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Vikes undecided on $18M Peterson option

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Time is running out for Adrian Peterson and the Vikings to work out a way for the venerable running back to stay in Minnesota.

With the increasing likelihood of a split after 10 seasons together, the two sides have not spoken yet about a path to a future if there's even a mutual desire for it. General manager Rick Spielman sounded Thursday a little like he was eulogizing the franchise's all-time leading rusher.

"In my mind, regardless of whether Adrian is here or not here next year because of whatever happens, he will always be a Minnesota Viking," Spielman said.


Dallas facing Cards in Hall of Fame game

CANTON, Ohio (AP) Dallas and Arizona will play in the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 3.

With Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner being inducted into the hall this year, the matchup makes sense.


Movie about Patriots' Brady in works

BOSTON (AP) Tom Brady: The Movie?

A new book and a major motion picture are in the works about the New England Patriots' star quarterback and the "Deflategate" suspension he overcame to earn an unprecedented fifth Super Bowl ring.


Ex-Purdue coach Hazell joins Vikes staff

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have hired former Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell as their wide receivers coach.

Hazell's deal was finalized Thursday along with the staff for 2017 under head coach Mike Zimmer.


Bucs cut Verner, save $6.5M against cap

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released cornerback Alterraun Verner on Thursday.

Verner, 28, played for the Bucs from 2014-16, appearing in 46 games with 23 starts, totaling 141 tackles, 20 passes defensed, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and a half sack. He was a high-priced free agent in 2014, leaving Tennessee for a four-year, $25.5 million contact.


Ex-Jets DL charged with attacking teen

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Authorities say former New York Jets defensive lineman Scott Mersereau has been charged with punching a 15-year-old boy after accusing the teen of egging his South Florida home.

The Palm Beach Post ( ) reports that Mersereau was arrested and charged with child cruelty after a confrontation Saturday.


Jets cut veterans K Folk, OT Giacomini

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have released two veterans, tackle Breno Giacomini and Nick Folk.

Needing to free up salary cap room, the Jets let go of Folk, their second leading career scorer, and right tackle Giacomini on Thursday. That will save them about $7.5 million, $3 million for Folk and $4.5 million for Giacomini.


Belichick on Hernandez's witness list

BOSTON (AP) New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (BEHL'-ih-chik) has been added to a list of people who could be called to testify at the double murder trial of former player Aaron Hernandez.

Belichick's name appeared on a list of possible witnesses filed Tuesday by Hernandez's defense.


Jags TE Thomas passes Dolphins physical

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Tight end Julius Thomas has passed his physical with the Miami Dolphins in a precursor to a trade that will be completed next month, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Thomas took the physical as part of a two-day visit to the team's headquarters, said the person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because no trade can be completed before the new league year begins on March 9.


Marino officially retires as Dolphin

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) The Miami Dolphins have signed free agent quarterback Dan Marino.

Yes, that one.