Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will not play Sunday in the regular season finale for Minnesota against Chicago. Peterson has been dealing with multiple injuries during the course of the season, but has only been able to appear in three games this season.
Many close to the team believe Peterson has played his final game as a Viking. At age 32 entering the 2017 campaign, should Minnesota keep the future hall of famer on the roster, it will cost them $18 million dollars. Where could he potentially land? Here are four possible options:
The Jaguars brought in Chris Ivory last summer, however he did provide the lift in the rushing game to compliment Blake Bortles. T.J Yeldon is not an every down or redzone back, and Peterson could potentially provide a lift there. The Jaguars have been rumored to be looking at taking LSU’s Leonard Furnette in the NFL Draft as well.
New York Giants
The Giants have averaged only 83 rushing yards a game, and while Eli Manning and the talented corp of wideouts prepare for a playoff run, the running game could be their downfall in January. How would A.P fare in the Big Apple? He would not be asked to be the number one option on offense, which at this point in his career makes sense.
This option makes the most sense if Peterson is open to taking a paycut and wants a chance to end his career with a ring. Peterson could provide veteran leadership to a young group of backs on the roster, and be used sparingly by Pete Carroll.
Tampa Bay Bucaneers
The Bucs are a team on the rise, and aside from Doug Martin’s recent issues, Peterson could benefit from making the move to Central Florida. Jameis Winston has improved in 2016, and pairing him up with a veteran like Peterson could potentially be enough to get Tampa Bay into the postseason.
Any of the options above would make sense only if those teams truly believe Peterson has something left in the tank. He is not a long-term fix, and realistically could give someone two to three more productive years tops. If he is willing to accept considerably less money for a chance to win a Superbowl, other teams not listed (Panthers, Broncos) could also be interested.