Is RB Adrian Peterson done in Minnesota?
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The Minnesota Vikings could be in a position to release former NFL MVP Adrian Peterson at the end of the season due to a favorable contract situation.
The Chicago Tribune reported that as of the end of the 2014 NFL season, the $36 million guaranteed in Adrian Peterson’s $100 million contract he signed in 2011 will be paid in full, meaning the Vikings will not owe Peterson any additional money to cut him after this season.
Peterson, who played one game in 2014 before he suspended by the team and later placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List after his arrest for child abuse, is currently appealing a season-long suspension that the NFL handed down to him early on Tuesday morning.
The Vikings organization has publicly stayed neutral on the matter since their controversy over his early reinstatement and on Tuesday made the following statement:
“The NFL has informed the Vikings of today’s decision regarding Adrian Peterson. We respect the league’s decision and will have no further comment at this time,” the team said.
In terms of cap space the team would still be on the hook for $15.4 million in 2014. The Baltimore Ravens were in a similar situation with RB Ray Rice at the start of the season, but still made the move to cut him and save face.