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May 30, 2015

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AP Talks On Twitter….

by Larry Leek
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Viking RB, Adrian Peterson

Vikings RB, Adrian Peterson was live and personal Thursday, May 28th on twitter, talking about the double sided world of honoring player contracts by players and team officials alike. Peterson entertained quite a crowd Thursday and tweeted such statements as:

“I love people who think they know it all! Smh, Research how many NFL teams hasn’t honored a player’s contract & learn something,” Peterson said over Twitter.

The running back continued, saying: “Question for the people, is a contract two sided or one?”

Peterson continued to discuss the treatment of players by teams, tweeting: “There’s never no talk about honoring a contract!”

He added, “I know hundreds of player’s that wished their team would’ve HONORED the contract! But instead got threw to the side like like trash.”

NFL Network’s Albert Breer chimed in on the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Peterson’s future with the organization: “Here’s the deal — Peterson felt betrayed by the Vikings. Has wanted Vikes to up guarantees to rebuild trust. Team sees things differently.”

Peterson would later provide clarification on his earlier rant:

“To clarify, since analysts & everyone else have the answers to what place in MY Heart this “rant” came from. This is not against the Vikings. I am just frustrated that our union did not get guaranteed contracts for its players. NFL players deserve guaranteed contacts like Our NBA and MLB brothers. Owners have the right to release players, at will, without honoring their contracts. However, players do not have the luxury of saying that they want out of their contract. And I won’t even get into the franchise tag conversation”.

This is Whats On My Sports Mind about this subject….

Everything AP said is 100% true. There’s been hundreds of times over the years where a players with a multi year contracts were taken into GM offices and told FORGET your old contract, this is your NEW one. Sign it or get traded.

The thing AP failed to mention is that 99% of the time it’s the status (OR stats) of the player that ultimately determines the validity of their contract when it comes to fulfilling it and usually by the time it takes place in most cases, the player has already did his part in not honoring a contract, so once the players performance slips over time due to age or injuries, teams return the favor so to speak.

Owners are always releasing players without honoring their contracts, but more often than not at some point in time prior to it happening, that same player has held out for more money while still under contract. So it works both ways

The best thing AP can do at the end of the day (As I’m sure he does OR should know) is to realize that to the NFL as well as the players it’s a business and like trying to win a starting position on the team, as far as the financial side is concerned nothing there is guaranteed either.

It’s obvious that IF Adrian Peterson is going to continue playing in the NFL, it’s going to be with the Vikings since the draft has come and gone for a month now and still no trade talks between the Vikes and other teams. So it’s obvious that to other teams, Peterson is just not worth the price or he would have been dealt by now.

If I were the Vikings GM or owner there’s NO WAY I would give the aging back a new contract. He is still owed $44.25 million on his current contract which runs thru 2017.,

He missed most all of last season due to his suspension for child abuse and everyone has to be concerned as to how much Peterson has left in the tank.

So Whats On Your Sports Mind on this subject….

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