Vikings Claim Ben Tate, Sealing Adrian Peterson’s 2014 Fate (And Likely Minnesota Career)
It was all but certain that Adrian Peterson wouldn't play again this year after an arbitrator ruled that the NFL could keep the Vikings RB on the NFL Exempt/Commissioner's Permission List (a list he agreed to join willingly back in September, much to his November dismay). But now the Vikings have put the nail in his 2014-15 season by claiming Browns castoff Ben Tate:
The #Vikings have claimed Ben Tate, source says, after learning Adrian Peterson won’t play for them this year, pending appeal
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 19, 2014
Tate is only under contract for $2 million next season (and less than a million this year). Meanwhile, Peterson's cap hit is over $15 million for the next two years, and $17 million after that. Depending on how Tate and rookie Jerick McKinnon perform, it's highly possible that the Vikings cut Peterson before next season.
Now, will Tate actually run for over 170 yards and three touchdowns the rest of the way with the Vikings, as predicted by Michael Florio? That remains to be seen.
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