It look as though Adrian Peterson won’t be receiving the Greg Jennings treatment from the Vikings’ front office this offseason.
According to the USA Today’s Tom Pelissero, the Minnesota Vikings will not release Peterson:
#Vikings GM Rick Spielman told Adrian Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, tonight the team won't release him. No surprise but that's off the table.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 19, 2015
The “news” comes as no surprise, though. Peterson is still one of the league’s premier running backs, and if the Vikings are going to part ways with him, they will need to receive a solid return on investment — Peterson’s release would result in a $2.4 million strike against Minnesota’s salary cap.
The embattled running back is set to make $12.75 million in 2015 and will turn 30 later this month, which may explain his relatively quiet trade market — teams are unwilling to take on the Peterson’s expensive contract, which will pay him $45 million over the next 3 years.