AP gonna be a free agent March 9th
The Vikings will not exercise the 2017 option on RB Adrian Peterson's contract. Peterson will become an unrestricted free agent on March 9. pic.twitter.com/eHtnNqKcin
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) February 28, 2017
The Vikings are doing what they should do and letting Adrian Peterson walk. The team isn’t going to exercise the option on him this year.
“Adrian is an important part of the Minnesota Vikings organization,” Vikings GM Rick Spielman said . “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.”
If the team would have picked up the option to the tune of $18 mil cap hit in 2017. It would have made AP the most expensive running back in the NFL.
Peterson has been ridiculous in his whole career but with his injuries in the last two years there was just no way they would resign. Plus the rebuilding Vikings need to put the money in another direction. The writing was on the wall for AP saying in an interview last January that he wanted to stay with the team but knew it was a business at the end of the day.
I’m 100% sure that he will be picked up very soon after the free agent period begins. I would bet that he will be like a college recruit visiting a bunch of teams. I’m sure his phone is already ringing. Fine with me because he always tore up the Bears so lets get him out of the division.