Even though he wants to stay with the Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson is considering going to the New York Giants if he becomes a free agent.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson wants to stay in Minnesota but is already looking at options should he be released.
Peterson said that he would consider playing for the New York Giants, Houston Texans and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers if he becomes a free agent. The Vikings have a team option on the running back for 2017 which includes a $11.75 million salary and a $6 million bonus which would be paid out at the start of the new league year, according to Dan Benton of Giants Wire. The Vikings have until March 9 to decide whether to keep Peterson or release him.
“I see myself in purple. A lot has to take place,” he said on ESPN’s First Take on Thursday. “I see myself finishing off in purple. It is a business at the end of the day, so with that, things could end up differently … Hopefully, we can work things out.”
He went on to say, “There’s a couple teams out there that I’ve thought about. … New York was one of them that popped up, Tampa Bay, lot of different teams. Houston would be a good spot.I’ll stop right there … I’m just throwing random names out there.”
"I definitely have five strong more years. Without a doubt."
— First Take (@FirstTake) January 19, 2017
This season Peterson didn’t play a lot due to a torn meniscus in his knee. He had 72 yards on 37 carries for an average of 1.9 yards per carry. The former league MVP has rushed for 11,747 yards, has 1,945 receiving yards, and 102 touchdowns in his 10-year career. The running back says that he can play for another five years.
Peterson going to the Giants would be a good thing. He could help the Giants running game, which isn’t good. The Giants are ranked 29th in the league in rushing yards, according to Howie Kussoy of the New York Post.
The Buccaneers might look for a running back to fill in for Doug Martin who recently got suspended. The Texans don’t need a running back after signing Lamar Miller to a four-year contract last offseason. If the Vikings do release Peterson, then the Giants might be the best team to go to.