Free agent Peterson is finding no takers
The active period of NFL free agency has come and gone and running back Adrian Peterson remains unsigned. On one hand, it’s a little surprising considering everything Peterson has done on the field over his career (three NFL rushing titles, seven Pro Bowl bids, etc.). On the other hand, here’s Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman:
“When B/R spoke to around a half-dozen team executives about Peterson, the consensus is that many teams believe he’s effectively done. When they watch video of Peterson, they see a player who has lost the most important part of his game: his burst.”
In the words of one scout, Peterson is “a glorified fullback.” Well then! Peterson turned 32 earlier this week and is coming off a season in which a knee injury limited him to just three games and 37 carries for Minnesota, so the apprehension is certainly understandable. But one could counter that he’s a “young” 32, if such a thing exists: Peterson sat out the entire 2014 season not because of injury but because of the childabuse charges that were levied against him (he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault and received no jail time).
So that’s a whole year of wearand-tear that he didn’t take. Plus, the Vikings’ offensive line was a horror show last season; Peterson might have had trouble finding room to run even had he been healthy.
But still, Peterson’s age and recent injury history obviously are working against him.
And then there are Peterson’s salary demands, which reportedly are high for a player with all these things going against him. And the fact that NFL teams are about to take their pick from a running back draft class that Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer has called “one of the best . . . in a long time,” further depleting Peterson’s opportunities.