Vikings Favored on Adrian Peterson Odds
- Updated: March 2, 2017
Adrian Peterson is set to become a free agent next week after Minnesota declined to exercise the former NFL MVP’s option for the 2017 season. However, the Vikings are still +400 betting favorites to have Peterson on their roster for the opening game of the upcoming season.
Peterson endured an injury-plagued campaign in 2016, amassing just 72 rushing yards in three appearances before being sidelined by a season-ending knee injury. That marked the second time in the past three seasons that the 2012 NFL MVP missed substantial time after being suspended for the final 15 games of the 2014 season.
While Peterson rebounded to lead the NFL in rushing yards and touchdown runs during the 2015 season, the Vikings were unwilling to pick up the $17.75 million salary attached to his 2017 option. However, they are reportedly working on a new deal with Peterson prior to the opening of free agency on March 9.
If the Vikings are unable to ink a new deal with their 2007 first-round draft pick there is no shortage of potential suitors. Most notable are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who closely follow the favored Minnesota Vikings with +450 odds of having Peterson on their roster to open next season.
The Buccaneers emerged as one of the surprises of last season, going 9-7 to finish with a winning record for the first time in six years. However, Tampa Bay ranked 24th in team rushing last season, and currently trails at a distant +4000 on the Super Bowl LII odds.
Giants, Chiefs, Raiders Follow the Leaders
The New York Giants have been suggested as a potential destination for Peterson since the end of last season, and join the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders as +500 bets to come to terms with the 31-year-old running back.
The Giants averaged a dismal 88.3 rushing yards per game during the 2016 regular season and have an opening in the backfield after releasing veteran rusher Rashad Jennings in mid-February.
The Chiefs also have a backfield hole to fill after releasing the oft-injured Jamaal Charles earlier this week, while the uncertain status of impending free agent rusher Latavius Murray could make the Raiders a serious bidder for Peterson’s services.
After tallying just 11 total touchdown runs last season, the Green Bay Packers have emerged as a possible new home for Peterson with +900 odds, followed by the New England Patriots, who sit alongside the Carolina Panthers at +1200.
*Odds as of March 2, 2017