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Minnesota Vikings (8-8)


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@ Jax
W 25-16
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vs. Ind
L 6-34
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@ GB
L 25-38
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vs. Chi
W 38-10
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RB Adrian Peterson a free agent after 10 years with Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Adrian Peterson, Minnesota's all-time leading rusher and a first-team All-Pro pick in four of his 10 seasons with the Vikings, will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career when the market opens next week.

The Vikings as expected said Tuesday they will not exercise their option for 2017 on Peterson's contract, which called for him to make $18 million. That would have been an unwieldly hit to their salary cap and by far the highest figure in the NFL for a running back. Pittsburgh's decision to place the franchise tag on Le'Veon Bell will likely mean a $12 million-plus salary for the 25-year-old, but nobody else at the position in the league is even close.

The Vikings left the door open for Peterson to return to the team that drafted him in 2007 with the seventh overall pick, only at a much lower price. The fact that they announced their decision nine days before the deadline was an indication that little dialogue about a new deal has taken place to date. General manager Rick Spielman told reporters last week that he had not yet spoken at that point to Peterson or his agents about the future.

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NFC North Division
TeamWLTPct
xy-Green Bay 1060.625
x-Detroit 970.563
Minnesota 880.500
Chicago 3130.188
Full Standings
Leaders
Pass Yds: S. Bradford3877
Pass TDs: S. Bradford20
Rush Yds: J. McKinnon539
Rush TDs: M. Asiata6
Rec Yds: A. Thielen967
Rec TDs: K. Rudolph7
Int: X. Rhodes5
Sacks: D. Hunter12.5
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 5041 (28)
Passing Yards: 4119 (17)
Rushing Yards: 1205 (32)
Points per game: 20.4 (23)
Yards per game: 315.1 (28)
Touchdowns: 29 (28)
Field Goals: 27 (16)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 5038 (3)
Passing Yards: 3637 (4)
Rushing Yards: 1711 (20)
Points per game: 19.2 (6)
Yards per game: 314.9 (3)
Touchdowns: 31 (4)
Field Goals: 28 (21)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
Injuries
Date Player Status
1/1 A. Peterson knee, groin (Out)
1/1 A. Sendejo knee (Out)
1/1 A. Boone back (Doubtful)
1/1 S. Diggs hip (Doubtful)
1/1 L. Treadwell ankle (Doubtful)
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