Adrian Peterson's 2017 option not taken up by Minnesota Vikings

The team announced on Tuesday that they were not picking up the option on the contract of Adrian Peterson for next year, making the future Hall of Famer an unrestricted free agent next week. He was also due $18 million next year, which now won't happen. The moves have been interesting, like releasing their leading rusher of last season Rashad Jennings a couple of weeks ago. This afternoon on SportsCenter, ESPN's Ed Werder named the Giants, Texans, Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks among the teams he thinks would be a good fit - though not the Dallas Cowboys, who have been rumored to be eyeing him. "The ball is in the Vikings' court".

Unless Peterson is willing to play for less than a third of his salary past year, he won't be signing with New England.

So what are some likely destinations for Peterson if he doesn't come back for an 11th season with the Vikings?

So. yeah. I don't know why they're listed so high here. I spoke with Rick Spielman this past weekend.

Regardless of what Jerry Reese opts to do, the Vikings' decision to let Peterson walk has opened a door for the Giants. I can see Adrian Peterson, following a similar path. "The only way it won't work out is if the Vikings lowball him".

We asked fans in a poll on Twitter what they'd prefer - 41 percent chose a first-round draft pick as that running back, with 28 percent choosing Peterson, 16 percent choosing a combination of Rodgers and Charles Sims and 15 percent choosing Martin. He said the Vikings, who have had injuries and other problems with the line in recent years, must show they are committed in that area. Isaiah Crowell is a restricted free agent, and the Cleveland Browns placed a second round tender on him, so he is going nowhere. He was sidelined with a torn right meniscus suffered in Week 2 and returned in Week 15 before missing the final two games with knee and groin injuries. Now, with the Vikings not picking up the 2017 option on his contract, Peterson is most likely on his way to a new home. The Falcons have the best and youngest running back duo in the league.

"Peterson added: "[If not], there's a couple teams out there that I've thought about. The Vikings have until March 9, then at that point, Peterson can sign with whomever he wants.

  • Julie Sanders