Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) looks on during overtime against the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Adrian Peterson And The Vikings To Part Ways Soon?

The sports media has gone wild lately with reports that the Vikings will be looking to get rid of star running back Adrian Peterson soon.  While there could be some validity to this story, personally, I’m just not buying it.

Here is their evidence:

The Vikings are looking for ways to part with superstar runner Adrian Peterson sooner rather than later. Peterson is 29 and when backs hit 30, their production usually drops off precipitously. Backs age in dog years, and despite Peterson’s adamantium bone structure, he isn’t impervious to aging.

“My personal opinion,” said one AFC general manager, “is this (coming) season will be Peterson’s last with the Vikings. Despite the cap hit, they’ll make some sort of move to get him off the roster.”    

Craig correctly points out that the Vikings could restructure, rather than outright releasing Peterson, but it gets easier as the years tick past to sever ties strictly for financial reasons.

  • Oct 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) celebrates his touchdown run against the Green Bay Packers in the second quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

    Oct 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) celebrates his touchdown run against the Green Bay Packers in the second quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

    A chart showing Peterson’s base salary for the rest of his contract

2014: $11.75M

2015: $12.75M

2016: $14.75M

2017: $15.75M

Despite that evidence, I’m still weary about buying into this theory.  Here is my reasoning for believing that the Minnesota Vikings have no intention of getting rid of their star running back:

  • The Vikings usually honor contracts of their star players.  Despite a big decrease in productivity by Jared Allen since his NFL sack record chase, they had a cap hit of over $17 million to keep him on the roster last season. Peterson’s largest cap hit will come in 2017, when he’s scheduled a $16 million hit against the cap.  That is still less than Allen’s hit last year.
  • Peterson isn’t declining as quickly as other running backs in the NFL.  It is hard to compare Adrian Peterson to other running backs in the league.  He’s just not the same kind of beast.  Heck, sometimes it’s easy to believe that he’s not even human.
  • The reports aren’t coming from someone close to the Vikings organization.  An unnamed AFC general manager and speculation from other beat writers isn’t enough for me to take the reports seriously.  Until the Vikings organization approaches Peterson for a pay cut, I can’t believe it.
  • Adrian Peterson is still the face of the Minnesota Vikings organization.  Let’s be downright honest here.  No player on the team sells more tickets and jerseys than Adrian Peterson.  Sure, the team has rising stars on the roster, but nobody that is ready to take on the role that Peterson has on the team.  Merchandise sales would take a huge hit with him gone.

What do you think?  Do you believe that the Minnesota Vikings are looking to move on without Adrian Peterson in the near future?  Or do you think the Vikings will honor the contract as long as Peterson is productive on the field?  Let me know in the comments!

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  • nathan franzen

    I would become a packers fan if they let him go.

    • Adam Carlson

      Ouch. That’s harsh. I’d still be a huge Vikings fan, but I’d be VERY disappointed with the move.

  • MikeH123

    AD is definitely on his way out. Bridgewater isn’t tough enough to face the 8 man boxes and the Vikings made no attempt to get a X WR that stretch the field deep for AD. I also heard the Vikings are transitioning to some sort of offense focusing on Cordoralle Patterson. No wonder he took Bridgewater to the hockey game.

    • alec

      Dude they made ten fifteen plays designed around him to trick defenses not a playbook around him he is a star just like ad and neither are going any where for a long time , norv turner has been thriving to work with another hall of fame back sick losing LT. He did it with him emmitt smith now purple Jesus. Skol bikes!

    • jacknine

      Mike, you really need to get over the Vikings not drafting Manziel!

    • trinity

      At least bridgewater is smart enough to understand “8 man boxes”, as opposed to the other guy who never even had to learn a playbook. A&M never had a playbook. Just elementary weekly game plans lol. If it hurts you so much that manziel is not with the Vikings, how about you go jump on the sinking ship that is Cleveland?

      As for AP, i don’t believe the Vikings will get rid of him. He’s not part of the team, he is the team, and he has been for many years. We will see.

      • jacknine

        You are right about the playbook, and he was also not responsible for calling protections. I believe TB had a pro style playbook down at age 17 in his freshman year.

        • trinity

          Yeah, teddy seems to be more polished than the other quarterbacks in this draft in terms of football IQ. I can’t wait to see how it plays out :).

  • Paul Engleson

    I would appreciate it if you pundits would stop trying to tear up our Vikings!!!!!
    This is nothing but BS the only people benefitting from this are the other 31 NFL
    Teams and the team that is trying to get him. STOP WITH THE BS

    • Adam Carlson

      That’s why I wrote this article. I wanted to help squash the BS out there. While I don’t know the validity of this claim, I do severely doubt it for the reasons listed above.

  • Jeeves

    I agree with what you say, Adam. The problem is the leading/misleading way the title is worded. It leaves an air of negativity hanging out there…especially for those who don’t read the article. How about starting titles of such BS stories with words like “I’m not buying this, but….” or “Does anyone believe…..”?

    • Adam Carlson

      That’s true. Those who don’t read the article can draw their own conclusions without seeing my view of it, but I think I state pretty early on in the article that I don’t believe the reports and then go on to thoroughly explain why I feel that way.

  • Jake

    This is nothing but Adam Schefter-style nonsense. There is nothing to this story whatsoever.

  • jacknine

    The salary cap argument is silly. By 2016 it will be in excess of $150 Million, and paying AD 10% of the cap is quite manageable. Furthermore, the team would generate much less in ancillary $$$ by trading him. Unless he does an Emmitt Smith, AP will retire a Viking after the 2017 season.

  • Jared

    Ap isn’t going anywhere.he hasn’t declined at all.until he starts to there’s no way we get rid of him.I’d say skol but that’s the lamest part of being a vikings

  • Wayne Davis

    Already tired of hearing this crap … It’s like we have a decent off season and people wanna brings us don’t … AP isn’t leave minny any more then the lions trading megaton …, smart teams don’t let go of there best player especially when there still productive

  • Kerry Elmberg jr

    Next they will be saying teddy and cordarelle will b traded for arena league players this is garbage put out to throw petersons mind set off so he may not be as good because he is salty they wanna dump him