Jeremy Fowler at ESPN makes claims that former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is demanding too much money.
“Adrian Peterson might have priced himself out of signing with a team early in free agency.”
“One source from a team in the market for a running back believes Peterson wanted more than $8 million in the first year of a contract. Despite his reputation as one of the best playmakers of the modern era, that is a steep request for the current veteran tailback climate.”
It seems that few people in Minnesota are surprised. Rana Cash at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune seems to be typical:
“The consensus all along has been that it would come down to money for Peterson. Of course he says it is more to it than that, but from a general manager’s perspective, that’s what it is all about.”
Indeed, Peterson does dispute this. And, I for one, believe him.
I’ve little doubt that Fowler’s sources told him the truth about Peterson’s demands. In fact, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if that isn’t what he told the Vikings at the beginning of free agency But to suggest that’s the whole story is monolithic, as Bears fans should know more than anyone. After all, Alshon Jeffery took less money on a one year deal just so he could get out of Chicago. I’ve little doubt that the Peterson situation is similar.
Numerous reports indicated that Peterson wasn’t particularly happy in Minnesota, especially during the time when he was accused of reckless or negligent injury to a child when he didn’t feel like he got enough support from the Vikings. His price to go to another team that he felt was a good fit is undoubtedly another thing altogether. For instance, the guess here is that Peterson could be had for a song in his hometown of Dallas, where he has reportedly always wanted to play.
Don’t be surprised if Peterson finds a good, competitive team that wants him after the draft, when such teams often find that the selection process didn’t fall their way and that they didn’t get one on the players they were looking for. And don’t be surprised if its for a lot less than he demanded to stay with the Vikings.