Noted football philosopher Pete Prisco likes to say, “if you are old and slow, then you must go.” Pete would almost certainly apply that rule to the Adrian Peterson situation in Minnesota.
And it appears that former Vikings star Cris Carter would agree. Carter, speaking to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, said that Peterson was past his “expiration date” and that’s why the Vikings decided to move on.
“I didn’t think (Peterson) would finish his career with the Vikings,’’ Carter said. “If you look at the number of times he’s been injured the last couple of years and then also the price, what’s going to be your price point? Eventually, everybody has an expiration date, including Adrian. I think the Vikings have gone about it the right way. …
“I’m sure Adrian wanted to play for something significant [in salary].”
The money factor can’t be underrated here. Peterson was set to make $18 million in 2017 but, because it’s wholly out of whack with the current running back market.
Peterson is a future Hall of Fame back, a dominant runner who is one of the best backs the NFL has ever seen. But he’s on the wrong side of 30 and he hasn’t been healthy or productive the last few years.
“I think he has some football left in him,’’ Carter added. “I think football is a game that’s very, very hard if you don’t practice. Adrian hasn’t practiced a lot the last two years, so I think it’s affected his overall ability to be effective in the game.’’
Latavius Murray this offseason, moving forward. (Peterson is so well respected, by the way, in Minnesota.)
This offseason has made it clear that teams. Peterson is no exception just because of his past success.
AP has made it no secret he wants to keep playing, but he’s going to have to take a serious paycut if he wants to play. Even a team like the Raiders, , have than they have trying to land Peterson in free agency.
That’s a major red flag. So is the fact that Peterson would be, only the Patriots probably aren’t interested in bringing him in.
Peterson is going to need to come to the realization that his expiration date is closer than he’d like to believe if he wants to keep playing.