After an incredible 10-year run, Adrian Peterson is days away from no longer being a member of the Minnesota Vikings. The team announced it will not pick up the $18 million option on Peterson¡¯s contract, leaving him set to become an unrestricted free agent in March.
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But the Vikings say it doesn¡¯t necessarily mean his time with the team is through.
¡°Adrian is an important part of the Minnesota Vikings organization,¡± general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement Tuesday. ¡°We will continue to have conversations with his representatives and leave our future options open while determining what is best for both parties moving forward.¡±
Peterson also left open the possibility that a new contract with the Vikings could be in his future, although ¡°other options¡± will be explored.
“It¡¯s been a great 10 years with the Minnesota Vikings,¡± Peterson said in a statement to ESPN¡¯s Josina Anderson. ¡°They know what I bring to the organization as a player, with my work ethic and dedication. I spoke with Rick Spielman this past weekend. The door is still open to find some common ground.
¡°I understand addressing the offensive line is one of their main priorities this offseason. In the meantime, I will explore my other options and see what path God leads me on. My main goal remains the same: to win a Super Bowl championship with a great team, which I also believe we have in Minnesota.”
Arguably the best running back of his generation, Peterson has tallied an unbelievable 11,747 rushing yards and 97 rushing touchdowns, along with 1,945 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns in 10 years with the team.
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