Sunday, July 23, 2017

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Welcome to the next installment of our Vikings Free Agency Primer series: the running backs. Check out our other primers on tight ends, defensive ends, cornerbacks, safetiesquarterbacks, wideouts, and defensive tackles.

Ah yes, here we are. The inevitable departure of Adrian Peterson has happened, and we can take a clear look at the Vikings running back situation and what to do about it.

LAST SEASON

It wasn’t good. The Vikings were dead last in the league in rushing last year, and while much of that can (and should) be attributed to the floundering offensive line play, none of the backs did much to inspire hope, either.

Peterson only played in three games due to injury, rushing 37 times for 72 yards—a putrid 1.9-yard average. While we’ll fondly remember the AP glory days—he is, without a doubt, one of the greatest players in franchise history—his legendary burst has mellowed, his injuries have begun to pile up, and his cost is most likely too high for a return. The fanbase is ready to move on, and you get the feeling Adrian is, too. It would be surprising if the Vikings re-signed him.

The absence of Peterson thrust Jerick McKinnon into the lead role in 2016, finally giving us the long look at the shifty back many fans had anxiously awaited. It went…fine. McKinnon carried the ball 159 times for 539 yards (3.4 YPC) and two touchdowns, and also had 43 catches for 255 yards and another two TDs. Again, it’s difficult for any runner to perform well without holes to run through—the YPC average was by far the lowest of his career—but McKinnon never really displayed the electrifying ability we hoped he possessed. It may still be in there, but calls for McKinnon to receive more touches have temporarily been silenced.

The Road to 50 — About the Labor Episode 47

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss everything from Sharrif Floyd’s ominous future with the Minnesota Vikings to the savagery of putting peas on a pizza. In between the guys celebrate the release of Adrian Peterson, review a handful of NFL combine weigh-ins and answer a pair of open-ended questions. Episode 47 also shines a light on Drew not knowing what a pear is and a bit of a twist to the end of the show. The boys are back, and they’re cookin’ with gas now, folks.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • The guys trash Adrian Peterson one final time for old time’s sake
  • Drew doesn’t seem to know what a pear is?
  • Sharrif Floyd: Comin’ Back or Gettin’ Gone?
  • Reviewing a handful of prospects’ Combine weigh-ins
  • Two fantastic open-ended questions are answered thoroughly
  • BJ and Drew announce what about their podcast game they will be giving up for Lent
  • Drew channels his inner Veronica Corningstone

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Adrian Peterson to the Packers
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

“This guy’s crazy!” “This is just cheap click bait!” “Wow, this is just so disrespectful to Adrian Peterson!” Or maybe this guy is just smart?

After the Minnesota Vikings had announced Tuesday they would not exercise the 2017 option on Adrian Peterson’s contract, Bovada released odds on which team Peterson would join next (or if he’ll wind up staying in Minnesota on a new contract).

And would you look at that — the Green Bay Packers are chilling at 10/1 odds. You don’t think maybe, just maybe, Peterson could become a Packer?

AHHHHHHHHHHH MAKE IT STOP!

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Peterson to become an unrestricted free agent

Vikings Do Not Exercise Adrian Peterson's 2017 Option
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

There it is, the news Vikings fans have anticipated for weeks. On Tuesday morning, the Minnesota Vikings announced they will not exercise the 2017 option on Adrian Peterson’s contract. The decision means Peterson will become an unrestricted free agent on Thursday, March 9.

With the announcement, general manager Rick Spielman released a short statement addressing the development:

“Adrian is an important part of the Minnesota Vikings organization. We will continue to have conversations with his representatives and leave our future options open while determining what is best for both parties moving forward.”

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