Veteran running back Adrian Peterson is now a free agent and available to Raiders

Will the Oakland Raiders consider signing Adrian Peterson?

The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday that they will not exercise veteran running back Adrian Peterson's option for 2017, making him a free agent when the new year begins on March 9. 

The move doesn't come as much of a surprise as Peterson was set to hold an $18 million salary cap hit. While he will be a free agent on March 9, both sides have remained open to a reunion to the pairing that has already lasted 10 years. 

The 31-year-old is coming off an injury-plagued season where he played just three games and totaled only 72 yards before going on the injured-reserve list with a torn meniscus. Last year he ran for 1,485 yards on 4.5 yards per carry. 

The Raiders have reportedly told star running back Latavius Murray he can test free agency, making the Raiders a possible landing spot for the veteran. Chris Tomasson of the St. Pioneer Press in Minnesota considers the Raiders a possible landing spot.

Tomasson also spoke with Peterson's father, who confirmed the Silver & Black could be a possibility for his son's next uniform.

It will be up to Reggie McKenzie to see kick the tires of Peterson and determine if he still has anything left, which Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report is saying some NFL's don't think so.

It remains to be seen what the market will be for a 31-year-old veteran like Peterson but more will be shown in the next week.

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