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March 25 (The Sports Xchange) - Former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, still unemployed, says "it's not all about the money" and he is in no rush to sign with a new team.

Peterson took to Twitter early Saturday morning to dispute an ESPN report that he was still unsigned because of his $8 million salary request.

"It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately," Peterson tweeted. "You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million!"

The 32-year-old Peterson became an unrestricted free agent on March 9 after the Vikings decided not to pick up their option, which would have paid him $18 million, including a $6 million roster bonus.

"Here is something straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush," Peterson wrote on Twitter. "Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why ... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD."

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The Cincinnati Bengals released veteran linebacker Rey Maualuga, the team announced.

Maualuga, 30, was entering the last season of his contract and was due $3.6 million in salary and bonuses.

Maualuga, who was selected by the Bengals in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft, played in 114 games with 104 starts in his eight seasons with the Bengals, compiling 584 tackles, four sacks, seven interceptions and six forced fumbles.

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The Bengals also agreed to re-sign defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry, adding depth to the position.

Gilberry, 32, first joined the Bengals in 2012 and played through the 2015 season before leaving after four years to sign with the Detroit Lions last offseason. He suffered a sports hernia and was released after four games with the Lions.

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Three days before a potential vote that would cement the Raiders' move to Las Vegas, the city of Oakland submitted a revised plan for a $1.3 billion stadium on the site of the current home of the vagabond franchise.

Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf told ESPN on Friday, "What I am confident about is, if the Raiders want to stay in Oakland, we have a viable plan to build them a stadium with no upfront money from them, in financial terms that I believe are more favorable to them than the terms in Las Vegas -- what we know of them."

Raiders owner Mark Davis is said to have "great support" to move the franchise from Oakland after several years of failed contract talks with the city, which will soon lose the Golden State Warriors. The popular NBA franchise opted to move into San Francisco.

A vote could be held in Phoenix during the NFL owners meetings on Monday or Tuesday, with Davis needing 24 votes of 32 franchise owners in order to begin finalizing relocation to Vegas. (Editing by Gene Cherry)

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