QAdrian Peterson
RB MIN (6)
3 days ago

Peterson (knee) remains unsigned in part because of his hefty contract demands, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson was reportedly asking for more than $8 million in the first year of a contract, which would be in line with the deals given to top running backs the past few years. Considering he's coming off a major injury and just turned 32 years old, he may have to settle for something closer to the deal Eddie Lacy recently signed with Seattle -- a one-year contract worth up to $5.5 million. There are still some potential fits, namely Oakland and Green Bay, but Peterson will first have to accept that teams aren't going to pay him a premium for what he accomplished in the past. Other teams that may be in the market for an early-down runner include the Lions, Patriots, Buccaneers and Giants.

QAdrian Peterson
RB MIN (6)
1 week ago7 Comments

Peterson (knee, groin) could be a fit with the Packers, Raiders, Giants, Ravens, Buccaneers or Lions, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Of those teams, the Packers and Raiders have the most glaring need for an early-down bruiser, with Eddie Lacy and Latavius Murray, respectively, departing for other locales in free agency. Minnesota's acquisition of Murray ensures Peterson will join a new team, but the future Hall of Famer may need to reduce his contract demands before any franchise seriously considers signing him.

QAdrian Peterson
RB MIN (6)
2 weeks ago1 Comment

Peterson (knee) appears to be on the move after Latavius Murray signed with the Vikings on Thursday morning.

EDGE Analysis

After younger running backs like Eddie Lacy (ankle) landed a one-year pact with the Seahawks and Murray signed a three-year deal with just one season guaranteed (according to Field Yates of ESPN) this offseason, Peterson has found a rather tepid market for his services. The development is surprising, in a sense, due to all that Peterson has accomplished since entering the NFL in 2007: seven 1,000-yard seasons on the ground, one of the seven 2,000-yard campaigns in the history of the league (and an accompanying MVP award in 2012), and 102 total touchdowns (No. 21 all-time) in 123 games. On the other hand, he has a legitimate injury history on the ledger, namely seven games missed in his final collegiate season at Oklahoma in 2006, a season-ending torn ACL and MCL in his left knee in 2011, and a 2016 season in which he made just three appearances due to a torn meniscus in his right knee. When an organization takes a chance on Peterson, it's unclear exactly what type of role he'll take on, but a lead-back role may be withering away as roster construction continues unabated.

QAdrian Peterson
RB MIN (6)
2 weeks ago

Peterson (knee/groin) is scheduled to visit with the Seahawks, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson has mostly been connected with strong Super Bowl contenders, including the Seahawks and Patriots. A return to Minnesota hasn't been ruled out, but there does seem to be some lingering tension between the two sides. Peterson is expected to take his time making a decision, and the Seahawks are also planning to bring in Jamaal Charles and Latavius Murray for visits.

QAdrian Peterson
RB MIN (6)
3 weeks ago

The Boston Herald suggests that Peterson (knee/groin) might consider a club-friendly deal to join the Patriots.

EDGE Analysis

Such a notion remains highly speculative and we suspect that the soon-to-be 32-year-old back will field his share of offers in free agency, in any case. From the Patriots' perspective, the team's approach to the running back position hinges on the future of LeGarrette Blount, who scored 18 TDs for the team this past season. Peterson thus represents an intriguing option for New England in the event that Blount heads elsewhere. Meanwhile, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport indicates that Peterson, who is coming off an injury-shortened 2016 campaign, is unlikely to sign a new contract quickly, with a potential return to Minnesota not out of the question.

QAdrian Peterson
RB MIN (6)
4 weeks ago

Peterson (knee/groin) will not have his 2017 option picked up by the Vikings.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson would have been owed $17.75 million in 2017, a salary hit that the Vikings were not willing to take considering the running back's volatile injury situation. He played only three games in 2016 due to poor health and is 32 years old, which is up there for an NFL running back, especially a physical one like Peterson. There is still a chance he stays in Minnesota by restructuring his contract, but if the two sides are unable to reach an agreement, Peterson will hit the market as an unrestricted free agent Mar. 9. He certainly still holds value as a runner and veteran presence, and will be one of the more spotlighted players in free agency if he enters the pool.

QAdrian Peterson
RB MIN (6)
2 months ago

Peterson (knee/groin) may be forced to take a pay cut to remain with the Vikings next season, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson, who featured in just three games this season due to injuries, is entering the final season of his contract, which would currently see the Vikings owe him $17.75 million on Mar. 12, when his roster bonus and 2017 salary become guaranteed. Given that he only gained 72 yards on 37 carries this season, and will be 32 years old when next season starts, Minnesota is highly unlikely to reward Peterson with that pay day. As a result, Peterson could released and hit free agency, or he could renegotiate his contract by the aforementioned deadline to ensure he remains with the team. The latter option would require the former MVP to take a pay cut, and whether he accepts doing so should ultimately determine his future with the Vikings.

QAdrian Peterson
RB MIN (6)
3 months ago

Peterson (knee/groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Chicago.

EDGE Analysis

This isn't a surprise since he didn't play last week and didn't practice this week. He may have played his last game for Minnesota since the team holds a non-guaranteed $18 million option for him next season.

QAdrian Peterson
RB MIN (6)
3 months ago

Peterson (knee/groin) was held out of practice Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson has mentioned in previous exchanges with the media that he wouldn't play if the Vikings were eliminated from playoff contention, which came to pass with Saturday's loss in Green Bay. Knee and groin injuries combined to keep Peterson on the sideline in that contest, and Wednesday's DNP isn't aiding his quest to (potentially) suit up for the season finale. If he does not, the Vikings will turn to the RB duo of Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata.

QAdrian Peterson
RB MIN (6)
3 months ago

Peterson (knee/groin) has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Packers.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson didn't practice this week after returning to play for the first time since Week 2 last Sunday. With knee and groin problems plaguing him, Peterson won't be available Saturday in Green Bay, and it remains to be seen whether he'll suit up for the Vikings' regular-season finale next weekend. As a result of him being unavailable, Minnesota promoted C.J. Ham from its practice squad, providing another option behind the tandem of Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata.