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Adrian Peterson a free agent after Vikings decline $18M US option

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota's all-time leading rusher, will be an unrestricted free agent when the market opens next week. He is coming off a meniscus tear in his right knee that limited him to 72 yards on 37 carries over parts of three games.

Minnesota GM won't rule out return of team's all-time leading rusher

The Vikings, as expected, have declined to exercise their $18 million US option for next season on running back Adrian Peterson's contract. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images/File)

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota's all-time leading rusher, will be an unrestricted free agent when the market opens next week.

As expected, the Vikings declined to exercise their option for next season on Peterson's contract. Peterson was scheduled to make $18 million in 2017, what would have been an unwieldly hit to their salary cap.

General manager Rick Spielman says the team will "continue to have conversations" with Peterson's representatives about the potential of re-signing the soon-to-be 32-year-old Peterson.

He has played 10 seasons with the Vikings, who drafted him seventh overall out of Oklahoma in 2007.

Peterson is coming off a meniscus tear in his right knee that limited him to 72 yards on 37 carries over parts of three games.

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