The Adrian Peterson saga is finally getting some good news. After sitting out 15 of 16 games last year due to a child abuse case, Peterson’s ban from the NFL has been lifted and he will be reinstated to the league. Per Adam Schefter via Twitter, the Minnesota Vikings will not wait for Peterson to be officially reinstated, which could prompt them to cut or trade the disgruntled running back.
Peterson had said several times over the course of the year that he didn’t know how he felt about returning to Minnesota, given that some fans and people with the Vikings didn’t fully “support” him. In fact, Peterson’s agent reportedly had to be restrained during this year’s NFL Combine when he met with Vikings executives. The latest developments have led to speculation that despite Peterson now expected to be available to play in 2015, that his days in Minnesota are over.
That’s not a reach anymore, as Peterson will turn 30 years old next month and will be owed a whopping $12.75 million if still on the roster when the 2015 season begins. Due to age and potential regression, as well as the obvious huge hit against the cap, Minnesota may take this opportunity to cut ties with their star franchise back.
No definite decision has been made publicly by either side, but we know Peterson is due back for 2015 and it’s growing increasingly unlikely that it will be as a member of the Vikings. Should Peterson leave via trade or release, the door would open for young running back Jerick McKinnon to take over as the full-time running back in Minnesota.