This article was originally posted to PurplePTSD.com.
It’s been an interesting month and change for future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson. It was on February 28th that the Vikings announced that they were planning to decline the 2017 team option on Adrian’s contract. It wasn’t really a surprise as Peterson was set to count $18 million against the cap, a number that even for the best running back in their prime is absurd to think of. Still, the move pushed Adrian Peterson onto the open market for free agency for the first time in his 10-year career.
Preparing to be shopped around was likely a bit of an unsettling feeling for Peterson, but seeing his name supplanted at the top of all the “experts” available free agent lists had to lessen the blow just a little. But when the opening bell rang on the 2017 season and players started flying off the board, it had to of quickly become a concern when Peterson’s agent’s phone sat silent. After a slow open, slowly the calls began to trickle in. First the Seattle Seahawks came knocking. Then the New England Patriots. But both teams opted to go a different direction. The Seahawks chose to go with beleaguered running back Eddie Lacy who had previously been passed on by multiple teams before finding a fit in the Pacific Northwest. Similarly, the Patriots opted to stick with the services of something called Rex Burkhead over the aging “AP”. Shortly thereafter, mutterings of no teams being interested and possible forced retirement started to cycle through the talk circuits when Adrian’s name came up and even in the midst of a scheduled visit early next week with the New Orleans Saints, the potential of no interest is still on the table.
It all begs us to ask the question once again, what if nobody is interested in Adrian Peterson?
Responsibly assessing this situation we should probably break that overarching question into a few sub-questions that would then lead us to an answer for this headline grabber. Most of them can be summarized but another sweeping narrative that asks exactly how low is Adrian willing to go to keep playing in the NFL?