When it comes to the Adrian Peterson news cycle, perhaps nobody has been more connected and accurate over the last few months than Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports. Robinson is still keeping the drama alive, even late at night on a holiday weekend, and he is reporting that Adrian Peterson is still pressing for a trade out of Minnesota.
When Adrian Peterson skips this week’s organized team activities for the Minnesota Vikings, he will attempt to send an unmistakable message to the franchise: He wants to be traded.
For Vikings fans that have been paying attention over the last nine years, Peterson skipping OTA’s is not a shocking development, but this story doesn’t end with that opening paragraph.
Robinson says that a source within Peterson’s “inner circle” contends Peterson has not wavered in his desire to play elsewhere and feels he has made his wishes clear to the Vikings organization during their face-to-face meetings.
The move to skip OTA’s will cost Peterson a quarter of a million dollars and the source says there is no certainty Peterson will attend June’s mandatory minicamp or even training camp in July.
This same source claims that Peterson’s contractual situation is not a driving factor and that for Peterson it has “never been about the money.” That source claims that his discontent is personal in nature and that he’s “adamant” about playing somewhere else.
With potential preseason injuries to other premier running backs, a frantic round of preseason moves that have yet to play out, and a mid-season trade deadline seemingly miles away… it is not likely that trade speculation ceases until Peterson is actually traded.
Until that time comes, and if that time comes, reports like these will almost certainly be a frequent occurrence.