As expected the Minnesota Vikings declined to pick up Adrian Peterson’s $18 million option for 2017.

Peterson and General Manager Rick Spielman did not rule out a potential return though.



“Adrian is an important part of the Minnesota Vikings organization,” said Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman. “We will continue to have conversations with his representatives and leave our future options open while determining what is best for both parties moving forward.” (Vikings.com)

ESPN’s Josina Anderson released Peterson’s statement to her.

Statement to me from Adrian Peterson: “It’s been a great 10 years with the Minnesota Vikings. They know what I bring to the organization as a player, with my work ethic and dedication. I spoke with Rick Spielman this past weekend. The door is still open to find some common ground. I understand addressing the offensive line is one of their main priorities this offseason. In the meantime, I will explore my other options and see what path God leads me on. My main goal remains the same: to win a Super Bowl championship with a great team, which I also believe we have in Minnesota.”

There is clearly plenty of mutual respect between Peterson and the Vikings. Both would like for him to finish his career, but at the same time both understand that it is a business.

Earlier this month, Peterson told NFL Network that he would like to return.

“I’ve been there for 10 years plus. You think about all the relationships you build there, with the organization, with teammates. That’s what you hate to depart from the most.” (NFL.com)

Peterson has said many times that he would like to return, but did say on ESPN’s First Take last week that if that does not happen, the teams he would be interested in are the Tampa Buccaneers, Houston Texans and New York Giants.

At this point, $5-$6 million a year is an acceptable number for Peterson. Anything more than that would be too much. Very rarely do we see players play their entire career for one team, which would make Peterson finishing his career with the Vikings and possibly winning a Super Bowl with them a very nice story, but again it is a business and may not happen.

As Spielman said last week, Peterson will always be a Viking. He spent 10 years here and even if he goes to another team, his best moments came with the Vikings.

Wherever he plays in 2017, Peterson may be looking at this upcoming as perhaps the biggest of his career. You can bet he really wants to prove that he can still be a great player.

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