2013 Could Be Final Year For Toby Gerhart with Minnesota Vikings

By Andrew Fisher
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I think it’s pretty safe to assume that Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart probably wasn’t thrilled with his 2012 season. I’m sure he was thrilled with the team’s success, but he just didn’t get a whole lot of playing time. In fact, 2012 was the worst statistical season Gerhart has had, as he only rushed for 169 yards.

Clearly, when a running back has a season like Adrian Peterson did, the backup is unlikely to get many carries. I’m not saying Gerhart had a bad season, because he did well for the most part when in the game, but at what point has he had enough in Minnesota?

Peterson is still in his prime won’t be going anywhere for several years. Gerhart is going into the final year of his rookie contract and will become an unrestricted free agent in 2014.

Gerhart staying in Minnesota would mean that he’d be content to be a backup basically for the rest of his career. I just don’t think he’s willing to do that. I think he’ll probably go to a team where he has a chance to be a starter, because that’s just not going to happen with the Vikings.

I’m sure he likes being a Viking and everything, but career-wise, Gerhart is probably better served on another team. I hate to say it, but it’s just the reality. I wouldn’t blame him for a minute if he went elsewhere.

In the meantime, I hope that Gerhart does get more carries and more involved in the short passing game in 2013. As for his long-term future, it’s definitely a question mark.


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