Adrian Peterson has assured the Minnesota Vikings his non-participation at voluntary OTAs was a business decision and not personal. He is not looking to be traded by the Vikings, but is angry that the NFL Player’s Association does not guarantee contracts like the NBA and Major League Baseball.
The Vikings are guaranteeing Peterson’s 12.75 million dollar contract for the 2015 season, but Peterson is concerned starting with the 2016 season since all the guaranteed money of his contract will have run out. He wants guaranteed assurances beyond this season.
Peterson took to Twitter to rant about his contract situation.
“I love people who think they know it all. Smh, Research how many NFL teams hasn’t honored a player’s contract & learn something. Question for the people, is a contract two sided or one? Ok great two sided! Well why when one party decides … Mr. ? we want you to take a pay cut now or better yet flat out release you! There’s never no talk about honoring a contract!”
Vikings’ coach said Peterson will only play for the Vikings. “If he doesn’t suit up for Minnesota, then he should retire,” said Zimmer. Peterson has no problem with Zimmer and their relationship appears strong. It just comes down to Peterson’s financial future.
In another Twitter post, Peterson went on a rant about how the team has so much power over players when it comes to contracts.
“I know hundreds of player’s that wished their team would’ve HONORED the contract! But instead got threw to the side like trash. A lill crazy how one side has so much power that they can do as they please when it come to the contract!”
After Peterson was bashed in response to his Twitter rants, he went back to Twitter to make the following statement.
“Owners have the right to release players, at will, without honoring their contracts.”
I agree with Peterson that owners have the upper hand in contracts. If a player is slated to make a high salary and the contract has already been paid all of the guaranteed money, then the team could choose to cut the player if he refuses to take a pay cut. This happens all the time in the NFL and could possibly happen with the Dallas Cowboys and cornerback Brandon Carr after June 1.
The NFL has the shortest average career span of the major sports and is the most dangerous. I can’t blame Peterson for being disappointed the NFL Player’s Association has not been able to negotiate fully guaranteed contracts like the player associations for the NBA and MLB. Peterson is 30 years old and has already come back from a torn ACL. He could tear his knee up late in the season and miss most of the 2016 season that is not guaranteed. The Vikings could then ask Peterson to take a pay cut from his non-guaranteed salary or cut him altogether. I am sure Peterson would have many suitors, but the guaranteed offers might be lower coming off an injury and the fact Peterson would be 31 before the 2016 season.
And that’s as I see it!
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