Could Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr hand off the football to running back Adrian Peterson in 2017?
The Vikings on Tuesday decided not to pick up their option on Peterson’s contract for the 2017 season. Peterson, 31, will become an unrestricted free agent March 9, though he still could return to the team that drafted him in 2007.
Oddsmakers at Bovada listed the Raiders as +900 (9/1) favorites to land Peterson behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+325, 13/4), Vikings (+500, 5/1), New York Giants (+500, 5/1) and Kansas City Chiefs (+500, 5/1).
Latavius Murray is a free agent and the Raiders could look to sign Peterson with DeAndre Washington, Jalen Richard and Taiwan Jones as the only running backs returning next season.
The Raiders would make an ideal fit for Peterson, who is looking to sign with a Super Bowl contender. The Raiders finished the season 12-4 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2002. The Raiders’ offense was solid due to the play of Carr, despite missing the final two games because of a broken right fibula.
Peterson had surgery to repair a right lateral meniscus tear Sept. 22 and returned in December, finishing the season with 37 rushes for 72 yards and no touchdowns. He missed the final two of the season with an adductor strain.