Skip to main content

Adrian after Vikes' decision: 'The door is still open to find some common ground'

The Vikings are not exercising the 2017 contract option on Adrian Peterson, meaning he'll become a free agent.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The Vikings announced today that it won't exercise Adrian Peterson contract option, meaning he'll become a free agent.

“Adrian is an important part of the Minnesota Vikings organization,” Vikings General ManagerRick Spielman said in a statement. “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 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 for a total of $18 million.

It's still possible Peterson could re-sign with the Vikings for less, and Peterson didn't rule out a return in his statement to ESPN's Josina Anderson.

"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. I spoke with Rick Spielman this past weekend. The door is still open to find some 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 and see 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."

A torn meniscus limited Peterson to only two full games last season. According to ESPN's Trey Wingo, Peterson averaged just 2.8 yards per carry and 45 yards per game over his most recent nine games. ESPN's Ed Werder says the Vikings don't believe his sudden decline had more to do with a bad offensive line and injuries than it did a decrease in pure ability.

Next Up

police lights

Las Vegas man identified as victim killed near 38th and Chicago

The 25-year-old died at the scene Sunday afternoon.

unnamed-5

Beloved Eagan Dairy Queen says goodbye

A summer staple has shuttered in Eagan.

Screen Shot 2022-08-16 at 3.44.22 PM (2)

Bridge damage closes westbound Hwy. 62 between Richfield, Edina

The Minnesota Department of Transportation said bridge maintenance work is in progress.

Michael Miller

Charges: Drunk driver killed former chair of Hibbing Chamber of Commerce

Michael Miller's blood-alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit at the time of the crash.

Mystic Lake

Charges: Man attacked Mystic Lake security with 2x4

A chaotic scene unfolded after the man approached the bell stand late Friday.

unnamed

SWAT presence in Eagan neighborhood Tuesday morning

There's a developing story out of Eagan.

Related

Adrian after Vikes' decision: 'The door is still open to find some common ground'

The Vikings are not exercising the 2017 contract option on Adrian Peterson, meaning he'll become a free agent.

Rick Spielman says the Vikings want Adrian Peterson back

They may not be picking up his option, but that doesn't mean the Vikings don't want Adrian Peterson back.

Rick Spielman says the Vikings want Adrian Peterson back

They may not be picking up his option, but that doesn't mean the Vikings don't want Adrian Peterson back.

Adrian Peterson on his future and Teddy Bridgewater's health

Adrian Peterson doubts Teddy Bridgewater will miss the entire 2017 season.

Adrian Peterson on his future and Teddy Bridgewater's health

Adrian Peterson doubts Teddy Bridgewater will miss the entire 2017 season.

Adrian: 'I feel like we're going to be able to work something out'

Adrian Peterson raised hope for a restructured contract with the Vikings during an NFL Network interview.

Adrian: 'I feel like we're going to be able to work something out'

Adrian Peterson raised hope for a restructured contract with the Vikings during an NFL Network interview.

Adrian Peterson still unsigned on his 32nd birthday

Adrian Peterson turns 32 years old today and he's still unsigned.