NFL Officially Reinstates Adrian Peterson
Adrian Peterson can finally continue his NFL career. Where that ends up being, of course, is anyone’s guess. Peterson will be free to explore his options immediately, however, as the league has removed him from the commissioner’s exempt list,
Peterson missed 15 games in 2014 due to an off field child abuse scandal and remained suspended indefinitely going into the off-season. A recent arbitration ruling set the wheels in motion to get Peterson’s suspension lifted, however, and now he’s officially active and able to play heading into the 2015 NFL season.
What team Peterson plays for in 2015 is now the new focus, as numerous teams have been involved in trade rumors over the past few months. The Minnesota Vikings supposedly still want Peterson back, but the veteran running back may not be interested in staying with the only team he’s ever known as a professional. Per previous reports, Peterson didn’t take kindly to a perceived lack of support by the team during his ordeal.
Peterson’s lack of trust in the Minnesota front office could very well have him packing his bags for a new destination in 2015, with teams like the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals as the likely front-runners to land him via trade.
Dallas has long been considered the sleeper pick to trade for Peterson, as Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hasn’t been shy about his desire to get Peterson. Dallas has since allowed running back DeMarco Murray to walk in free agency, while Peterson is from Texas. Needless to say, landing Peterson could vault the Cowboys into Super Bowl contention status, especially given the fact that they made it to the second round of the playoffs on the back of a run-heavy offense a year ago.
Whether or not the Cowboys want to trade for Peterson or Peterson even wants to play in Dallas is up for debate, but at the moment what matters most is that Minnesota controls his fate. The Vikings are extremely unlikely to grant Peterson his release due to his value around the league, while some teams may not be interested in trading for a 30-year old running back at his current salary.
Regardless of where Peterson plays in 2015, we at least know now that he’s going to play.
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