Adrian Peterson to be reinstated tomorrow
Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings running back, has been reinstated by the National Football League and it is effective as of tomorrow, April 17. Peterson has been on the commissioner’s exempt list since the early part of the 2014 season because of him abusing his son. He became eligible to come off of the exempt list on Wednesday, so it did not take long for the NFL to remove him from the list after the deadline.
So what does this mean going forward?
Adrian Peterson needs to remain in good status with the NFL in the future, and with the authorities involved in the abuse case. All that this really means is that he needs to follow protocol, involving the authorities, and any punishment that he has to follow through with as a part of his deal in the case. He also needs to show the NFL that this was a one-time hiccup, as far as criminal behavior, and that he can stay out of trouble in the future.
One thing is for certain, though. Peterson is not happy with the fact that the Vikings seemed to abandon him as he went through his legal struggles during the investigation and he has made it very clear that he does not want to play another game in purple and gold, whether the Vikings like it or not. There are still teams that have shown interest in Peterson, like the Dallas Cowboys, but it is anybody’s guess as to if the Vikings will actually trade him.
In this head-on battle between the Vikings organization and Adrian Peterson, I think that the Vikings don’t have a choice other than trading him and getting something back in return. A trade would also free up almost $13 million in cap space, as Peterson’s salary gallops out-of-town.
A trade is the only viable option for both sides of this conundrum. After all, when is the last time that anyone heard of a $13 million back-up in the NFL? It doesn’t happen very often, and there is a reason for that.
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Dustin Brown covers the NFL for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @SprtsWritingMan.