Minnesota Vikings have opted out of Adrian Peterson’s contract which will make him a free agent for the first time in his career.
Before Peterson, also known as “All Day,” could get to the final year of his contract that would have paid him $18 million the organization decided to let him go Tuesday, February 28. Vikings former seventh overall pick in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft played 123 games for the purple and gold and led the NFL in rushing for three years. The 10-year veteran will become a free agent March 9.
“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,” Peterson said of his release. “The door is still open to find 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.”
Earlier this offseason Peterson expressed interests in joining the New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Houston Texans. In the past Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he’d welcome bringing in Peterson before the 2015 season.
With Peterson hitting the free agent market there’s still a possibility he and the Vikings could agree to terms at a reduced rate. If Peterson returns to Minnesota he and the Vikings could team up to do the one thing Peterson has yet to do, win a Super Bowl for Minneapolis. However, if he tests his others options in free agency Peterson, who is eyeing Super Bowl contenders, can win a Super Bowl in Minneapolis at US Bank Stadium, the host site for Super Bowl LII.
“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,” Peterson said.
He holds the team’s career rushing marks for rushing yards (11,747) and rushing touchdowns (97). The seven time Pro Bowler also ran for the most yards in a single game (296) in 2007, the same season he won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, and the second most rushing yards in a single season (2,097) in 2012, the year he was honored NFL MVP.
By Gino Terrell