History has been made on Friday, February 27, 2015. Most importantly, for the NFLPA and certainly for Adrian Peterson. That day, his suspension from the NFL was overturned, and Peterson was put on the commissioner’s exempt list allowing contact between Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings.
Rushing for only 75 yards in the 2014 season, Peterson played one full game before being put on indefinite suspension. The 6’1”, 217 pound colossal, sharp runner was drafted by the Vikings as the 7th pick in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft. A promising athlete from early in his career, breaking the University of Oklahoma freshman rushing record with 1,925 yards, Peterson dominated the field since the beginning.
He has been a star for Minnesota since becoming a Viking back in ’07. Enduring one of the worst sports injuries in 2012, a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament a.k.a. ACL, which may have possibly ended his professional career. Peterson stood strong in the offseason and rehabilitated his health back to 100%. The following year he would blow the heads off of millions of NFL fans by rushing for 2,097 yards and 12 TD’s en route of a league MVP the 2012-2013 season.
Now the only question that lies on the surface of Minnesota; where will Peterson be at the beginning of next season? With three years left on his contract and his salary cap hit at $15.4 million, the Vikings may ask him to take a pay-cut, which may lead to Peterson packing his bags completely and heading to another organization.
If the Vikings wish to keep him, Peterson may turn around and ask to be traded. It does not take 20/20 vision to see that, although Peterson made a deal to not lose any money, he was deeply hurt by the Vikings organization, who clearly did not have his back during the beginning phases of his trial.
Keep an eye on Jerry Jones and the many tricks up his sleeves. Although DeMarco Murray made his name known throughout every house-hold while leading the league last season, that may have well have been his peak-season.
If the cowboys do not draft a RB high in this class, which includes promising prospects such as Todd Gurley from Georgia, Melvin Gordon from Wisconsin, T.J. Yeldon from Alabama, and Tevin Coleman from Indiana, they just might make a move in attaining Adrian Peterson.
Adrian has spent a good portion of the year going through legal battles in order for him to be allowed back into the NFL. Now that the road is cleared and few decisions are left to determine his future, he must make his biggest decision yet; where to play football?