Vikings RB Adrian Peterson sent out a cryptic tweet about the Giants on Wednesday.
The Giants been making some interesting moves.- Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) February 16, 2017
The tweet is likely in reference to the release of veteran RB Rashad Jennings and WR Victor Cruz, moves that freed up $10 million in cap space.
Peterson is set to receive a base salary of $11.75 million for the 2017 season. The running back's roster bonus of $6 million kicks in on March 11, meaning the Vikings have until then to make a decision on the 31-year old back. In addition to the base salary and roster bonus, Peterson will also earn a $250,000 workout bonus for participating in OTA practices and mandatory minicamps. If Minnesota keeps Peterson on his current contract, it would result in an $18 million cap hit.
Previous Report and Reaction
Adrian Peterson mentioned the Giants as a team he might consider if he were to reach free agnecy this offseason, the running back said in an appearance on ESPN's First Take.
While Peterson stated adamantly that he wants to stay in Minnesota, the 31-year old back admitted that the NFL is a business and knows there is a chance the Vikings decide to let him go.
"I see myself in purple. A lot has to take place," Peterson said on Thursday. "I see myself finishing off in purple. It is a business at the end of the day, so with that, things could end up differently. ... Hopefully we can work things out."
Peterson went on to say that if he were to enter free agency this year, he would want to go to a team that has a chance at competing for the Super Bowl, a good defense, a good offensive scheme, and a great coaching staff.
"There's a couple teams out there that I've thought about. ... New York was one of them that popped up, Tampa Bay, lot of different teams. Houston would be a good spot," said Peterson. "I'll stop right there. ... I'm just throwing random names out there."
First of all, this is a bit of a manufactured story. Even Peterson, during the interview, didn't seem to think there was much of a chance he'd be a free agent. But the ESPN hosts kept pushing, so he entertained their "If". Then, when they basically forced him to list teams he'd want to play for, one of them shouted "Giants" and he was pushed into saying he'd put them on his list.
Oh, and he also admitted "I'm just throwing random names out there."
But it took like 16 seconds for that to become a story on social media, so here we are. But let's stop it now because even if it happened that Peterson was available, the Giants bringing him in is a terrible idea. The man is 32. I know he's a Hall of Famer, but even he can't beat the clock. He's also coming off a season in which he played in only three games thanks to a torn meniscus in his knee.
Why would the Giants want to sign an old player coming off a serious injury in the hopes they can recapture his former greatness? Wouldn't it be better to spend their money on the offensive line? Because a 32-year-old Peterson running behind the current line isn't going to rekindle memories of his glory days. Even he needs a few holes to run through.
Oh, and don't forget that Peterson missed most of the 2014 season because he was suspended for beating his young son with a stick. If you thought following the Josh Brown/domestic violence story was fun last season, you'll love the storylines if the Giants sign a child abuser less than a year later.
The Giants will be much better off letting the promising young Paul Perkins take the lead behind a strengthened line, maybe with another veteran back brought in to share some of the load. OK, if Peterson wants to come play for $1 million, sure, take a flier. But keep in mind, in that same interview his current $18 million price for 2017 came up and he interrupted to point out that he had earned that.
He's just not going to be worth the price.