Vikings taking a look at Green Bay's Lacy to replace AP
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—The Vikings have a possible replacement for Adrian Peterson in mind.
Packers free-agent running back Eddie Lacy will visit Minnesota, his agency, Sports Trust Advisors, said Thursday in a tweet. He also will visit Seattle and Green Bay, where he has played the past four seasons.
Peterson officially became a free agent Thursday for the first time since he entered the NFL in 2007. The Vikings last week declined his $18 million option for 2017.
The tweet on Lacy did not mention the day he will visit Minnesota. It said that the visits will be done in the next four days and the order of teams listed was the Seahawks, Vikings and Packers.
Lacy rushed for 1,179 yards as a rookie in 2013 and 1,139 in 2014, but has had weight and injury problems the past two years, gaining 758 yards in 15 games in 2015 and 360 in five games in 2016.
Lacy has had plenty of big games against the Vikings. In seven career appearances against them, he has carried 139 times for 618 yards, including four 100-yard games and a 94-yard effort.
The Vikings have not closed the door on re-signing Peterson, but he would have to take a steep pay cut from the $12 million he made last season. Peterson apparently wants too much money at this point for any team to reach a deal with him on the first day of free agency.
Running back Matt Asiata also is a free agent, and he might not return. With Peterson and Asiata both coming off the roster Thursday, that left Jerick McKinnon, Bishop Sankey and C.J. Ham as the team's only running backs.
Those three have combined for 2,110 career NFL rushing yards. That's just 13 more than Peterson rushed for himself in 2012, when his 2,097 yards were the second-most in NFL history.
Peterson's father, Nelson Peterson, said his son, who turns 32 on March 21, is willing to be patient before signing with a team.
"There's no worries,'' he said. "There's no hurry. There's no rush to do anything.''
One veteran running back who apparently is drawing more interest than Peterson is Jamaal Charles, 30, who was released last month by the Kansas City. Charles and Peterson reportedly will visit Seattle.
Nelson Peterson said this earlier this week that the Seahawks and Oakland were the two most likely landing spots for his son if he doesn't return to Minnesota. However, Peterson's salary demands apparently have made those teams not want to go hard after him immediately.
It's unsure what sort of salary Lacy might command. He is coming off a four-year, $3.39 million deal on his rookie contract and had a base salary last year of $867,602.