Adrian Peterson Admits He Might Be Done in Minnesota
Adrian Peterson has already been suspended for the remainder of the 2014 NFL season, but will await the final verdict on December 2nd, when his appeal will be heard by the league.
Still, while Peterson appears to have one last gasp at football life this season, it’s likely his 2014 season is over before it really ever began, thanks to a child abuse case away from the field.
It also could mean the end to his Minnesota Vikings career. In a recent interview with USA Today, Peterson apologized for his part in the child abuse case, and admitted he probably went too far when he disciplined his son with a switch many months ago.
Peterson also admitted that a “fresh start” in somewhere other than Minnesota might be the best move that comes next for both parties. Peterson suggested that the Vikings would welcome their star player back with open arms, but he and his camp remain skeptical of the reception by the state and Vikings fans in general.
The fact that Peterson is on the fence is one thing, but the fact that he’ll be owed over $15 million in 2015 may tell us the rest of the story. Regardless of what Peterson wants, the Vikings may not have any other choice than to let go of their most prized possession. Peterson still has good football left in him, even at 30 years old, but no team is going to trade anything of value for an aging back due over $15 million.
Unless Peterson is granted the ability to return for the remainder of this season, he’s almost certainly played his last down in purple and gold.
So, that begs the question – where will Peterson play in 2015?
Peterson’s ultimate destination is anyone’s guess, but he’s had loose ties to the Dallas Cowboys (he’s from Texas, after all), while plenty of running back-needy teams like the Atlanta Falcons or Indianapolis Colts could come calling. Teams with Super Bowl aspirations like the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos could also ultimately express interest.
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