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Adrian Peterson Re-Joins Vikings at OTAs

UPDATE: The Vikings have announced that Mike Zimmer and Adrian Peterson will be available at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday for a press conference at Winter Park. You can view the live stream at Vikings.com

 

The Adrian Peterson saga is settling down… at least for now.

According to ESPN’s Ben Goessling, Peterson re-joined the Vikings at OTA’s Tuesday morning.

Goessling reported that the running back’s return has been in the works since last week, and that Peterson “greatly respects” Coach Zimmer, which is probably instrumental in his appearance this week.

The move came just five days after AP’s rather absurd rant on Twitter, and it’s nice to see that he’s [seemingly] turning his focus back onto the field. Peterson said the following in an email to ESPN:

[pull_quote_center]I’ve been watching this game from the sidelines for far too long,” Peterson said. “My teammates and coaches are important to me. Those relationships matter, and I owe it to those guys. I knew I wanted to come in this week. I had a family obligation last week but I’m ready to put on a Vikings uniform again and get back to work.[/pull_quote_center]

Although the initial push looked to be a trade, it became clear that wouldn’t be an option for Peterson. Now, some of the recent issues are supposedly related to Peterson’s contract with Minnesota.

In 2015, No. 28 will be making a robust $12.75 million in a league no longer driven by running backs… not too shabby. However, the $32 million Peterson would make in 2016 and 2017 is not guaranteed, meaning the Vikings could separate from him at any point. Peterson and his agent, Ben Dogra, are pushing for a longer commitment from Minnesota, but let’s remember that the Vikings haven’t seen Peterson play in an entire season, and he’s not exactly young.

“I’ll leave those discussions to my agent, but any player wants to guarantee his future as much as possible,” Peterson said. “I’m focused on what I need to do on the field, what I need to do to prepare for the season.”

Last week, the team made it clear where the leverage lies when Zimmer said, “he can play for us, or he can not play.” It will be interesting to see how the situation plays out and if the Vikings decide to renegotiate Peterson’s contract in any way.

It seems too soon to comfortably call an end to the AP drama, but at least one thing is certain this week: he’s back in purple.

 

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21 Comments

  1. I’m still not a big fan of AD. I hope we run him 450 carries and then draft Ezekiel Elliott and cut AD.

  2. If AD stayed in shape and hasn’t hit the ’30 year decline’ yet, Green Bay needs to be afraid, very, very afraid. As does the rest of NFC.

  3. “AP’s rather absurd rant on Twitter”

    “Rather absurd,” how, Ms. Young? NFL contract guarantees pale against NBA and MLB ones. NFL players are in a much weaker position vis-a-vis their contracts than the team owners. And most fans have made it clear time after time – hell, decade after decade – that they side with the owners over the players and are far more likely to support a team demanding a pay cut from a player than a player demanding a raise from the bosses. And, are more likely to resent players making in the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars than coaches making millions or billionaire owners. In the last two or three days, one fan on this website has wished double knee injuries on Adrian and another for the team to run him into the ground this year and then cut him. I’d say Peterson’s grasp on reality is actually pretty good and anything but absurd.

    1. Your post explains exactly why it was absurd. Given the situation and the reason why this all came to be, was that really the time to start complaining about union issues? Especially when they, literally, just finished a new CBA when they and the NFLPA could’ve worked on this? They get signing bonuses, ummm, they can show up for walk throughs and work outs for quarter of a million dollars. His current contract isn’t an issue because the team NEVER asked him to change it.

      1. And would you have objected, alaskasotan14, IF the team had asked Peterson to change the contract? If not, then why object if Peterson wants a change, be it a trade or his release?

        1. Yes. I would object if the team used the situation as a bargaining tool as well, which they never did. Just like Peterson never formally asked for any change, trade, etc…
          Maybe you are better suited for threads on profootballtalk. Florio will fulfill your need for regurgitated speculation being reported as fact.

    2. I would agree with you that the concept in and of itself is not necessarily wrong; but considering the other larger issues, the overall context of the situation, and the method of delivery… the Twitter rant was absurd.

      1. I will perhaps grant you, Ms. Young, the point on the method of delivery – although Peterson’s posts on Twitter are hardly the worst I’ve seen – but “larger issues” and “overall context?” This started out as a minor child endangerment case that the Texas authorities were on top of and handling with reason and care AND with Peterson’s complete cooperation. It was then blown out of proportion by the media, the league and the twittersphere. Vikings management appears to have been divided, with some wanting Peterson reinstated after a few games but at least one other colluding with the league to suspend him for the season. Vikings fans are similarly split and singularly ineffective in getting Peterson reinstated early. The fans are then appalled that Peterson wants to work for someone else, offended by any intrusion of the real world into our fantasy world and quite happy to see Peterson over the team’s barrel with no recourse besides sitting out another season, this one unpaid.

        Jaime Diamond and the Wall Street bankers demanding the right to retain control over management bonuses while negotiating the terms of their bailout by the federal government in 2008, that was absurd. A worker – overpaid or not – wanting to work someplace else and stating the facts of his contractual position, however inelegantly, I don’t find absurd in the least.

        1. ‘A minor child endangerment case’? You should align actual facts with your ‘reality’.
          People have had varied opinions on the subject. That, fortunately, doesn’t make your opinion, in anyway, fact.

          1. He had a point there, the case was common (unfortunately) and completely blown out of proportion by the politically correct media.

            1. Gang violence is common in Chicago. 2 game suspensions for drive bys should be enough.

        2. Felony charges Buddy. Felony. A little different than ‘a minor endangerment charge’.

          Peterson was indicted in September on a felony charge of injury to a child for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son earlier this year in suburban Houston. The All-Pro running back says he never intended to harm his son and was disciplining him in the same way he had been as a child growing up in East Texas.

          via: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11819670/adrian-peterson-minnesota-vikings-enter-plea-lesser-charge-felony-child-abuse-charge-avoid-jail

          1. My apologies for forgetting that a felony charge was involved but I still say that the case got blown all out of proportion by the League, et al, and Peterson’s losing a year of playing time was an example of being in the wrong place in the wrong time *(post-Ray Rice video).

            1. No need to apologize. I’m just trying to keep it a little real. Blown out of proportion or not is an opinion. I guess I wasn’t surprised if in fact it was. I’ve never heard of another nfl player being brought up on felony child abuse charges, so it’s hard to judge. I think he was lucky they offered a plea. Considering there wasn’t a trial, he got off light. It was his failure to convince league officials after the plea that he was doing the right things after the fact that extended and drug out the situation, mind you.

  4. Dang it! Not another stupid AD stor… Oh wait, this is the one we’ve been waiting for! Regardless of opinions on the issues that surround this, I hope he is able to say what he feels he needs to and he can genuinely express himself. Any cliches, or Spielio being heard in the background telling him what to say would be a bummer.
    That said, welcome back AD! Time to heal and move on.
    SKOL!!

      1. So, in his article ‘breaking’ this story he says how AD is coming back and everything. Then, he carefully fits in ‘unless this a ploy…’
        I called him out for grasping at straws to create more drama and he deleted any comment questioning his article.

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