Dec 8, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs onto the field during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Adrian Peterson hopes to play with Minnesota Vikings through contract

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Although Minnesota Vikings franchise running back Adrian Peterson has pondered his future on more than one occasion this offseason, it appears the Pro Bowl talent plans to play with the Vikings through the entirety of his contract which runs through the 2017 season.

Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean the same holds true for the Vikings as Peterson and his lofty salary could potentially be cut early as next season, something Peterson is well aware of.

“You couldn’t have told me that at least two or three of those guys (speaking about Percy Harvin, Jared Allen, etc) wouldn’t still be here,” Peterson said. “It just goes to show how the business is. Ultimately, the organization is going to do what they feel is best for their team.

“If that’s going younger or trying to save money, that’s what it boils down to, no matter what type of talent you are. It’s really the unfortunate part of the business, but I’m blessed to still be around, and hopefully, it doesn’t happen to me one day. If it does, then, oh well. I’ll go on and do something different with my career.”

While Harvin and Allen were Pro Bowl level players, they weren’t on the same plateau as Adrian Peterson who has and currently remains the face of the Vikings franchise, so it’s hard to see Minnesota clearing him out at the first possible opportunity.

Of course, many didn’t believe the San Diego Chargers would do such with LaDainian Tomlinson either, though Peterson is still looking very productive despite hitting the 29-year-old mark so many running backs struggle to achieve.

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  • Billy Schwandt

    whit the freak of nature AP is I hope he finishes his career here as a Viking. I would think he has 4 or 5 great years left and a few really good years after that to brake the all time rushing mark!!1 SKOL VIKINGS!!!

  • Wayne

    Bringing in Zimmer and Bridgewater is an acknowledgement of that appreciation for Peterson. I personally don’t see Petersons career as a “mirror’ image of Barry Sanders, with that being said I must emphasize Zimmer who exudes a progressive mentality. Peterson is thee best football player in the NFL.