The 32-year-old veteran running back remains unsigned after the Minnesota Vikings declined to pick up his option for the 2017 National Football League (NFL) season.
Adrian Peterson — who was drafted by the Vikings seventh overall in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma — ran for 72 yards on 37 carries for the Minnesota in 2016 NFL season. Peterson missed significant time after undergoing knee surgery last September. After returning for Vikings’ Week 15 defeat to hands of the Indianapolis Colts, he was out for the club’s final two contests.
The New England Patriots inked Rex Burkhead earlier in the offseason, but defending Super Bowl champions likely views Adrian Peterson as a better potential replacement for running back LeGarrette Blount, who entered the free agency after the 2016 NFL season.
With the Minnesota Vikings playing the first ever regular season game at the franchise home U.S. Bank Stadium in Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football, the seven-time Pro Bowler rushed for 19 yards until leaving the contest with an apparent right knee injury. It was revealed that Peterson’s right knee had a torn meniscus. On September 22, he underwent successful surgery operation to repair the meniscus on his right knee. It was also revealed that his right knee had a mild LCL sprain, but did not need an immediate surgery. Peterson was placed on injured reserve and on December 17, the Minnesota activated Peterson to the active roster.
On February 28, 2017, the Minnesota Vikings announced that they will not exercise Adrian Peterson’s 2017 option on his contract deal, making him a free agent at the start of the 2017 NFL league year. Had the franchise exercised the last year option on his contract, the front office would have had to shell out $18 million for the 2017 NFL season.