As far as the Minnesota Vikings are concerned Adrian Peterson will be donning the purple and gold in 2015. According to Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman, in an interview with The Star Tribune, they have made that abundantly clear “Adrian is under contract and a member of our football team. We’ve stated that, our owner has stated it, our head coach has stated it. There is no question that we want Adrian Peterson back on our football team.”
Peterson has stated publicly that he is “uneasy” about rejoining the franchise after the team’s handling last season’s child abuse controversy. Peterson has recently questioned just how much support he actually has from those within the Viking’s organization. Yet, despite the tension that apparently remains between the highest-paid running back and his employers, the Vikings have made it clear they have no intention of parting ways with Peterson.
At this point, with Minnesota’s incessant insistence that they will not release Peterson, the only chance Adrian has for playing on another squad would be a blockbuster trade between the Vikings and an interested party. Speculation shifted toward the Cardinals as a possible trade partner recently following comments by Larry Fitzgerald that endorsed a possible move to bring in Peterson. However if a trade does not materialize, the Vikings could end up having to give Peterson an ultimatum. Either play for Minnesota, or don’t play at all.
It appears that this saga will continue to slowly unfold as the NFL offseason rolls on, which may be unfortunate for both the Vikings organization and Adrian Peterson. Both suffered mightily from last year’s scandal, as Peterson was destroyed in the arena of public opinion the Vikings were trashed without their lead back on the gridiron.
It would behoove both sides to come to an agreement sooner rather than later, thus putting the issue in their rearview mirror. Unfortunately, it seems that neither side is willing to budge. If Peterson really insists on playing somewhere else this season and Minnesota refuses to free him from the final three years of his $96 million deal, we could end up with an epic standoff that causes the stench of last year’s saga to linger throughout the entirety of the offseason. Which is the last thing the NFL needs at this point.