Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Vikes release AD

It's nothing personal, it's just business:
The Vikings have decided to let former MVP Adrian Peterson go.

The team announced they were not picking up the option on his contract for next year, making the veteran running back an unrestricted free agent next week.

“Adrian is an important part of the Minnesota Vikings organization,” Vikings General Manager Rick 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.”
It's the right call. That being said, I hope they're able to work something out to bring him back less expensively so AD can retire as a Viking. Fortunately, All-Day is handling it well.
"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."



Anonymous VFM #6306 February 28, 2017 12:53 PM  

Damn. And Amen.

Skol! And much gratitude to AD for a decade's worth of purple superhero Sunday afternoon cartoons. The comeback alone was an ultimate sports joy.

Anonymous Clay February 28, 2017 12:54 PM  

Let me guess...the Jets will give up a first round pick for him.

Mebbe Detroit.

Blogger Otto Lamp February 28, 2017 1:08 PM  

It is a QB driven league.

As good as AD was, he never made Minnesota dominant.

Blogger Otto Lamp February 28, 2017 1:08 PM  

It is a QB driven league.

As good as AD was, he never made Minnesota dominant.

Blogger Lazarus February 28, 2017 1:10 PM  

Ian Rapoport‏Verified account @RapSheet 8m8 minutes ago

If Adrian Peterson was free, source said #Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would pursue him to pair with Zeke Elliott. He'll be free on 3/9 ������

Maybe he could get a ring.

Blogger Azimus February 28, 2017 1:17 PM  

It's the right call.

It's the honorable thing to do. You know, like seppuku.

Blogger Azimus February 28, 2017 1:21 PM  

If I were a Vikes fan, before I said it was the right call, I would ask "what will they spend the money on instead?" I hope they have a plan. The Vikings haven't been the same since 1998 - I'm assuming this leaves a pretty good sized gap in the salary cap - maybe they can fill it with 1-2 elite veterans and 2-3 great prospects and build the team you guys have been waiting for for 19 years...

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 28, 2017 1:26 PM  

As a Packers fan my worst nightmare is that the Vikes pick up Jay Cutler, ZOMG NO not that.

Anonymous Roundtine February 28, 2017 1:26 PM  

You will get to see AD run for a touchdown in the Super Bowl next year when the Pats repeat.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 28, 2017 1:27 PM  

FTR Jay Cutler when eligible will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame and be placed next to the bust of Dave Wannstedt.

Anonymous Clay The Swamp Spartan February 28, 2017 1:35 PM  

Now, I'm thinking Cousins might be the way they go. AD might like it in Washington colors.

Blogger YIH February 28, 2017 2:05 PM  

I'm not surprised either, he's not getting any younger and like it or not, his durability is a major question mark (2 out the last 3 seasons MIA). He's not really a #1 back anymore. His replacement is going to be a priority in the draft (hopefully a decent one will still around for round 2).
Maybe they can keep him on for less money but more than likely some team will consider him that one season missing piece of the puzzle.

Anonymous p-dawg February 28, 2017 2:49 PM  

@MrMantraMan It's strange that your worst nightmare is my fondest dream. (I'm a Bears fan, so it would be GREAT for me.)

Blogger beerme February 28, 2017 3:00 PM  

If the Vikings don't take the extra money and use it to upgrade the offensive line, they are nuts. There isn't a point to paying big money for any QB/RB/WR if your line is miserable.

Anonymous JAG February 28, 2017 3:20 PM  

AD isn't going to Dallas. For one thing, they have the best rookie RB since Petersen himself. The Cowboys are also in the worst position cap wise of any team in the league. They will have to get creative just to fill out the final 53 without signing any big names. Jones is just blowing smoke up everyone's ass including his own.

Blogger Azimus February 28, 2017 3:25 PM  

The Pack need a RB... reverse Favre....

Anonymous Eduardo the Magnificent February 28, 2017 3:56 PM  

Father Time is undefeated. AD is still a good back, but his body cannot handle 350-400 carries anymore. He needs to go somewhere and be a complimentary back, or a tandem like Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams were for Carolina. He'll never be a thousand-yarder again, but he can churn out 750-800 yards for the next 5 or 6 seasons if he chooses his teams smartly and doesn't demand long-term deals.

Anonymous Anonymous February 28, 2017 4:26 PM  

I think they'll bring him back at a reduced rate.

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian February 28, 2017 4:32 PM  

More important than AP/AD:

Audubon Society says glassy new Vikings stadium will needlessly kill birds!

Blogger Nate February 28, 2017 4:36 PM  

I submit... the best thing on the internet today:

Anonymous RA February 28, 2017 4:43 PM  

A few one season rentals in his future. Given his recent injury history, he can't be called durable, let alone a legit #1 back. So one season guaranteed, that's it, future years if any should be team option. But dang, he was great back in the day.

Anonymous RA February 28, 2017 4:46 PM  

@19 I've seen that stadium from the outside. Just an ugly monstrosity, whose idea was it? Lambeau Field looks a lot better.

Anonymous WaterBoy February 28, 2017 5:23 PM  

Vox: "That being said, I hope they're able to work something out to bring him back less expensively so AD can retire as a Viking."

They probably will, albeit not necessarily this season. As others have already stated, he'll most likely have a few one-offs, then re-sign with the Vikings for a finale...if he isn't irreparably injured by then.

But Ring of Honor and Hall of Fame are both in his future.

Anonymous Clay The Swamp Spartan February 28, 2017 5:28 PM  

Well, I'm still thinking the Redskins want to get rid of Cousins.

Why, I'm not sure. In my opinion, the Vikes could surely use Cousins. He's not a bad QB, and can throw the ball a ton.

The 'Skins take AD, the Viqueens get Cousins, and a first or second round high draft pick.

Anonymous Clay The Swamp Spartan February 28, 2017 5:36 PM  

Yeah, I know that might sound crazy now....but, I've seen crazier things happen.

Anonymous rienzi February 28, 2017 5:48 PM  

Good, now the great AD can fumble during a critical drive and ruin some other team's season.

Skoal Vikes!

Blogger SemiSpook37 February 28, 2017 7:54 PM  


Uh, the Skins just put the exclusive franchise tag on Cousins. He's been halfway decent for them, but part of me thinks Snyder's just being a cheap bastard to keep using the franchise tag instead of giving Cousins a long term deal. But then again, what else is new here?

Blogger Cail Corishev February 28, 2017 8:33 PM  

Well, I'm still thinking the Redskins want to get rid of Cousins.

Why, I'm not sure.

RGIII. Snyder fell in love with his mobile black QB (they were hanging out socially like pals), and then it turned out the guy couldn't actually play the position once defenses had a year to figure him out. The coaches had to resort to a public near-mutiny two years ago, basically refusing to play him anymore. So Snyder resents Cousins for being the chosen's replacement. On top of that, Cousins is a boring, kinda geeky white guy, so a significant chunk of their fan base still thinks Griffin never got a fair chance because raciss. On top of that, Cousins was a 4th-round pick, and first impressions can be hard to overcome.

It's not even saving Snyder any money. They're going to pay Cousins $43M for last year and this year, and the tag is hard on the salary cap. They probably could have had him for 4-5 years for that much if they'd signed him long-term two years ago, instead of insisting that he go through a two-year tryout. He'll be gone next year unless they want to tag him a third time for something like $33M, and then he'll be gone for sure after that.

Anonymous Clay The Swamp Spartan February 28, 2017 9:20 PM  

Well, who do the Vikes have? Bradford? Bridgewater?..They could also trade either one to make room for Cousins.

SemiSpook37, Are you saying they can't trade Cousins now?

I get a bit confused with those machinations, sometimes.

Blogger Cail Corishev February 28, 2017 10:24 PM  

The franchise tag doesn't mean they can't trade Cousins, but it's tricky, because the exclusive tag means Cousins himself can't negotiate with other teams at all. So a team would have to come to a trade agreement with the Redskins, and then negotiate a contract with Cousins. They'd basically be trusting that they could work something out with him, and he'd have all the power. That's why it's very rare for an exclusive-tagged player to be traded.

Blogger JP February 28, 2017 10:24 PM  

I've never really been a football fan. I think it's because I grew up in Minnesota. Maybe this time we'll finally win the Superbowl!

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