The best running back in Vikings’ franchise history may be looking for a new home this upcoming season with the team announcing Tuesday that they would not be picking up Peterson’s 2017 option, which would have included a $6 million signing bonus to be paid next week.
The Vikings can still bring Peterson back if the two parties can reach a new deal, but the now 32-year-old running back would have to agree to a substantial pay-cut from the original $18 million he was scheduled to make under the previous contract.
Now an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his illustrious career, Peterson has total control over where he wants to sign. Two weeks ago Peterson hinted at a possible move to the New York Giants in a cryptic tweet that read “the Giants have been making some interesting moves.”
Other potential destinations for Peterson include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, and the Houston Texans. The reigning Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots are also rumored to be in the mix for Peterson’s services.
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