Adrian Peterson RB MIN 4 days ago

Peterson was not present for Monday's first day of Minnesota's voluntary offseason workouts, ESPN reports. However, he likely would not have attended even if he were not having problems with Vikings management as he has not attended similar workouts regularly in the past, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Peterson was reinstated last week by the NFL after he was suspended in November after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault for disciplining his child with a switch. While the Vikings have indicated that they would like the running back to play for the team in 2015, Peterson's agent has said his client doesn't want to play for the Vikings. Peterson's decision whether to participate in any offseason programs will be under intense scrutiny as a result. Minnesota has voluntary workouts this week and OTA's on May 28, but Peterson doesn't need to show up until a June 18 mandatory minicamp. Peterson's decision whether to return to the Vikings could drag into June if he's not traded before the NFL Draft.

Adrian Peterson RB MIN 1 week ago27 Comments

The NFL issued a statement Thursday relaying that effective Friday, Peterson will be reinstated as an active NFL player.

Upon his reinstatement, Peterson -- who was suspended without pay this past November for the remainder of the 2014 NFL season for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy -- will be permitted to participate in all scheduled activities with the Vikings. Peterson is under contract with the team this coming season for a base salary in the neighborhood of $13 million, but at this stage it remains to be seen if he will remain with the Minnesota organization. While the Vikings have indicated that they would like the running back to play for the team in 2015, per the Duluth News Tribune, Peterson's reinstatement does open the door for a potential trade down the road.

Adrian Peterson RB MIN 1 month ago

Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said Monday that his client doesn't want to play for the Vikings. "I don't think it's in Adrian's best interest to play in Minnesota. Why would it be?" Ben Dogra told ESPN

The Peterson drama takes another turn, but the overall dynamics haven't changed. Peterson is reluctant to return the Vikings after he perceived that some in the organization were not supporting him whe the team worked with the NFL to put him on the commissioner's exempt list last September. However, the Vikings maintain they want him to play for the team in 2015 and will not release him. Peterson could be trying to force a trade or obtain a contract extension. Peterson is under contract for $13 million in 2015 and doesn't have any guaranteed money beyond 2015. The Vikings may be playing coy in order to trade Peterson before the NFL Draft, so the drama will continue into April. Peterson remains on the restricted list from his suspension in November after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault for disciplining his child with a switch. His suspension was overturned by a Federal judge in February who asked the NFL to re-work his suspension to follow previous protocol for personal conduct punishment, but the NFL hasn't issued a new ruling. Peterson is eligible for reinstatement from his suspension on April 15, but that deadline isn't an obstacle for the Vikings to make any transaction for him in the offseason.

Adrian Peterson RB MIN 1 month ago

Peterson's return to the Vikings for 2015 remains murky as while Peterson's agent told media outlets the Vikings have said they won't release his client, Peterson's agent also declined an invitation to meet with GM Rick Spielman, Yahoo! Sports reports.

The Vikings have maintained they want Peterson to play for the Vikings in 2015, but Peterson has said he's hesitant to return to the team. Peterson could be trying to force a trade or obtain a contract extension (the Yahoo! Sports report says he's seeking a three-year deal guaranteeing $25 million). The Yahoo! Sports report also says the Cardinals would be willing to trade a second-round pick for Peterson. Despite all the drama, the Vikings hold all the cards as Peterson is under contract for $13 million in 2015 and doesn't have any guaranteed money beyond 2015. The Vikings may be playing coy in order to trade Peterson before the NFL Draft, so the drama will continue into April. Peterson remains on the restricted list from his suspension in November after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault for disciplining his child with a switch. His suspension was overturned by a Federal judge in February who asked the NFL to re-work his suspension to follow previous protocol for personal conduct punishment, but the NFL hasn't issued a new ruling. Peterson is eligible for reinstatement from his suspension on April 15, but that deadline isn't an obstacle for the Vikings to make any transaction for him in the offseason.

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The Cowboys are not expected to pursue Peterson if the Vikings release him, Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson reports.

Particularly in light of losing DeMarco Murray in free agency, the Peterson-Dallas fit made a great deal of sense from a personnel standpoint, but due to cap constraints the Cowboys are evidently unlikely to pursue such a luxury if Peterson hits the open market. Given his current cap hit of $12.5 million, it's hard to see why a trade for Peterson would be any more viable for Dallas. It appears he will play somewhere other than Dallas if he leaves Minnesota, so anyone speculating on Peterson in dynasty formats should take that into account when anticipating his 2015 fantasy potential. Meanwhile, Robinson also reported that the Vikings should be able to get "at least" a second-round pick for Peterson if they make him available for trade, though the Vikings would likely push for more compensation still.

Adrian Peterson RB MIN 2 months ago3 Comments

The Vikings are expected to ask Peterson to reduce his $12.5 million contract for 2015, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. While the NFL plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling that overturned Peterson's suspension, the Vikings and Peterson can talk about a new contract while he remains on the Commissioner's exempt list during the appeal process.

The ruling from U.S. District Court Judge David Doty overturned the suspension, but sent the case back to the NFL to make a ruling that was consistent with the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and NFLPA. While the ultimate decision on the case may not be known for months, the Vikings can talk to Peterson and re-work his contract, release or trade him during the appeal process. As a result, the Vikings and Peterson can start to figure out if he'll be on the team in 2015. Vikings management has said they want Peterson to return for 2015, but Peterson recently said he's uneasy with a return to the team and there are reports his agent told Vikings management his client would never play for the team again. This report saying the Vikings will ask him to take a pay cut could mean the team isn't as committed for him to return as their recent overtures would appear.

Adrian Peterson RB MIN 2 months ago2 Comments

Peterson's suspension has been overturned by a federal judge and he's been reinstated, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Peterson was suspended for the season in November after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault for disciplining his child with a switch and wasn't set to be eligible to be reinstated until Apr. 15. It looks like Peterson can recoup some of his lost salary due to the suspension, but more importantly he'll now likely be able to figure out his 2015 team before free agency begins on Mar. 7. Vikings management has said they want Peterson to return for 2015, but Peterson recently said he's uneasy with a return to the team and there are reports his agent told Vikings management his client would never play for the team again. There's also some thought the Vikings may trade him or release him if he doesn't take a pay cut since he's due $12.75 million next season since he turns 30 next month. This ruling could still be appealed by the NFL, but unless there's a quick reversal it looks like the Vikings and Peterson could figure out his future before the start of free agent signings.

Adrian Peterson RB MIN 2 months ago8 Comments

Peterson's agent had to be separated from a member of the Vikings front office during a heated argument at last week's NFL scouting combine and made it clear his client would never play for the Vikings again, CBSSports.com reports. However, Peterson's father denies the report that he no longer wants to play for the Vikings, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Neither Peterson, his agent or the Vikings have commented on the reported incident. It's becoming a daily soap opera whether Peterson will return to the Vikings in 2015. Since the end of the regular season, Vikings management has said they want Peterson to return to the team in 2015. However, Peterson recently said he's uneasy with a return to the team since some in the organization didn't support him when he was suspended last fall and this incident would add fuel to that fire. Many thought before management's recent comments that the team would ask him to take a pay cut, trade him or release him since he's the highest paid running back in the league and turning 30 next month. Peterson was suspended for the season in November after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault for disciplining his child with a switch and can't be reinstated until April 15.

Adrian Peterson RB MIN 2 months ago10 Comments

Peterson said he's undecided about his future with the Vikings as he's uneasy about how some members of the organization didn't support him when the team worked with the NFL to put him om the commissioner's exempt list last September, ESPN reports. "I'm still uneasy, to be honest with you. I'm still uneasy about a lot of things that took place within the organization," he said.Team president Mark Wilf, general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer have all recently said they want Peterson to return to the team in 2015. Vikings management appeared to be testing the waters for his return to see if there was a public backlash. Or they could have been trying to increase his trade value. However, Peterson's comments would appear to sidetrack that campaign. Peterson is due $12.75 million next season and many thought before management's recent comments that the team would ask him to take a pay cut, trade him or release him since he's the highest paid running back in the league and turning 30 next month. Peterson was suspended for the season in November after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault for disciplining his child with a switch and can't be reinstated until April 15. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told the St. Paul Pioneer Press the team doesn't plan to sign a running back in free agency. However, Peterson's comments cloud his future with the team and we'll have to see whether the Vikings now waiver about his return at his current salary.

Adrian Peterson RB MIN 4 months ago

Peterson and the NFL Players Association have a filed lawsuit against the NFL to reinstate Peterson to the NFL and end his current suspension, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The NFLPA will not push for a hearing to have Peterson play in Week 16 or Week 17, NBC Pro Football Talk reports.

No date has been set for a hearing on the case and the NFLPA didn't immediately file a motion for a preliminary injunction. As a result, this case is almost certain to be heard after the current NFL season ends. The lawsuit will try to recoup some of Peterson's lost salary (six games) and have him reinstated before April 15 so he can better navigate the NFL offseason. Peterson may be a fantasy factor again in 2015 depending on this case, but he's done playing in 2014.