The Minnesota Vikings will not pick up their option on Adrian Peterson’s contract for the 2017 season, the team announced Tuesday.
Peterson will become an unrestricted free agent on March 9.
Adrian Peterson has the reputation of a workhorse back with big-play speed, but his past three seasons offer a sobering glimpse at a star in decline.
With the Vikings declining Adrian Peterson’s option, Minnesota’s all-time leading rusher is likely to explore offers from other teams as a free agent.
Peterson, who restructured his deal with the team before the 2015 season, had an option for 2017 that would have paid him $18 million, including a $6 million roster bonus had he been on the roster on the third day of the new league year. The Vikings had until the start of the league year on March 9 to inform Peterson whether they would exercise the option.
There’s no telling what Charles could have accomplished if his career wasn’t interrupted by ACL injuries in 2011 and 2015. He missed 14 games in 2011 and 24 games in 2015 and ’16 combined.
Charles bounced back nicely the first time, setting his career high with 1,509 rushing yards in 2012. In 2013 he set his career high in touchdowns with 19 (12 rushing and seven receiving).
“I’ve been privileged to work with a lot of talented players over the years, and Jamaal Charles ranks up there with the great ones,” Reid said. “I appreciate the way he came to work every day, he gave us everything he had day in and day out. I’ve said it before, I think he’s a future Hall of Famer.”