Per Mike Freeman at the Bleacher Report, the Vikings have been looking for ways to part with premier running back Adrian Peterson:
The Vikings are looking for ways to part with superstar runner Adrian Peterson sooner rather than later. Peterson is 29 and when backs hit 30, their production usually drops off precipitously. Backs age in dog years, and despite Peterson’s adamantium bone structure, he isn’t impervious to aging. The contract situation is also brutal. Peterson will receive a base salary of $11.75 million in 2014, then $12.75 million in 2015. In 2017, it will climb to $15.75 million.
That is simply an impossible salary structure to pay a player in today’s game, where the running back position has been greatly devalued.
“My person opinion,” said one AFC general manager, “is this (coming) season will be Peterson’s last with the Vikings. Despite the cap hit, they’ll make some sort of move to get him off the roster.”
Potshots at the Bleacher Report aside (they’re not what they were three years ago), I trust Mike Freeman, though I’ve found him slightly more prone to “lying season” than other, more reliable, insiders. That said, I think this is the truth.