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Adrian Peterson Releases Statement, Wants to “Secure Future”

The silence has been broken.

Adrian Peterson, who will not be attending the Vikings’ OTAs this week, released the following statement to ESPN’s Josina Anderson:

[quote_center]”The reason I’m not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded. It’s about securing my future with the Vikings. It’s business, not personal and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings.”[/quote_center]

Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Peterson wanted to be traded from the team, and his sole purpose for skipping OTAs was to send a message to the franchise. Head coach Mike Zimmer received that message loud and clear, addressing the rumors after this morning’s practice.

“He’s really got two choices. He can either play for us, or he can not play,” Zimmer told reporters after the Vikings’ second OTA. “He’s not going to play for anybody else, and that’s just the way it’s going to be.”

With the pressure on to quell any further backlash, Peterson released the above statement, citing “business” for his absence. Peterson is set to make $12.75 million in 2015, and is under contract with the Vikings through 2017. However, none of the $32 million remaining on his contract is guaranteed, making it easy for the Vikings to move on without Peterson after the season.

If a trade isn’t in the works, why is Peterson so determined to distance himself from the organization? Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, recently demanded that the team show Peterson a “commitment to make him retire as a Viking.” In “business speak”, that translates to a contract restructure, one that would include some guaranteed money. That guaranteed money would presumably keep Peterson in Minnesota through the duration of his contract, allowing him to finish his career in the Twin Cities.

But as a 30-year-old running back, Peterson has almost no leverage in this situation. The Vikings, Rick Spielman, and Mike Zimmer have held their ground, and it appears they’ll enter Week 1 ready to take on the San Francisco 49ers — with or without Adrian Peterson.

“Go Vikings.”

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Austin Belisle

Austin Belisle is the West Coast's biggest Vikings fan, a football diehard cheering on the purple and yellow from sunny California. After graduating from San Jose State University in 2014, he began working full-time in corporate marketing and blogging on various sports websites. Austin's passion for the Vikings led him to Vikings Territory, where he hopes to share his lifelong enthusiasm for the team with readers on a daily basis. You can follow him on Twitter @austincbelisle

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    1. Actually…this is a relevant article. See, when it was Jason LaConfora, or Arif Hasan weaving tales of trades and retirement it was “Another stupid AD article.” This is different. It’s not Nelson Peterson but Adrian Peterson stating he wants to retire a Viking. I know the usual “get a raise to beat your kid” take will run rampant but this holdout and restructure was gonna have to happen this off-season with or without the scandal. So, it’s business as usual. Pay the man. He isn’t perfect but he has done some really good stuff for the community and has kept the Vikings from being “Jacksonville” for almost a decade now. Pay the man and give Teddy an angry AD to play with for a couple years. Skol!!!!!

  1. I hope the Vikings are able to work out a deal with Adrian Petersen. I know he got a lot of bad press but I think he is a good person overall and certainly an effective running back. I think the Vikings would benefit from keeping him a few more seasons.

    1. I think you’re right. He’s just playing the money game. Turnabout is fair play.

  2. If he is willingly going to take a pay cut for guaranteed money it would be beneficial for both parties as long as he fires Dora

  3. That’s a lie. If that is true,how come he didn’t come out with that statement before the draft..? Why did he let the matter linger on & want the fans to think all this bad things about him ? Especially his Image and Legacy…Also the facts that he wanted to play some where els…But Vikings is not making it easy on him…Now that is the fact..!

  4. I hope he blows out both knees in preseason. I hope he never plays another down in the NFL. I am so tired of this clown. He doesn’t deserve a single dollar going forward.

    1. That’s a despicable thing to say and you should be ashamed of yourself, LeCount. My father set me straight that you NEVER wish for a player to be injured when he saw me laugh when both of Joe Namath’s knees gave out during a play. I am sure that your parents would do the same if they read your comment.