Vikings won’t pick up Adrian Peterson’s 2017 option

If Minnesota brings back Adrian Peterson next season, it won’t be at his current asking price.

The Vikings on Tuesday announced that they will not exercise Peterson’s option for 2017, meaning the star running back will become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year launches on March 9.

With Peterson set to count an unruly $18 million against the salary cap next season, the decision comes as little surprise.

“Adrian is an important part of the Minnesota Vikings organization,” said team general manager Rick Spielman in a statement. “We will continue to have conversations with his representatives and leave our future options open while determining what is best for both parties moving forward.”

Peterson chimed in with a statement of his own, per ESPN, to indicate that a reunion remains a possibility.

“It’s been a great 10 years with the Minnesota Vikings. They know what I bring to the organization as a player, with my work ethic and dedication. I spoke with Rick Spielman this past weekend. The door is still open to find some common ground. I understand addressing the offensive line is one of their main priorities this offseason. In the meantime, I will explore my other options and see what path God leads me on. My main goal…