Monday, July 6, 2015

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According to a post by Bleacher Report Saturday, Adrian Peterson has expressed overt interest in playing for the Dallas Cowboys, but this option will reportedly not be entertained by the Vikings.

In the video with ESPN Insider Jason Cole, Cole tells us that Peterson wants to play in Dallas, and the Vikings “are aware” of this desire. He said the following:

“The Vikings do not want to trade him, in any way, shape or form, specifically to the Cowboys.”

Cole went on to say this:

“As easy as it is to say Peterson will probably play for the Vikings, [he] can make this very uncomfortable for the Vikings, creating a stare-down type of situation.”

Earlier this week, ESPN’s Ben Goessling released a story detailing a recent interview with Peterson in which the running back expressed a discomfort about staying in Minnesota following the entire ordeal.

“There were people [in the organization] that I trusted, who knew exactly what was said, that weren’t heard from,” Peterson said. “It’s hard to say [what my future will be].”

Peterson is restricted from making direct contact with teams at this point, so it’s hard to say how much has been explicitly communicated. Whether Peterson has made specific requests to be traded or not, it is becoming increasingly clear that he does not have warm and fuzzy feelings about wearing a purple jersey in 2015.

Peterson and representatives of the NFL Players Association were in Minnesota on Feb. 6, where Peterson underwent a hearing in federal court. Unless Judge David Doty rules in favor of an immediate reinstatement into the league, AP remains on the commissioner’s exempt list until April 15.

 

 

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According to a Thursday report by ESPN NFL writer Ben Goessling, Adrian Peterson remains undecided about his future with the Minnesota Vikings.

Peterson interviewed with ESPN late Thursday afternoon, speaking for the first time since appearing in Minneapolis on February 6th for a hearing in federal court — the NFL Player’s Association sued the league, arguing for Peterson’s immediate reinstatement.

Currently, Peterson cannot be reinstated until April 15th, when his status on the commissioner’s exempt list is lifted. Peterson told Goessling that he is “still uneasy” about rejoining the team in 2015, citing the Vikings’ joint efforts with the NFL to put him on that very list in September. According to Peterson, the decision was an “ambush” that left him unsure of his future in Minnesota.

The 2012 NFL MVP played one game for the Vikings last season, and is under contract for 2015 with a base salary of $12.75 million. In recent interviews, general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer have expressed whole-heartedly their desire to see Peterson back with the Vikings next season.

Spielman and the organization will have a tough decision to make in the coming months, but Peterson understands the nature of the NFL:

“It’s hard to say (what my future will be). I love Minnesota. There are people that have had my back, and supported me. Last year, with the things that took place, had a lot of fans that supported me through everything. For the fans, I would definitely love to come back, but then again, it’s a business, when it comes down to business, you can’t get caught up in the loyalty to fans or to a team or anything like that. You know how it is in the NFL. I learned a lot through this process. I’m still uneasy, to be honest with you. I’m still uneasy about a lot of things that took place within the organization. Of course those guys ultimately supported me, and I’m grateful for that. But ultimately, with me being able to be on the inside and see how cards were dealt, how things were worded, this, that and the other, it’s about protecting your brand, your organization, what you have built. In the (grand) scheme of things, not one person counts over that. I get that.”

The front office has made it clear that they want Peterson back in 2015. The question remains as to whether Peterson believes that. “I know there are a lot of people in the organization who want me back,” he said. “But then again, I know the ones who don’t. It’s a difficult transition, and it’s not just about me.”

Peterson went on to tell ESPN that he is also considering the well-being of his family, which goes beyond endorsements or paychecks. “I don’t know if that would be the case,” he said, commenting on a potential pay cut to stay in Minnesota. “But you know, as far as being happy, as far as my family being happy, it’s bigger than that.”

The 29-year-old running back is in the midst of an almost year-long hiatus from football, which has given him time to rest and reevaluate his current situation:

“Just having the time to sit back and clear my mind, this has really changed me mentally,” he said. “My approach to things is going to be on a different level. With the things I’ve been through the last year, things definitely have more meaning. When I’m able to apply that when I’m working out and getting ready for something, it’s always a great thing. It’s always great when I’m able to put in great quality work. I’m ready to shock the world.”

Yesterday, fans were convinced that Peterson was going to step on the field a Minnesota Viking in 2015. Today, they’re left wondering what the star running back will do — return to the Vikings, or join another team and truly “shock the world”?

Read Ben Goessling’s entire interview with Adrian Peterson at ESPN.com, and be sure to visit Vikings Territory for the latest Minnesota Vikings news and updates.

 

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As Austin Belisle recently posted, Vikings GM Rick Spielman “expects” Adrian Peterson to be back with the Vikings for the 2015 season.

The front office has made additional positive statements regarding Peterson in the months since his suspension, but these comments were the strongest made thus far in regards to the running back staying in Minnesota.

And last week, Vikings owner and president Mark Wilf said the following:

“Adrian has done a lot of good in this community. He’s done a lot for us on the football field as well, and of course, he’s a Minnesota Viking and we’d love to have him back […] a lot depends on the NFL and the steps he’s making on his own personal journey, but that’s where we’re at with it.’’

It’s probably safe to say that [most] Vikings fans are excited about this pretty blatant stance on Peterson’s side… but there are several other factors to consider.

Namely, if Peterson keeps the purple jersey, how much will it cost the Vikings?

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Earlier today, Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman fielded questions from the media at the NFL Scouting Combine. After publicly announcing his support for Adrian Peterson’s return this morning, Spielman addressed a range of topics, from Teddy Bridgewater’s fall in the 2014 draft to the development of Mike Zimmer’s defense.

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In recent years, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock has gained a reputation as one of industry’s brightest football minds, consistently sharing detailed film study and in-depth analysis with fans. His status as a draft guru has led to new coverage opportunities, specifically surrounding the ever-popular NFL Scouting Combine.

On Monday, Mayock held his annual pre-Combine conference call with the media, answering questions about this year’s prospects, the NFL Draft, and individual team needs. After sifting through the 28-page transcript, we dug up Mayock’s thoughts on the Minnesota Vikings, which touched on everything from the Adrian Peterson situation to Mike Zimmer’s draft strategy.

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