MINNEAPOLIS -- Adrian Peterson, Minnesota's all-time leading rusher, will be an unrestricted free agent when the market opens next week.
As expected, the Vikings declined to exercise their option for next season on Peterson's contract. Peterson was scheduled to make $18 million in 2017, what would have been an unwieldy hit to their salary cap.
General manager Rick Spielman says the team will "continue to have conversations" with Peterson's representatives about the potential of re-signing the soon-to-be 32-year-old Peterson. He has played 10 seasons with the Vikings, who drafted him seventh overall out of Oklahoma in 2007.
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He is coming off a meniscus tear in his right knee that limited him to 72 yards on 37 carries over parts of three games.
Jets: Revis informed he will be released
NEW YORK -- The New York Jets have informed cornerback Darrelle Revis that they are releasing him, ending his second tenure with the team which was marked by a slip in play because of injuries and age.
Revis, 31, was scheduled to make $15 million, including a $2 million roster bonus, next season -- but that would have been a lofty salary for an aging player who admittedly had a subpar year.
The move Tuesday, which was expected, makes Revis a free agent while also clearing about $9.3 million on the salary cap.
Revis is also facing aggravated assault and other charges alleging he was in a fight with two men on Feb. 12 in Pittsburgh, but his legal issues aren't believed to have played a role in the Jets' decision.
Chiefs: Jamaal Charles era over
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chiefs released four-time Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles on Tuesday, clearing more than $6 million in salary cap space that they used to sign safety Eric Berry and offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif to long-term extensions.
Even though the move made business sense, it was still somewhat bittersweet.
Charles ran for 7,260 yards and 43 touchdowns in nine seasons with the Chiefs, and will finish as the franchise's career rushing leader. But a career that looked as if it would land Charles in the Hall of Fame has been derailed the past few years by injuries that have cut short seasons in his prime.
He tore his left ACL while taking an awkward step out of bounds in Detroit in 2011. He tore his right ACL against Chicago four years later. And after missing the start of last season, Charles returned to play in only three games, carrying 12 times for 40 yards, before requiring more operations on his knees.
The uncertainty about his future made it impossible for the Chiefs to swallow his salary.
"I have a great deal of admiration for Jamaal Charles, his toughness and what he's been able to achieve in his time in Kansas City," general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. "These decisions are never easy, but we felt it was in the best interests of the club to move on at this time.
"We wish Jamaal and his family the best of luck in their next step."
Redskins: Kirk Cousins tagged
WASHINGTON -- In a move that seemed the most likely at this point in the odd dance between Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins, the team placed the exclusive franchise tag on the starting quarterback on Tuesday.
The Redskins announced the news one day before the deadline for assigning tags to players.
Nearly a half-hour before the club itself sent out a news release about the move, Cousins' agent Mike McCartney tweeted about it, and Cousins wrote on the social media site: "Tag! I'm it!"
Coming off a pair of statistically impressive seasons, and a nearly $20 million salary under the franchise tag last season, Cousins is now in line for a one-year salary of about $24 million.
He also could wind up agreeing to a long-term contract with the Redskins sometime before July 15 -- or they also could decide to trade him, perhaps to a QB-starved team such as the San Francisco 49ers, whose new head coach is former Washington offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
By using the exclusive tag, the Redskins prevent Cousins from signing an offer sheet with another team. A year ago, they put a non-exclusive tag on him, and he immediately signed it.
Chiefs: Duvernay-Tardif inks 5-year extension
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chiefs have signed offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif to a five-year contract extension, locking up the former sixth-round pick before he reaches free agency next season.
Terms of the contract announced Tuesday weren't revealed, but the deal is believed to be worth $41.25 million, with $20 million guaranteed. That would make him one of the highest-paid offensive guards in the NFL.
Duvernay-Tardif was the 200th overall selection out of McGill University in Canada, and he arrived in Kansas City as a raw prospect brimming with potential. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound medical student quickly earned his way into the starting lineup, and has played 30 games with 27 starts over three seasons.
He started all but two games last season, when Kansas City won the AFC West.
Colts: DL Parry arrested in Arizona
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman David Parry has been arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona, on suspicion of assaulting the driver of a motorized cart and then stealing and crashing the vehicle.
Police say the 24-year-old showed signs of impairment when arrested early Saturday morning near where the cart was found crashed.
According to police, the driver had picked up Parry and two other people and that the alleged assault and theft occurred after the driver dropped off the other two people and got out to be paid.
Parry was a 2015 fifth round draft pick. He started all of the Colts' games in 2015 and 2016.
Police said they don't know if Parry has an attorney who could comment on the allegations of robbery, auto theft, criminal damage, resisting arrest and DUI.
Browns: 2nd-round tender placed on Crowell
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns have placed a second-round free-agent tender on running back Isaiah Crowell.
The tender -- worth $2.8 million -- would allow the Browns to match any contract offer Crowell might get from another team. If the Browns decided not to match an outside offer, they would receive a compensatory second-round draft pick for Crowell.
The 24-year-old rushed for 952 yards and scored seven touchdowns last season, and was one of the few bright spots as Cleveland went 1-15.
Coach Hue Jackson identified Crowell as one of the core players and the Browns would like to sign him to a long-term contract extension.
Crowell has run for 2,265 yards with Cleveland, which signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2014. Crowell averaged 4.8 yards per carry last season while falling just short of his goal of 1,000 yards.