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NFL Rumors: Minnesota Vikings looking to part ways with Adrian Peterson?

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 29: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings speaks to the crowd after the last game at the Metrodome against the Detroit Lions on December 29, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 29: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings speaks to the crowd after the last game at the Metrodome against the Detroit Lions on December 29, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
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Superstar running back Adrian Peterson is on the verge of hitting the ripe old age of 30. The consensus in the NFL is that running backs start to breakdown at 30 with arguably the best back in the league set to hit that mark in March of next year. Although Peterson continues to produce at a high level for the Minnesota Vikings, the team is rumored to be leaning toward parting ways with the veteran sooner rather than later, according to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report on May 10.

Peterson is coming off his seventh consecutive season rushing for 1,000 yards or more while scoring at least 10 rushing touchdowns. Solid numbers for a back that has battled injuries over the course of his career due to style of play, but the Vikings are preparing for the future. Parting ways might be what the team intends to do via Freeman:

The Vikings are looking for ways to part with superstar runner Adrian Peterson sooner rather than later. Peterson is 29 and when backs hit 30, their production usually drops off precipitously.

Not only is Peterson on the verge of hitting the age that every NFL team fears for a star running back, but his salary is enormous moving forward. Peterson will make $11.75 million next season and it continues to increase considerably the following two seasons.

In 2015, Peterson will earn in $12.75 million and then $15.75 million in 2016. Only time will tell if Peterson's body and production will hold up over the next few seasons that would merit such a large salary. The annual salary over the next three years is enough to convince plenty of teams in the league to part ways with a star player.

If Peterson's production does fall off, the team may attempt to trade him elsewhere, but it is uncertain if the Vikings will be able to find a taker. Next season will likely determine Peterson's fate in Minnesota with the team likely to weigh the pros and cons or parting ways with their face of the franchise.