It seems almost illogical to imagine Adrian Peterson playing in a different uniform, but that may be what the future holds for the iconic Minnesota Vikings running back.
Now 29-years-old, Peterson is quickly creeping upon the infamous downward spiral so many fellow running backs have fallen victim to in their early 30's. Will Peterson be immune to such, given his track record? It's possible, but the NFL has seen legendary running backs such as LaDainian Tomlinson quickly fall from grace after they turned 30. Count the Vikings among those who reportedly fear Peterson could fall victim to a similar scenario.
Because of that, Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report believes Minnesota is looking to part ways with 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."
Freeman also cites an unnamed AFC general manager who believes this will be Peterson's final season with the Vikings.
"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."
In addition to the potential physical breakdown, the Vikings do have to worry about Peterson's annual albatross of a salary, which runs through the 2017 season. He has a 2014 base salary of 11.75 million, then $12.7 million in 2015 and $15.75 million in 2017. GALLERY: Rare photos of Adrian Peterson