With the release of Eric King today and yesterdays release of Shaun Rogers, I don't think I'm the only Lions fan that is wondering why Julian Peterson is still on our roster. Our general manager Martin Mayhew has already stated publicly that Peterson will be released (I believe Peterson is due a roster bonus at some point) and many thought the day the Lions were able to release him, they would do so.
Well he's still on the roster and we can only speculate as to why. While I suppose they may be holing onto him to try and trade him for a low round pick or a backup player, I'd like to point out another option.
I think the front office is holding a grudge against him. I think that they are going to hold onto him until the lockout starts (on March fourth) thus hindering his chances of signing with another team and reducing his value to other teams once he is free to sign. I think this is a message to all players that wear the Detroit Lions jersey that taking plays off and not giving your full effort WILL NOT be tolerated.
I think we can all agree that Julian Peterson didn't play up to the hype since his arrival in the D. I also think most will agree that JP took a play or thirty off this season. We all know how he has played in the past and even if he's lost a step, that's not the end of the world for a linebacker. Guys like Ray Lewis may loose a step as they age but their extensive NFL experience and knowledge of the game makes up for that. Julain CAN still play, I believe anyway, but he just wasn't motivated to and I truly believe that the Lions are getting back at him for it.
Does JP really have any trade value? Am I right about the grudge I suspect the FO holds?