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It’s Official – Adrian Peterson Is a Free Agent

The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday the team will not exercise the 2017 option on the franchise running back’s contract.

The reason for the split (at least for now) simply comes down to money, and lots of it.

Peterson was due a $6 million bonus on March 11 and another $11.75 million for the 2017 season, along with a $250,000 workout bonus. That adds up for a whopping total of $18 million.

For someone who’s been injured and/or suspended two of the past three seasons, that’s simply too much money to pay, especially for a running back who turns 32 next month.

“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.”

So while it’s still possible Peterson could re-sign with the Vikings for less money, all indications from his camp make it sound like they believe he’s still worth $18 million a season in a league that’s gravitated towards the pass the past several years.

Certainly that’s not what I’m implying with what the Vikings have, as they’ve got both Sam Bradford under center, and a hobbled Teddy Bridgewater on the roster recovering from a horrific knee injury. Who they’ll sign as a backup to Sam this year is still a huge question mark.

Plus there’s the continued struggles with the offensive line, which prevented the Vikings having any sort of legitimate ground game at all last season.

Peterson is, however, Minnesota’s all-time leading rusher with 11,747 yards and 97 touchdowns, so perhaps both he and team can come to an agreement before another team swoops in to sign him.

But as of right now it looks like we may have seen the last of “All Day” in purple.

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