The future is still uncertain for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson as he starts his road to recovery, though rumors are swirling that the Vikings are looking to renegotiate with Peterson to keep him with the team until he retires.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Vikings consider Peterson as a valued member of the franchise and they hope that it would stay that way. Peterson signed a three-year contract with the Vikings worth $42 million including $20 million guaranteed.
By 2017, the Vikings would owe Peterson $12 million, including $6 million in a roster bonus. After which he would become an unrestricted free agent with the Vikings exercising the salary by the last league day of 2016. The Vikings hope that Peterson would agree to a reconstructed contract that would keep him as a Viking until he retires.
But with the injury he suffered during their match against the Green Bay Packers. Peterson injured his knee when he twisted it as it stuck under the upper leg of Packers Kyler Fackrell. With the play, Peterson left with 3:32 to play in the third quarter.
Peterson underwent a successful surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus however the timetable for his recovery is uncertain. The Vikings are looking at three to six months with Peterson to play at least during Week Eleven.
The Vikings are not rushing Peterson to get healthy, but they would want the 31-year old University of Oklahoma standout to stay with them. The team is hoping that what the two parties managed to agree upon in their last negotiation would have the same outcome when they renegotiate again.
In short, the Vikings have been loyal to Peterson all season long and they hope that it would be reciprocated. However, it is still too early to decide if Peterson would agree to another contract negotiation wherein he would take another cut. What is sure is that he wants to recover fast and get back on the field.
As to whether Peterson will take the pay cut, it will still be a long way to go. If he decides otherwise, the Vikings will cut ties with him and he gets to play for a team with a Super Bowl chance. If he stays, Peterson could be assured that the Vikings will take care of him and his future.
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