Maybe the biggest name on the market, Peterson isn’t going to get paid like it — not at age 32 with a lengthy injury history that includes a knee surgery that sidelined him for most of 2016. He’s shown superhuman recovery ability in the past, but there’s no doubt that the end of Peterson’s career is on the horizon.
If he ends up leaving the Vikings, he’ll likely want it to be with a contender with an offensive line much better than Minnesota’s, which made way for the NFL’s worst rushing attack in 2016.
Last season was an amalgam of bad quarterback play from both Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert. The 49ers finished the season dead last in the league for passing offense, averaging just 181.9 yards per game. San Francisco ended up with two wins all season to show for it.
Look, maybe Jared Goff is the franchise quarterback of the future in Los Angeles, and the Rams certainly hope so, considering what they gave up to select him first overall in last year’s draft. But he sure didn’t inspire confidence in 2016, riding the bench until Week 11 despite Case Keenum throwing nine touchdown passes against 11 interceptions up to that point.
The USGA, for its part, replied to the most recent petition demand with a vague non-response.
“The USGA has a deep respect for the freedoms we all enjoy in our country to express our views,” the USGA told GolfDigest.com. “We are committed to fostering a game that is welcoming and inclusive to all who choose to play it, and ensuring our championships are conducted without discrimination and in a safe and secure manner for athletes, volunteers, staff and fans. We are excited to provide a comprehensive test of golf for the very best female players in the world.”
In addition to the fiery competition on the playing field among such luminaries as Kerr, Lydia Ko, and Inbee Park at the upcoming Women’s Open, expect fireworks outside the ropes as well. Should be quite the explosive week.