Adrian Peterson’s contract demands are the reason the running back remains on the market two weeks into the free agency signing period, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports.
According to Fowler, Peterson is looking for more than $8 million in the first year of his contract, which is a lot more than teams are willing to shell out. Despite the former NFL MVP’s reputation as one of the best playmakers of the modern era, that is a steep request for the current veteran tailback climate.
Eddie Lacy, one of the first running backs signed in free agency, took a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks worth up to $5.5 million that includes a weight clause.
Despite rushing titles in 2012 and 2015, Peterson turned 32 this month and missed 13 games in 2016 with a knee injury. The Vikings did not pick up Peterson’s option year and instead signed former Oakland Raiders tailback Latavius Murray in free agency.
The Green Bay Packers have interest in meeting with Peterson, but that might not happen until after next month’s draft, according to ESPN’s Ben Goessling.