Adrian Peterson and his free-agent status have been the target of much speculation.
Why hasn’t the running back been able to find a team since the Minnesota Vikings decided not to pick up the 2017 option year on his contract? Is it his age or his asking price in free agency?
Two articles this week have painted different pictures on why Peterson hasn’t found a team yet.
Bleacher Report talked to “around a half-dozen” team executives and concluded that “many teams believe he’s effectively done.” Columnist Mike Freeman wrote:
“When they watch video of Peterson, they see a player who has lost the most important part of his game: his burst.
“Peterson has slowed dramatically, they believe. Not a little. Not a shade. But a lot.
“In the words of one scout, Peterson is ‘a glorified fullback.’”
In another report on Friday, ESPN said one team in the market for a running back believes Peterson wanted more than $8 million in the first year of his contract. The top average annual salary for a running back currently under contract has LeSean McCoy making $8 million, but Le’Veon Bell, who was given the franchise tag by Pittsburgh, stands to make more than that, either by signing the franchise contract or by negotiating a long-term deal.
Peterson responded to the report about his asking price via social media, but his words make it unclear whether or not he is or had been seeking $8 million. What he did say is that he is confident he will play in 2017 and is willing to take his time to find a team in which he can help win a championship.