Editor's note: This story was originally published on Dec. 29, 2016. Peterson on Thursday, however, discussed his future and said he sees himself "in purple" next season but mentioned the New York Giants, Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as teams he might consider if he hits free agency.
Below is the full story from December with NFL front-office executives' thoughts on Peterson's future.
Has Adrian Peterson played his last game for the Minnesota Vikings? Peterson could miss the Vikings' season finale against the Chicago Bears, and the team has a difficult decision to make after the season.
Peterson's powerful legs -- he has rushed for 11,747 yards and 97 touchdowns in his career -- have taken Minnesota to the playoffs four times in his 10 years. The Vikings have a 79-79-1 record since he was drafted No. 7 overall in 2007, and they've won the NFC North three times.
Could the Vikings really say goodbye to one of the best running backs in NFL history, a future Hall of Famer who has been the face of the franchise? It's certainly possible, according to people I've talked to around the league.
Peterson will be 32 years old when the 2017 season begins and his cap hit will be $18 million, which would make him the highest-paid running back in the league -- by far. Minnesota, however, could cut him with no impact against its 2017 cap, as I'll explain later.
I asked five front-office executives for their thoughts on Peterson's future, and what the Vikings should -- and will -- do this offseason. The results give some insight into how the league views aging running backs -- no matter how good they were in the past.
Check out the execs' answers below in bold, followed by my takes: