Minnesota Vikings decline option on all-time leading rusher Adrian Peterson

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Adrian Peterson, Minnesotas all-time leading rusher, will be an unrestricted free agent when the market opens next week

Adrian Peterson, Minnesotas all-time leading rusher, will be an unrestricted free agent when the market opens next week.

As expected, the Vikings declined to exercise their option for next season on Petersons contract. Peterson was scheduled to make $18m in 2017, what would have been an unwieldly hit to their salary cap.

Its been a great 10 years with the Minnesota Vikings, Peterson said in a statement to ESPN. They know what I bring to the organization as a player, with my work ethic and dedication. I spoke with [Vikings GM] 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.

Spielman says the team will continue to have conversations with Petersons representatives about the potential of re-signing the soon-to-be 32-year-old Peterson. He has played 10 seasons with the Vikings, who drafted him seventh overall out of Oklahoma in 2007.

He is coming off a meniscus tear in his right knee that limited him to 72 yards on 37 carries over parts of three games. However, when free of injuries and a suspension over domestic violence Peterson has been one of the most devastating rushers in NFL history. He was the leagues MVP in 2012 after he rushed for 2,097 yards and led the league in rushing in two other seasons. He is a seven-time Pro Bowler and is 16th all-time among NFL rushers with 11,747 yards.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/feb/28/minnesota-vikings-decline-option-adrian-peterson-nfl