The Minnesota Vikings and Adrian Peterson ended their business relationship this off-season, a relationship that started with the team drafting the running back with the seventh overall selection in 2007 NFL Draft. Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman joined The Jim Rome Show Tuesday on CBS Sports Radio and said the decision to part ways with the 7-time Pro Bowler was very hard.
“Adrian has been here since I’ve been here. He’s maybe one of the all-time great running backs to ever play,” Spielman said. “He will always be a Minnesota Viking no matter where he ends up or how he finishes. I think he will be a future Hall of Famer that will go in as a Minnesota Viking, but those are very difficult decisions.”
Spielman and the organization were in constant communication with Peterson and his team leading up to the breakup.
“I think the best way to treat those is I try to be as up front and honest with him and his agent,” Spielman said. “Kept them informed on what was going on, where we were at in the process, and let them know we signed Latavius (Murray), that was the direction we were going, and I think that’s the best way to handle it, and I thought they appreciated at least the upfront and honesty on the direction that we were headed.”
The general manager said there were no hard feelings between he and Peterson.
“It ended on great terms. In fact, Adrian was texting me during the draft,” Spielman laughed. “So I always use to tease him like he was my assistant GM, but no, it ended on great terms.
“I know, like I said numerous times to Adrian, and I spoke to him the day after we signed Latavius, he was nothing but very appreciative of Minnesota, of the fans, of the organization, and it ended on extremely really really solid positive terms.”
Of course, Peterson has since signed with the New Orleans Saints, meaning he will be on the opposing sideline when the team hosts the Saints in their season opener.
“It will be awkward to say the least. It’s amazing how the league can set us up for Monday Night [Football] against New Orleans before Adrian even signs there, amazing how that works out,” Spielman laughed. “It should be a very electric atmosphere to open up and to go against one of the all-time greatest Minnesota Vikings on that Monday night. So I know we will be looking forward to the challenge, and I know he definitely will be looking forward to the challenge. I know our guys will be excited it will be the first time in his career that our guys actually get a chance to get to tackle him.
“It will be a very fun game, I think, for everybody. Very electric and there will be a lot of people out to prove a point.”