The Minnesota Vikings declined the 2017 option on running back Adrian Peterson's contract, making the 10-year pro an unrestricted free agent.
Although the Vikings declined the 2017 option, that does not necessarily rule out Peterson playing for Minnesota next season, as the future Hall-of-Famer has already sent a note to ESPN's Josina Anderson saying that he would be open to returning to the purple and gold.
The complete statement from Peterson to Anderson is below.
Statement to me from Adrian Peterson: "It’s been a great 10 years with the Minnesota Vikings. 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."