Just weeks after saying on ESPN that the Giants are a team he’s “thought about” playing for in the 2017 season, Adrian Peterson took that thought to another level on Wednesday.
The Vikings running back tweeted late on Wednesday that the Giants have “been making some interesting moves,” Nicholas Parco of the New York Daily News reports.
While they just released wide receiver Victor Cruz, it’s likely the most “interesting” move Peterson is talking about is the release of running back Rashad Jennings.
That leaves Paul Perkins as the Giants’ primary back heading into next season, which you know with a high profile team like the Vikings isn’t going to fly, meaning they will go out in either free agency or the draft and look at potential running backs.
On many of the big name sites like Sports William Hill – one of the top betting site, the Giants are 25-1 for the Super Bowl, a number they will want to improve on as the season gets closer in 2017.
Back to Peterson, other than the knee issue that sidelined the 31-year-old for 13 games in 2016, there are other roadblocks in the way of him suiting up for Big Blue.
For starters, he is under contract for one more year in Minnesota.
Peterson will make $11.75 million in the final year of his three-year deal if he stays a Viking, which is a big if seeing how that’s an awful lot for an aging running back coming off a serious injury.
As a team the Vikings had the league’s worst rushing attack, averaging just 3.2 yards per carry with nine touchdowns and three fumbles, and carrying a player that is due to make that much money is simply not going to fly going into this season.
Yahoo Sports had an interesting thought as to what to do with AP and his mega deal.
With Peterson set to draw a non-guaranteed $18 million salary in 2017, the Vikings’ best option looks to be through a strict contract renegotiation in which they attempt to sign the seven-time Pro Bowler to a one-year deal worth around $6.4 million with $3.2 million of it guaranteed. Minnesota would be wise to include a two to three-year option that can be picked up if his performance meets or exceeds expectations while incorporating specific production incentives and roster bonuses.
If a deal cannot be reached between the two sides, there is a good chance that the Vikings will cut Peterson before March 12th, when his $11.75 million base salary becomes guaranteed along with his $6 million roster bonus.
At soon to be 32 years old, Peterson is clearly on the downtrend of his NFL career. If the Vikings are smart, they will continue to shop him around, making sure they get the most they can for him.
However teams know that they might have a hard time finding a trading partner if his salary is still where it’s at. No matter how the Vikings look at it, moving AP is not going to be easy over the next few months.