Monday, January 2, 2017
What Should The Vikings Do With Adrian Peterson?
What should the Minnesota Vikings do with Adrian Peterson in regards to the 2017 season?
For his part, Adrian Peterson said he would like to return to the Minnesota Vikings for the 2017 season. Peterson wouldn't say if he would take a pay cut to remain with the team.
Pay Cut or Gone
For me and I'm sure many Vikings fans, the answer of what to do with Peterson is an easy one. If Peterson refuses to take a pay cut, the Vikings should move on from him. 11.75 million dollars (the amount the Vikings would have to cough up if Adrian returns for 2017 is too high a price for the Vikings to pay.
Peterson hasn't played much in the last few years. From his suspension to injuries, Peterson isn't the same running back that he was earlier in his career.
Peterson will also be 32 heading into the 2017 NFL season. That's a an elderly running back in NFL terms. I don't believe that Peterson has many more 100+ yard games in him, even with a shored up offensive line.
Offensive Line Issues
The offensive line had major issues in 2016 which basically rendered the Vikings running game useless. Sure there were numerous injuries to the line but I'm not convinced that a healthy line will be the answer.
The Vikings need to spend lots of money on the offensive line and other positions. Having Peterson making 11.75 million would hamper the team's ability to make the necessary changes that are needed to make the Vikings a playoff team.
How Much of a Pay Cut Does Peterson Need to Take for Vikings to Keep Peterson?
I'm not sure how much of a pay cut is necessary for Peterson to take to make it possible for Minnesota to want to keep him. The team has a better handle on that but I would think two to three million would make sense.
Will Peterson be willing to take that much of a hit? He might not have a choice. I don't believe that he would be able to command a high salary at this point in his career with other teams.
His body of work the past few seasons is sketchy and his age will be a major issue.
I'm sure that there are teams that will believe that he has a few good seasons left and if their team has a top rated offensive line, they might be willing to take a gamble on him.
As mentioned earlier, I just don't see other teams paying 11.75 million for Peterson.
Adrian will have to decide if he wants to take a pay cut to stay with the Vikes or if he wants to take a pay cut with another team. If Peterson is serious about returning to the Minnesota Vikings, he will take a pay cut to remain a Viking.
Even if Peterson is willing to take a pay cut, there are no guarantees that the team will still keep him. The team may be more ready than ever to enter the post Adrian Peterson era!