It’s been nearly three years since the Minnesota Vikings parted ways with Adrian Peterson. However, while this Sunday’s match between the Vikings and the Detroit Lions will mark the future Hall of Famer’s third game against his former squad, he still feels the pain of getting thrown in the dumps by the franchise he called home for more than 11 seasons.
According the 35-year old’s father, Peterson is still hurting from his sour exit in Minnesota, per Dave Birkett of USA Today.
“I mean, if we’re being honest about it, hurt is there,” he said. “You remember who hurt you. The hurt that you felt when you’re negotiating a contract, you feel like you’re at the part of your contract where there’s no more guaranteed money, and we know they’re not going to pay ($18 million), but we never expected not to get an offer. Like, damn, we’re just through? And from that point on, I mean, they brought in Latavius Murray for what? You might as well have kept Adrian and gave him that money you gave him for what he did there. It didn’t work out. You followed it. You seen it yourself.”
To recall, Peterson had just gone through an injury riddled campaign where he missed all but three games in the 2016 season. In the final year of his deal with the Vikings, Minnesota did not exercise his $18-million option and let him walk in free agency.
Instead, they brought in Latavius Murray, who only went to play two seasons with the Vikings.
While it’s an understandable move from a business stand point, Minnesota played it dirty for their former franchise star, especially after everything he gave for them. And you couldn’t blame the former league MVP for still feeling the way he feels. Maybe the Lions back will take it out on his old team this weekend.
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