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Adrian Peterson, Vikings Officials to Meet Wednesday

Per 1500 ESPN’s Darren Wolfson and a USA Today report from Tom Pelissero, Adrian Peterson and his wife Ashley are scheduled to meet with Minnesota Vikings management on Wednesday in Houston, Texas:

The news, which comes on the heels of a Vikings Territory report that the team is exploring all options to trade Peterson, signifies head coach Mike Zimmer’s first chance to speak with the embattled running back since he was suspended early in the 2014 season.

General manager Rick Spielman is set to make the trip with Zimmer, where the two will discus Peterson’s future with the team. Less than a month ago, Spielman was one of Peterson’s most vocal supporters:

[quote_center]“Time heals things. There’s no question, our ownership has made statements, I’ve made statements, our head coach has made statements that we want Adrian Peterson back with the Minnesota Vikings.”[/quote_center]

Now, the sides are farther apart than anyone had ever imagined. The firestorm erupted at the NFL Scouting Combine, when Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, had to be separated from Vikings vice president of football operations, Rob Brzezinski. During the altercation, Dogra made it clear that Peterson would never suit up for Minnesota again, telling Brzezinski: “He will never play another game for the Vikings. It’s over.”

After weeks of court rulings and public statements, this meeting may be the team’s first and only chance to end the Adrian Peterson era in Minnesota on “good” terms. As Arif wrote, Peterson is willing to restructure his contract to facilitate a trade with five teams — the Cardinals, Colts, Buccaneers, Cowboys, and Chargers.

Peterson is under contract with the Vikings until 2017, and is set to earn $12.5 million in 2015. A restructure would make moving Peterson much easier for Rick Spielman and the front office, freeing up cap space to use on more pressing roster improvements.

Tomorrow’s meeting is a “last hurrah” of sorts for Mike Zimmer. The second-year head coach enjoyed a successful 7-9 season in 2014, even with the unfolding drama surrounding Adrian Peterson. Zimmer and Peterson share a mutual respect for one another, and Zimmer may be the team’s last chance to keep the 2012 NFL MVP. But, at 29-years-old, Peterson is at an age where injuries, decline, and a regression in productivity become valid concerns — it may finally be time for a mutual “goodbye”.

We will keep you updated on the latest Peterson news from Houston as the saga continues to unfold.

 

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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. Zimmer , if AP wants to go , let him go ! Is a new age now ! It is TEDDY’S AGE NOW! Let’s build around our quarterback…! Look at Green Bay, when they won SB 2011 . They did not have a good RB – just alright ! They had good QB & WR. decent OL – decent D. And next man up ! IS NOT LIKE WE DON’T WANT AP – AP IS THE ONE THAT DON’T WANT US – DON’T WANT TO BE HERE..! THAT’S FINE..! TRADE HIM FOR SOME GOOD PIKS.. AND LETS GO GET 2 TO 3 GOOD PLAYER’S IN FA…..WE HAVE THE CAP SPACE ONCE HE’S GONE….

    1. I’m not saying teddy isn’t going to be good but come on guys calm down. He showed promise and lots of potential as a rookie but so did RG3. I’m hoping teddy is the next great thing but these charts and graphs realistically mean nothing.

  2. Idk to me this doesn’t sound like a team actively shopping AD. He might not be here but this team def wants him.

  3. Seems to me premier players just don’t want to stay here any more.
    Great. I choose to fall in love with a team of perpetual almost-made-it-but-really-has-beens.
    Good luck hanging on to Bridgewater or Smith.

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