics from sometimes.

    The modern era of the NFL began in 1960. The Patriots have a winning percentage of .554 since then. Even if you pull out their AFL games, they still have a winning percentage better than the Vikings, who are at .541- but AFL win totals are counted by the NFL. The Vikings are a whole .001 better than the Ravens.

  25. fmc651 says:
    Feb 28, 2017 6:26 PM
    packer trolls the only reason I posted the winning percentage is to show how big a trolls you are. Your comments about a terrible losing franchise falls flat when confronted with the facts. They have competed for a championship in every decade of the SB era, unlike some teams in the NFL.
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    What championship every decade are you refering to?

    The last time the Vikings were in the SB Elvis was still around… and if you don’t mean it a Championship sense, well Cleveland competed for a Championship too last year… they just came up REALY short.

  26. whatjusthapped says:

    I’m just shocked that Spielman didn’t think he was worth $18M per year. After all, he gave him a raise after the child abuse conviction showing how tone-deaf he really is as a GM.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I’m not shocked that you have all the facts wrong again.

    Peterson’s new deal before the 2015 season was actually for less money in total.

    And Peterson was never convicted of anything.

  27. shaggytoodle says:

    What championship every decade are you refering to?

    The last time the Vikings were in the SB Elvis was still around… and if you don’t mean it a Championship sense, well Cleveland competed for a Championship too last year… they just came up REALY short.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I know this is tough for a Packer fan to comprehend, but to be a Championship contender, a team needs to first earn a spot in the playoffs.

    But competing for a Championship would be at a bare minimum playing in a Conference CHAMPIONSHIP game.

    The Vikings did that in 1969, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1987, 1998, 2000 and 2009.

    The Packers went from 1968 – 1994 without ever making it to a CHAMPIONSHIP game. Heck, they went 20 years without making a playoff appearance in a full regulation season.

    They also hold the NFL record for going the most consecutive years (25) without scoring a single TD in the playoffs of a full regulation season.

  28. Shaggy use your head – the Vikings have been in The NFC championship game every decade in the SB era. That is competing for a championship. Unlike some other teams.

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