General Manager Rick Spielman declined to exercise the option in Peterson's contract for this coming season and recently signed former Oakland Raiders rusher Latavius Murray. Peterson was named to 7 Pro Bowls, four All-Pro teams, and won Rookie of the Year and league MVP during his Vikings career.
Even with the league-leading 1,485 yards he rushed for in 2015 - and factoring in his receiving totals - Peterson has cost the Vikings about $18,000 per yard over the past three years.
With Peterson looking for a new team, Minnesota is moving on with a scheduled visit by Murray later today.
Free agent offensive guard Jermon Bushrod re-signed with the Miami Dolphins after starting all 16 games last season.
Murray was a sixth-round draft pick of the Raiders out of Central Florida in 2013. He's rushed for almost 12,000 career yards and almost 100 career touchdowns.
"It's a business and I had to make a decision that was best for me and the place I knew I could have success at and get an opportunity", Murray said.
Is it the fact that the soon-to-be 32-year-old running back struggles to run out of the shotgun?
The Packers could also put themselves in the mix to add Peterson with Lacy choosing to join the Seahawks in free agency earlier this week. Until Peterson realizes that he'll be making far, far less than he ever has, he won't be inclined to sign a contract with the frame of mind necessary to embrace, and not resent, his next employer. He has long said he believes he can play deep into his 30s.
Oakland, who has been rumored to have some interest in Peterson, still has a plethora of salary-cap space at their disposal with just over $38 million in financial flexibility. "I came into Dallas (in 2003) and (hall of famer) Emmitt Smith was cut the year before I got there".