Adrian Peterson Could Use Retirement as Leaverage in Standoff With Vikings
The drama between Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings continues as one report states that the former Pro Bowler may consider retirement as a way to get away from the Vikings. Peterson is already losing $250,000 after deciding not to show up to organized team activities, and he could be fined for missing future team activities if he doesn't show up.
Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com suggested today that Peterson may be weighing the option of retiring if the Vikings don't trade him or offer a new contract that he and his agent Ben Dogra are asking for as a showing "of commitment to make him retire as a Viking."
This isn't the first time retirement has come up from the Peterson camp after his suspension. In a December 2014 phone interview with ESPN, he admitted he he had considered retirement. As he stated,
I've considered retiring from the NFL," Peterson said. "I still made $8 million dollars this year. I've thought about getting back into the real estate (business in Texas) I'm already in. That's something I've been interested in, something I'm involved in. I've thought about getting back into that. I've thought about going after the Olympics -- you only live once. It might be time for me to pursue that, as well. I love playing football, don't get me wrong, but this situation is deeper than that. For me, it's like, 'Why should I continue to be a part of an organization or a business that handles players the way they do? Making money off the field anyway, why not continue to pursue that (Olympic) dream and pursue other dreams and hang up the cleats?
The retirement idea, if it plays out, may seem like a play to encourage the Vikings to trade him and get something in return, rather than just to lose him; but Peterson also has something to lose if he actually follows through with his retirement threat. As Ross Tucker of NBCSN reports, he has a big payday he would be walking away from.