It looks like Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley will keep his job with the organization, but his press conference Monday sent a message that he isn’t very tuned in to the team’s decision-making process.
“I wasn’t privy to any part of Rex Ryan being fired until I was told by [Bills owner] Terry Pegula,” Whaley told reporters. “We usually have those discussions at the year-end evaluation along with all the players, all our staff, all my staff. I wasn’t privy to that conversation so I can’t answer that.”
SB Nation’s Thomas George reported that Rex Ryan asked ownership that, if the plan was to fire him, to do it as soon as possible rather than wait until after the season. But the ownership’s choice to make that decision while leaving the team’s general manager entirely in the dark seems baffling.
Peterson is due to receive a $6 million roster bonus in March and receive an $11.75 million base salary in 2017. The Vikings have until Feb. 5 to decide if they will pick up his 2017 salary or avoid the $18 million cap hit.
“I’ve been taking in a lot here the past couple weeks, and just the fans here,” Peterson said, via Vikings.com. “I’ve been here for 10 years, and we have a great team. We have some great things going on in Minnesota. I would love to continue to be a part of that.
“I’m going into this thinking about my guys and wanting to be back with my guys. [I realize] that at the end of the day, it is a business, so I always just let the chips fall where they may. But I would love to finish my career here and try to help bring a Super Bowl to Minnesota.”
Peterson was the No. 7 overall selection in the 2007 NFL draft and has 11,747 career rushing yards with the Vikings along with 97 rushing touchdowns. With 253 more rushing yards, he would become the 16th player in NFL history to reach 12,000 yards and he needs three more rushing touchdowns to become the ninth player to reach 100.