4 major gambles that could pay off for the Vikings in 2022
By Dean Jones
Bringing back Patrick Peterson
After an indifferent first season with the Vikings, some thought it was unlikely Patrick Peterson would be given another go-around with the organization. There were some nice moments from the All-Pro in 2021, but father time is doing him no favors and it remains to be seen just how long he has left before calling it a day.
As it turned out, the Vikings gave Peterson another one-year contract after examining all available options. This represents a risk – especially if there is further regression – but his presence on the field and within the locker room could be a significant asset.
If Peterson can hold his own in the face of some exceptional wide receivers opposite Cameron Dantzler, the better Minnesota’s chances will be. The former LSU standout will also be tasked with bringing on the likes of Andrew Booth Jr. from a development standpoint to further enhance his overall influence.
This represents a crossroads campaign for Peterson, who is now 32-years-old. If things don’t go well, then it might be his final season in a starting role after a glittering career that will see him enter Pro Football Hall of Fame consideration when the time comes.
However, if Peterson can evolve his game, put his experience to good use, and become a strong leadership presence, then bringing him back will be a tremendous bit of business.