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At the University of Minnesota’s pro day on Monday, the media was able to catch up with Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, who touched on a number of topics.

Spielman was asked for an update on the Adrian Peterson situation and he explained that the team is now able to have open communications with Peterson, and that they are.

“We are able to have communication now with Adrian,” Rick Spielman said. “We’ll keep all those communications internal. I don’t want to sit here and give you guys a blow-by-blow every day. I think it’s been clearly stated that we want Adrian Peterson back. There’s no question about the talent, and he’s a unique talent, and he’s under contract with us next year.”

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Maybe I’m getting desensitized to the idea of drama surrounding the Minnesota Vikings.

You know, like how your favorite television series can begin to feel quite stale and repetitive after six or seven seasons? I’m not claiming to have all the answers, and I’m not saying I can’t get swept up in it, but after six years of writing about the Vikings I’m finding myself far less susceptible to being surprised than I once was.

I’ve fielded a lot of questions over the last couple of days regarding the Adrian Peterson situation. Each conversation ends with me being asked where I think he will end up, and it is obviously not one I can answer with a guarantee, but here are some of my thoughts on the “events” of this last week:

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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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It’s a long offseason. So it makes sense to go beyond the borders of the US to cultivate additional Minnesota Vikings awesomeness. I had the good fortune to be joined by The Daily Norseman founder Christopher Gates from Germany to talk about our favorite professional football team.

We chatted about Adrian Peterson’s future with the Purple (mandatory nowadays) and what the latest statements from ownership and the front office could really mean. Reminisced about Chris’ three favorite Vikings of all time: an o-lineman sized QB from Central Florida, some kid from the mountains of West Virginia, and a pint-sized CB who started the ‘private plane watching’ trend among Vikings fans (and always had 2 pair playing 30/60 at Canterbury).

Additionally, we covered the beauty of Teddy, the leadership of Zimmer and how why he’s a rarity in NFL coaches, I call Rick Spielman a top-3 GM, and I put Chris through the tried and true Gauntlet.

All that and other “the New Vikings Stadium will kill a bald eagle” conversations on Episode 101 of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

Full episode after the jump!

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