Vikings won’t pick up Adrian Peterson’s 2017 option

If Minnesota brings back next season, it won’t be at his current asking price.

The Vikings on Tuesday announced that they will not exercise Peterson’s option for 2017, meaning the star running back will become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year launches on March 9.

With Peterson set to count an unruly $18 million against the salary cap next season, the decision comes as little surprise.

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

Peterson chimed in with a statement of his own, per ESPN, to indicate that a reunion remains a possibility.

“It’s been a great 10 years with the . They know what I bring to the organization as a player, with my work ethic and dedication. I spoke with Rick Spielman about this past weekend. The door is still open to find some common ground. I understand addressing the offensive line is one of their main priorities this offseason. In the meantime, I will explore my other options and see what path God leads me on. My main goal remains the same: to win a championship with a great team, which I also believe we have in Minnesota.”

Peterson told Network earlier this month that he hoped to retire with the team that drafted him seventh overall in 2007, saying, “I’ve been there for 10 years plus. You think about all the relationships you build there, with the organization, with teammates. That’s what you hate to depart from the most.”

His cap hit, though, made any chance of a return highly unlikely at his current asking price. Spielman recently told reporters that Peterson, the team’s all-time leading rusher, will “always be a Viking,” but the truth is that 2016 could mark the end of his brilliant run in Minnesota.

Peterson is coming off an injury-marred season that saw him run for just 72 yards over three games before landing on injured reserve with a torn meniscus. He wasn’t effective behind the team’s woeful offensive line, but Peterson is just one season removed from plowing for 1,485 yards at a healthy 4.5 yards per carry.

Minnesota announced that Murray underwent a successful ankle operation on Wednesday. The procedure was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson, the renowned surgeon, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport was told that once Anderson went in to the ankle, he discovered the running back needed a ligament repaired . The estimated time for recovery is about three months, Rapoport adds. Murray took visits so that teams could take and a first-hand look.

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Nike Vikings #25 Latavius Murray Purple Team Color Men's Stitched NFL Vapor Untouchable Limited JerseyThe 6-foot-3, 230-pound Murray was inked by the Vikings to a three-year, $15 million deal. The arrival of the former Raiders back essentially ended the reign of future runner Adrian Peterson in Minnesota.

Murray rushed for 39 yards and one touchdown off 12 carries in Oakland’s wild-card loss to the Texans in January. Appearing in 15 games including the playoff tilt, Murray missed two weeks in October with a toe injury before tweaking the ankle down the stretch.

The Vikings announced late Wednesday night they signed the former Raiders running back who rushed for 788 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns on 195 carries last season in Oakland. It’s a three-year deal worth roughly $15 million, sources told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

The Vikings, who released longtime starter Adrian Peterson in February, ranked last in the league in rushing yards per game in 2016, averaging just 75.3. Murray totaled 4.0 yards per carry last year and has rushed for 2,278 yards in his career.

“It was an experience, obviously it being my first time, I didn’t really know what to expect,” Murray said to the Vikings’ team site of his free agency experience. “But just glad to get the chance to play the game again with a great team with great history here in Minnesota.”

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