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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.

Adrian Peterson RB MIN 2 weeks ago4 Comments

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.

Adrian Peterson RB MIN 1 month ago

A potential trade involving Peterson would likely need to happen by Saturday, Yahoo! Sports reports.

The Vikings have made it clear that they want to keep Peterson around, even though the running back's agent said his client wants to play elsewhere. While the team might be persuaded by a high selection in the upcoming draft, the Vikings are unlikely to settle for a future pick, as they have enough talent on the roster to make a run at Teddy Bridgewater's first playoff appearance in 2015. There are still a few different ways this saga could end, but if Peterson isn't traded by the end of the draft's second day, he'll likely stay on the Vikings.

Adrian Peterson RB MIN 1 month 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.

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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 2 months 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 2 months 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.

Adrian Peterson RB MIN 2 months ago10 Comments

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 3 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.