One of the big reasons Adrian Peterson had the historic season that he did was due to the man blocking in front of him, Jerome Felton. The fifth-year fullback had a career season as well, blocking himself all the way to Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections.
When Felton was originally signed last off-season, it certainly wasn’t a high-profile signing. Most casual Minnesota Vikings fans had never heard of the fullback, maybe only noticing him in matchups against his former team, the Detroit Lions.
Things didn’t get off to a good start as Felton was arrested for being passed out drunk in a McDonald’s drive through last summer, but the team retained him and he became the starting fullback.
Fast-forward several months and Felton will be an unrestricted free agent once the season officially ends. In 2012 he made a meager $700,000 on a one-year deal. Safe to say, it will take a lot more than that to re-up the now All-Pro fullback.
Felton has made it clear that he’d like to stay in Minnesota and that he does not want to test the market.
“Obviously you never know how it’s going to turn out. I know it’s a business and all that. I feel good about being here, so I hope that they get something done before that. That’s my goal.”
He has already met with GM Rick Spielman, and it seems that the Vikings want Felton back as much as he’d like to stay with them. So far it’s been great with he and Peterson in the backfield, and fans can only hope a deal is struck in the near future, because the Vikings cannot afford to lose Felton. Fullbacks are no doubt underrated, but not in the case of Minnesota.
They must prioritize re-signing Felton to keep their All-Pro backfield intact if they want to build on their ten-win season.
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