Updated: May 12th, 2014 8:14am
Report: Vikings aim to part with Peterson 'sooner rather than later'

Report: Vikings aim to part with Peterson 'sooner rather than later'

by Derek Wetmore
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Adrian Peterson might not be part of the Vikings for too much longer, according to a report from Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman. (Freeman previously worked for CBS Sports and the New York Times, among other places.)

Peterson is 29, and as Freeman notes, running backs' production generally falls off a cliff at that magic age. 

Here's how Freeman begins the section about Peterson:

The Vikings are looking for ways to part with superstar runner Adrian Peterson sooner rather than later. Peterson is 29 and when backs hit 30, their production usually drops off precipitously. Backs age in dog years, and despite Peterson's adamantium bone structure, he isn't impervious to aging.

The star running back signed a 7-year, $100 million contract in 2011. The chances he sees the end of that contract already seemed doubtful.

From Freeman:

"My personal opinion," said one AFC general manager, "is this (coming) season will be Peterson's last with the Vikings. Despite the cap hit, they'll make some sort of move to get him off the roster."    

The reason?

Aside from the inevitable decline in production, Peterson's salary is set to escalate as he ages. 

Here's his base salary by year for the res of the deal:

2014: $11.75M

2015: $12.75M

2016: $14.75M

2017: $15.75M

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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