Adrian Peterson hits the NFL free agency market as Vikings decline $18 million option
The Minnesota Vikings will let Adrian Peterson test the free agent market, announcing Tuesday that they will not pick up the option on his contract for the upcoming season. However, the running back said that the door is still open to find some common ground with the team.
Adrian is an important part of the Minnesota Vikings organization, General Manager Rick Spielman said in a statement issued by the team. 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.
Peterson has said that he would like to stay in Minnesota, but told ESPN that he would consider the Houston Texans, New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers if he became a free agent. His availability creates instant conversation in other places, like Dallas, where the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would like to pair him with Ezekiel Elliott.
If Adrian Peterson was free, source said #Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would pursue him to pair with Zeke Elliott. He’ll be free on 3/9
The league declined to comment on any communications between Al Riveron, the NFL’s senior vice president of officiating, and the Redskins after the game about the call.
The call pushed the Redskins out of field-goal range on their final drive of the fourth quarter and resulted in a 10-second runoff, a combination that doomed a last-ditch effort to win in regulation. They lost, 34-31, in overtime after leading 31-16 in the fourth quarter.
A judgment call such as that is not subject to instant replay scrutiny during a game and cannot be reversed, under the NFL’s rules governing the use of replay. But officials are graded and judged by the league on the accuracy of the calls they make and future assignments can be affected.