Running back Adrian Peterson responds to reports that his salary is the reason he hasn’t been signed yet.
The Minnesota Vikings have moved on from Adrian Peterson, signing former Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray to a new deal. That had Peterson testing free agency, and weeks after the start of the period Peterson has yet to be signed.
There were rumblings about why NFL teams could be passing on a player who rushed for over 2,000 yards and was the best running back in the league a few years ago. Is it his injury history or that he hit the dreaded 30-year-old mark for running backs.
Some reports said teams were balking at Peterson’s asking price, reportedly $8 million. The former Vikings running back took exception with that responded on Twitter.
“You can’t believe everything you read or hear people,” Peterson wrote. “The last thing I’m worried about is playing ball this coming season. That will happen! It’s not all about the money as everyone is speculating here lately. You’d think these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don’t know what’s going on people will say anything to create or make a story!”
Peterson later says his sole desire is to find the right fit and help a team win a championship, the one trophy that Peterson has failed to land during his NFL career. That leaves his list of potential suitors to a relatively small number, and none seem to be taking the bait.
Surely an NFL team looking to contend would’ve snatched up Peterson if his asking price was reasonable, but he insists thats not what is holding back a potential deal.
Perhaps he is waiting to see where Tony Romo ends up going and if the two of them could link up for a title run together.