Minnesota Vikings Top 10 Biggest 2015 Player Salaries

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#1:  Adrian Peterson

Sep 7, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) looks on during the second half against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. The Vikings defeated the Rams 34-6. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

2015 Base Salary:  $12.75 million

2015 Salary Cap Hit:  $15.4 million

Guaranteed:  $2.4 million

The nice thing is that I don’t have to explain what went wrong with Adrian Peterson’s 2014 season.  Every form of media has grabbed this story and ran with it, leaving almost no details to the imagination.  Still, he is under contract by the Minnesota Vikings for the 2015 season and takes the biggest bite out of the team’s salary.

There are numerous question marks out there about Peterson.  Is he in playing shape?  Do the team and coaches want him back with the team?  Does Peterson even want to come back to Minnesota?

And, of course, is he still worth carrying a $15.4 million price tag for the 2015 season?  Releasing him would free up $13 million against the salary cap, which could allow the Vikings to make a run at other high profile running backs.  But there is no other running back on the football field like the 2012 NFL MVP.

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