Adrian Peterson Update: Cris Carter Thinks Minnesota Vikings Released Former Star Because of His 'Expiration Date'

By Teddy Cecilio, Posted: 03/20/17 05:00AM EDT

Former Minnesota Vikings star wide receiver and Hall of Famer Cris Carter believes that the team released running back Adrian Peterson because he exceeded his "expiration date." The Vikings recently declined Peterson's 2017 team option and decided to move on, signing Latavius Murray to a three-year deal worth $15 million.

"I didn't think (Peterson) would finish his career with the Vikings,'' Carter told St. Paul Pioneer-Press . "If you look at the number of times he's been injured the last couple of years and then also the price, what's going to be your price point? Eventually, everybody has an expiration date."

Carter had the same experience with Peterson during his stint with the Vikings. Carter played for Minnesota from 1990 to 2001, but he ended his career with the Miami Dolphins. Carter was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.

Carter believes that Peterson has some football left in him despite his age. "Adrian hasn't practiced a lot the last two years, so I think it's affected his overall ability to be effective in the game," Carter said.

Peterson, now an unrestricted free agent, is the Vikings' career rushing leader with 11,747 yards and 97 touchdowns. He was four-time All-Pro with seven 1,000-yard rushing seasons in nine years, including the second-best total in NFL history of 2,097 yards in 2012.

However, Peterson's next career stop is uncertain. He visited Seattle, but the Seahawks ended up signing former Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants, Raiders, Houston Texans and the Packers are also possible destinations for Peterson.

The Vikings will move on with Murray, who led the Oakland Raiders in rushing the past two seasons. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2015 after rushing for 1,066 yards and six touchdowns. He has rushed for 2,278 yards and 20 touchdowns (12 in 2016) in 45 games (31 starts).

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