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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson agreed Tuesday to a deal that will restructure the final three years of his current contract. Peterson had expressed his desire for a new deal as far back as February and was seeking additional guaranteed money with only this year's $13 million salary guaranteed on the previous contract. "I appreciate the Vikings for working together on this restructured contract, which provides additional security for me but also allows opportunities for me to further prove my value to the team and within the NFL," the 30-year-old said. The agreement brings some closure to a tumultuous offseason between Peterson and the front office, as he had indicated that he would like to be traded or released if he was not given a restructured deal. After missing 15 games last season due to an investigation into a domestic incident involving his son, Peterson will head into training camp with renewed trust between himself and the organization.

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Peterson isn't expected to get any playing time in the preseason, head coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN.

Peterson hasn't had a carry in the preseason since 2011 and there's no reason for the team to risk the 30-year old's health in a preseason game. However, this shows the team is confident Peterson will be set as the team's starter since he ended any questions about a holdout over his contract after reporting to last week's OTAs.

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Minnesota offensive coordinator Norv Turner continues to plan to make Peterson a larger part of the passing game this season. "He caught [two passes] in that first game a year ago. I would expect him to be a part in the passing game," Turner told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The Vikings had planned to have Peterson catch more passes last season, but we never really got to see if Turner's talk became a reality since Peterson played just one game due to a suspension. Peterson has had as many as 43 receptions in a season and running back in Turner's system have repeatedly had higher totals, so Peterson could get a boost in points per reception formats.

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Peterson looked in good shape Tuesday during his first practice with the team since September. "We know that no matter where he is, he's staying in shape," Vikings center John Sullivan told the team's official web site. "Nobody ever worried about that. He looks like he's ready to be the MVP of the league again." Meanwhile, Peterson's agent said he doesn't plan to miss any games. "It's been a tough time for everybody, but he wants to move forward and focus on the 2015 season. That was always his goal. He always wanted to be in a position not to miss any games," Ben Dogra told USA Today.

It looks like Peterson's decision to attend this week's OTAs ends any questions of whether he'll hold out or decide not to play this season. It sounds like he's kept himself in good shape considering he hasn't had any workouts with the team since he was suspended last September.

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Peterson is in Minnesota and plans to start attending OTAs on Tuesday, ESPN's Josina Anderson reports.

Peterson likely still has his eyes on a restructured contract, but he seems to be softening his stance, possibly with the hope of collecting a $250,000 bonus for attending 90 percent of OTAs and minicamp. It wouldn't be surprising to see Peterson play out the season under his current contract, because while he may want guaranteed money beyond 2015, his $12.75 million base salary is still the highest among all running backs. The Vikings view Peterson as a centerpiece, and with Teddy Bridgewater entering his second season, the Minnesota offense could be the best Peterson has played with since 2009.

Adrian Peterson RB MIN 2 months ago

Peterson, through a statement to ESPN's Josina Anderson said Wednesday that he does not want a trade, instead suggesting that his recent holdout is about "securing my future with the Vikings."

Peterson continues to be absent from this week's OTAs, leaving many to question his motives, considering that it will cost him a $250,000 bonus for not attending. The tension between the star running back and the organization appears poised to continue until the start of mandatory minicamp June 16-18. The Vikings have insisted that they have no plans to trade Peterson, but it remains to be seen whether or not they will be open to restructuring his contract.

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Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer re-affirmed that Minnesota will not trade Peterson despite his absence from this week's OTAs. "He's really got two choices. He can either play for us or he can not play. He's not going to play for anybody else, and that's just the way it's going to be," Zimmer told Fox Sports North.

Peterson isn't required to attend this week's OTAs, but it is in his benefit because he gets a $250,000 bonus if he takes part in 90 percent of OTAs and minicamp. We won't really know if Peterson plans to hold out for a new contract or trade until a mandatory minicamp takes place June 16-18.

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Peterson will not be at Vikings OTAs when the begin Tuesday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Peterson missed all of the Vikings' voluntary spring workouts, but his absence didn't carry much significance, as he's typically opted to work out on his own in recent years. OTAs are a slightly different story because Peterson gets a $250,000 bonus if he takes part in 90 percent of OTAs and minicamp. According to recent comments from his agent, Ben Dogra, Peterson is still upset that the Vikings didn't fully support him last season. The running back seems to be angling for either a trade or a renegotiated contract that includes guaranteed money beyond 2015, and all comments from Vikings brass indicate the team has no intention of even considering the first of those options. Peterson's absence from OTAs may be taken as a sign of his displeasure, but he isn't actually required to participate in any offseason practices until a mandatory minicamp June 16-18. While this situation is worth keeping an eye on, Peterson still figures to be in the Minnesota backfield come Week 1. With the draft (and most potential trades) having come and gone, the real issue is what Peterson's contract will look like.

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Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he doesn't expect any problems when Peterson reports to offseason workouts based on recent conversations he's had with him, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "There's a lot of its and nuts and candies and buts there," the second-year coach said before adding, "I don't think there will be any issues, no."

Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said in March that Peterson doesn't want to play for the Vikings, but he's since backed off that stance after the Vikings failed trade him before the NFL draft. Peterson doesn't need to participate in any offseason practices until a June 18 mandatory minicamp. We may only know then if Peterson plans to hold out or take similar action in hopes of forcing a trade or a contract extension (Peterson has no more guaranteed money in his deal after 2015).

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Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said Thursday that the Vikings need to make a commitment that will allow the running back to retire in Minnesota, USA Today reports. "One of the things that I appreciate with the Vikings is their resolve to say 'we're not trading him,'" Dogra said. "That tells me they value him not only as a football player, but what he's done for the organization. I actually, as an agent, not only appreciate it I accept it. But actions speak louder than words. If that's going to happen, and you want to keep him, then show him a commitment to make him retire as a Viking. And I haven't had that solution."

Dogra said in March that Peterson doesn't want to play for the Vikings, but it has now become clear that the team has no intention of trading its star running back. With the first round of the NFL draft completed, there's no real chance that the Vikings could get a package to their liking, even if they were to soften their stance on a trade. Having seen the writing on the wall, Dogra is now hoping to get more guaranteed money for his client beyond 2015. Peterson's current contract runs through 2017, but the Vikings can release him without any cap hit after the 2015 season. While the saga may continue, it's all but certain Peterson will be a Viking in 2015.