Will Adrian Peterson stay or will he go? We may in fact be edging closer to a resolution on this matter, but as of right now, we still don’t know jack.
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The Vikings will have to make a call on Peterson one way or the other in the coming days. In the meantime, the team is preparing for a possible AD-less future by exploring other options at the running back position.
The 26-year-old Ridley was one of approximately 40 men who saw time at running back for the Patriots in 2014. In six games, Ridley rang up 340 rushing yards and a TD while averaging a very Asiata-like 3.6 yards-per-carry. One of his two 100-plus yard games came week 2 in a winning effort against the Vikings.
Unfortunately, Ridley went on IR after tearing his ACL during New England’s week 6 matchup with Buffalo. The ACL situation will no doubt be a huge factor in teams determining Ridley’s value. There’s still a very strong likelihood that he will return to New England on a dirt-cheap contract.
It’s hard to say exactly what the Vikings’ level of interest would be in Ridley, especially now that they’ve reportedly re-signed RB Matt Asiata. It just looks like the team is putting in calls to any and all available cheap free agent running backs so they have options lined up just in case something happens with Peterson.
It never hurts to have your ducks in a row, as Rick Spielman well knows.
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