Adrian Peterson said that he is “uneasy” about a possible return to the Minnesota Vikings. Uneasy. Heaven forbid that a player who has received an outcry of support from management and coaches feel anything less than “uneasy” about returning to a team where he is scheduled to make over $15 million in 2015. For someone whom once had my utmost respect, I lose any and all semi-positive opinions of this man every time he speaks. If Peterson is uneasy about a return to Minnesota, then I’m sure he’ll be more than happy to mutually part ways with the Vikings and not worry at all about the money he will likely lose by being served his release. If that does happen, would Peterson sign with the Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts or Buffalo Bills?
Peterson has spoken publicly about one day playing for his Cowboys. Could that day be closer than anyone would have imagined just a year or so ago? If the Cowboys wind up signing Dez Bryant and losing DeMarco Murray, the team will be looking for a new starting running back, with the troubled Joseph Randle unlikely to handle such a role. The Cowboys could draft a running back, but signing Peterson would be much higher on Jerry Jones’ list.
The Chargers have been unable to replace Ladainian Tomlinson since the day he left to sign with the Jets. Sure, he wasn’t the same player even during his final season rocking the powder blues, but Ryan Mathews has proven that he is not the answer. Philip Rivers still has dome decent football left in him, but he would greatly benefit from a strong running game. What Peterson will bring to a team following his suspension remains to be seen, but it could be a risk that San Diego might be willing to take.
Speaking of teams desperate to add a solid running attack, the Colts would certainly make sense, at least in terms of potential. Indianapolis may have enough going on in terms of troubled personnel, beginning with its owner, but just imagine what this offense could do with Andrew Luck being able to hand off the ball from time to time and force the defense to be honest.
The Jets would love to make a splash, if for no other reason to stay socially relevant without Rex Ryan. Signing Peterson would certainly satisfy that, although it would still be a public relations gamble for a team that has done very little on the field in quite some time now. And, without an improvement at quarterback, is there even a need in bringing in Peterson?
Speaking of Ryan and teams that need a better quarterback, what about the Bills? Ryan needs a better quarterback, but he has never shied away from bringing in players with a checkered past. If he feels that Peterson could help the Bills win, then he will not hesitate to ask management to at least consider presenting him with an offer.
Of course, all of this is purely speculation. Peterson may let go of his uneasy feelings about returning to the Vikings and remain in Minnesota for at least next season, provided he receives his reinstatement into the NFL. That also remains to be seen.
But, we should all know that despite Ray Rice not receiving any offers, the same will likely not be true as it relates to Peterson. He will have a home in the NFL (again, as long as he is fully reinstated) in 2015. We just don’t know exactly which address.