The Minnesota Vikings are ruling out re-signing veteran Adrian Peterson. The move not to get back Peterson was a direct result of the team’s signing Latavius Murray earlier this week.
Murray plays at the running back position, also the spot for Peterson, who was cut by the team weeks ago. Murray signed a three-year deal worth $15 million with the Vikings.
Vikings not interested in bringing back Peterson from the start
The Vikings passed on picking up the team option on Peterson which would have paid the veteran running back $18 million for the 2017 NFL Season. The move meant that Minnesota wanted to move on to younger players and start their rebuild without their long-time running back.
Rick Spielman, the general manager for the Vikings stated that he already informed Peterson of the deal with Murray. Spielman admitted in a press conference that Peterson “will have to move on elsewhere.”
Meanwhile, Peterson has already talked with some other NFL teams. According to NFL free agency rumors, Peterson has already met with the Seattle Seahawks and that he is also interested in the Oakland Raiders. However, there has been no contract offer yet for Peterson. It’s likely that NFL teams are scared of Peterson’s injury history that they are not seriously considering giving him a large contract
The Vikings were one of the worst teams in running the football last season. Peterson had limited role and missed games as well due to injuries. Murray should help the Vikings’ running game next season more than what Peterson did last year.
Adrian Peterson next team not known yet
The big NFL free agency question is now Peterson’s next team. The Seahawks interviewed Peterson but they also acquired Eddie Lacy so they could pass on the veteran running back. Peterson’s next destination could be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants or Houston Texans, according to other NFL rumors.
Peterson gave clues early in the 2017 offseason on where he wants to play next. The running back has played for the Vikings his entire NFL career.
“The Giants been making some interesting moves,” Peterson stated via Twitter a month ago before he was released by Minnesota. New York released wide receiver Victor Cruz and running back Rashad Jennings very early in the 2017 offseason. The move opened up roster slots for someone like Peterson.
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