Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Minnesota Vikings confirmed Thursday that they will not be resigning running back Adrian Peterson. Minnesota General Manager Rick Spielman declined to exercise the option in Peterson’s contract for this coming season and recently signed former Oakland Raiders rusher Latavius Murray. There previously was no word if the Vikings would attempt to resign Peterson in free agency.
Adrian has had seven 1,000 yard rushing seasons in nine years. The past few seasons have been riddled with injuries but his 2012 season with 2,097 yards, 2nd most in NFL history, is not to be forgotten. A big question for Peterson is also his age, he turns 32 March 21.
Of the eligible landing spots, reports have listed the Packers, Giants, Buccaneers, Raiders and Texans. Adrian already made a visit to Seattle, but former Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy signed and seemingly took his spot. The next stop for Peterson is now uncertain.
The Texans do have cap space, but the biggest problem with the offense is not in the run game. The most obvious necessity is the quarterback position, which could make it more difficult to bring Peterson in. Current Texans rusher Lamar Miller had his second career 1,000 yard season in 2016 and is also in year two, of four, of a $26 million contract.
This is not to write off the Texans as a possibility for Adrian Peterson, his offseason home is in the Woodlands, a Houston suburb. Also, his injury and age questions could leave him to take a serious pay cut. Not to mention if the Texans can’t make their quarterback move, a more superior rushing attack could take some of the pressure off a rookie or inexperienced QB1.
Derek Fogel, reporter/host, @FogelSaidWhat