Adrian Peterson Denied Appeal, Considering Retirement
Adrian Peterson won’t be back in the NFL this season. In fact, he may not play professional football again, ever. After being denied his appeal to be reinstated by the NFL, an angry Peterson claimed he was treated wrongly and admitted he’d consider retirement.
Appeals officer Harold Henderson ultimately decided to uphold Peterson’s suspension and he is expected to be banned from all team activities until April 15th, at the very earliest.
The Minnesota Vikings have given off mixed signals about what they intend to do in regards to keeping their star running back, who will be owed $12.75 million in base salary next season.
It seems that one way or another, the two sides are headed for a split. The logical thing to do would be for the Vikings to cut Peterson and save money, and then add more talent to the running back position via free agency and/or the NFL Draft.
For the 29-year old Peterson, he’d likely get a fresh start with a team that is already a winning club or could be an elite running back away from making a strong push. Of course, whether or not Peterson signs on with a new team would depend on the NFL allowing him to, as well as whether or not he remains driven to compete at the highest level.
It’s understandable that Peterson could temporarily feel like he wants to be done with the league, as the NFL has attacked him ever since he was indicted for child abuse charges in Texas. At least in the public eye, it hasn’t appeared that either the league or the Vikings have shown Peterson much support, which naturally has angered the star running back.
Ultimately, Peterson’s return should hang on a multitude of things. He’s still only going to be 30 years old if/when he returns to the field in 2015, and by all accounts figures to still be in the best physical shape of his life. He had one of the best seasons ever by a running back just two seasons ago, and should enter 2015 fresher than ever after playing just one game this season.
In the past, Peterson has suggested that he could and would like to play until or past the age of 35, so it will be interesting to see if that is a goal he still wants to chase. There have also been whispers about his interest in breaking records, most notably the single-season rushing record, as well as the record for rushing yards in a career.
Peterson would still go down as a Hall of Fame candidate if his career ended this year. However, as upset as the star rusher seems to be, his competitive edge and still existing talent isn’t likely to be wasted on a one-game final season. Expect Peterson to return with a chip on his shoulder once the league finally clears him to play again.
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