“Hey Football Gods, if you wanna bring Adrian Peterson to Denver I wouldn’t be mad,” Broncos fan Parker Browning tweeted in the moments after the Vikings announced Tuesday they would not exercise the 2017 option on the star running back’s contract.
Fellow Broncos fan Matt Tuttle wrote, “Tony Romo and Adrian Peterson teaming up in Denver?”
Football fans, analysts and writers began speculating and dreaming while reacting to the news that could mean the end of Peterson’s career in Minnesota.
The social media account “Life Of A Vikes Fan” tweeted, “Us Vikings fans were very lucky to be able to watch a player like @AdrianPeterson every week. He’s a once in a lifetime player!”
Don’t say goodbye just yet.
The Vikings press release and statement from general manager Rick Spielman indicated the team would continue to have conversations with Peterson’s representation to determine what is best for both parties.
Many of the football analysts sounding off on Twitter Tuesday afternoon also alluded to the possibility Peterson will stay in Minnesota. However, others share the opinion that Peterson will continue his career elsewhere. Some of the regularly mentioned destinations are Tampa Bay, Kansas City, the New York Giants, New England, Green Bay, Oakland and Seattle.
Oddsmakers at Bovada, the online betting website, predict Tampa Bay as the 3-to-1 favorite to land Peterson. The Vikings, Giants and Chiefs have 5-to-1 odds. Carolina has 7-to-1 odds, New England 8-to-1, Green Bay and Washington 10-to-1, Oakland 12-to-1, Seattle 14-to-1 and Philadelphia 20-to-1.
Here is a sampling of the serious and silly reaction to the news:
Think the Bucs make more sense for Adrian Peterson than the Giants. Don't see the Patriots signing him.— Elliot Harrison (@HarrisonNFL) February 28, 2017
I'd love to see Adrian Peterson sign with the Patriots and win the Super Bowl here at US Bank Stadium.— Life Of A Vikes Fan (@SkolBros) February 28, 2017
Hey Football Gods, if you wanna bring Adrian Peterson to Denver I wouldn't be mad....... ��������— Parker Browning (@PBrowning3) February 28, 2017
I'm told playing alongside established QB will be strong consideration for Adrian Peterson.Not deal-breaker, but it's a criterion— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) February 28, 2017
Not to be lost in Adrian Peterson equation: Giants RB coach Craig Johnson knows Peterson from Minn. Johnson was Vikings QBs coach 2011-13.— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) February 28, 2017
Brace yourselves. Here come the Adrian Peterson to the Seahawks narratives.— C.J. Tumbarello (@Tumbarello16) February 28, 2017
Throwing this out there...SB champ #Patriots could possibly get Adrian Peterson (on friendly deal) & No. 1 NFL Draft pick & lose 0 starters.— Al Butler (@ALaboutSports) February 28, 2017
All these Adrian Peterson to Raiders rumors ��— Moreno (@Moreno) February 28, 2017
At least my 3 Adrian Peterson jerseys will be ironic throwbacks in about five years.— Eric Thompson (@eric_j_thompson) February 28, 2017
Can't wait to find out where Adrian Peterson spends his "Emmitt Smith on the Cardinals" years.— Mike Tanier �� (@MikeTanier) February 28, 2017
Lol at fans saying the Lions should sign Adrian Peterson. Come on you guys are better than that...— Quinn's Quest (@JustWinDetroit) February 28, 2017
PRIME Adrian Peterson is the 2nd best Running back I have ever seen (Barry Sanders). But prime has come & gone, signing him not a good idea— Blackhanside (@blackhanside) February 28, 2017
Jerry Jones upon hearing Adrian Peterson will be a free agent: pic.twitter.com/aueAAzscSb— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) February 28, 2017
The Cowboys pursuing Adrian Peterson makes about as much financial/depth chart sense as the Cowboys keeping both Tony Romo and Dak Prescott.— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) February 28, 2017
Cowboys could use as depth behind Ezekiel Elliott and Adrian Peterson https://t.co/FoMCXrEv5K— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) February 28, 2017
Not one Adrian Peterson question. I've never been more proud of Cardinals fans.— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) February 28, 2017
The Falcons are not signing former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson so please stop asking us about it https://t.co/SqpaSYE7PY— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) February 28, 2017
The Browns are at the bottom but no one in Berea is calling about old head Adrian Peterson.— Ken Carman (@KenCarman) February 28, 2017
Tony Romo and Adrian Peterson are expected to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, sources say via LeBron James.— Landon Fall (@LandonFall) February 28, 2017