Adrian Peterson, one of the best running backs of all-time, is now a free agent. Earlier this week, the Vikings declined to pick up Peterson’s 2017 option. It’s was a natural move for Minnesota, as the now aging running back (Peterson will be 32 years old in March) was set to make $18 million this season.
Peterson disagrees that he’s in decline as a player and has no plans to retire. He posted a video yesterday of him working out as a message to doubters and prospective teams that may be inquiring about his services for the coming season.
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Minnesota is the odds-on favorite to retain Peterson. It makes sense, considering the running back has played his entire career there. The reason they didn’t pick up his option is obvious: he was making way too much money for an aging running back.
However, the Vikings haven’t yet ruled out a return. In fact, Minnesota General Manger, Rick Spielman, said he wants Peterson back with the team in 2017. There are plenty of reasons that he may find himself back in Minnesota under a new deal.
With that said, Peterson is eying a Super Bowl title that has eluded him all these years. The Vikings missed the playoffs last season after an excellent start to the year and have one of the worst offensive lines in the league.
He may want to go elsewhere if he’s focused on chasing a title.
Tampa Bay would seem to make sense, although, they may be further away from competing than the Vikings. With Doug Martin suspended for the first four games and possibly on the verge of being cut and Jacquizz Rodgers, a free agent – the Buccaneers may look to sign a veteran.
For the time being, Tampa hasn’t tipped their hand when it comes to their offseason plans at running back. However, they seem to be leaving the door open to keep Doug Martin and could bring back Jacquizz Rodgers.
I don’t think there’s a lot of merit to the Buccaneers and I am not sure why they’re the second-most likely team to sign Peterson, per Bovada’s oddsmakers.
The Giants cut primary runner, Rashad Jennings, last week and are in the market for running back help, either through free agency or the draft. Peterson may seem to make sense on paper, but New York’s brass doesn’t seem to be interested due to their offensive scheme.
The Giants run most of their plays out of the shotgun, a formation that Peterson has not excelled at throughout his career. His passing role has diminished in recent seasons, making the fit even worse for their offense.
Oakland is my favorite bet for a Peterson landing spot, aside from the Vikings. Minnesota has inquired about former Oakland running back, Latavius Murray, in free agency. He’s expected to test the open market and is not likely to return to the Raiders.
Peterson to Oakland makes sense for a number of reasons. The Raiders haven’t been able to find a replacement for Murray. They’re also a team that can certainly contend for a Super Bowl and have one of the NFL’s best offensive lines.
Del Rio is looking for that pounding, between the tackles runner, and Peterson, even at 32 years old, may be an ideal fit.