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Adrian Peterson | Running Back

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 217
College: Oklahoma
Contract: view contract details

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Vikings officials will meet with Adrian Peterson in Houston on Wednesday in an attempt to persuade him to return to the team.
Peterson feels betrayed by Vikings management after COO Kevin Warren sided with the NFL to keep A.P. suspended following last year's child abuse charge. Coach Mike Zimmer will be at Wednesday's meeting, and GM Rick Spielman is "likely" to attend as well. "I think it’s been very clearly stated that we want to have Adrian Peterson back," Spielman reaffirmed on Monday. "He’s a unique talent and he’s under contract with us." Despite his differences with the Vikings' front office, Peterson is said to have a lot of respect for Zimmer. Mar 4 - 9:31 AM

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Yahoo Sports reports Adrian Peterson is pondering potential trade destinations, and is willing to consider a contract restructure to facilitate a deal.

Charles Robinson reports Peterson is having an "open dialogue" with the Vikings about his future, and has "entertained" remaining in Minnesota. Robinson lists the Cardinals, Colts, Cowboys, Chargers and Bucs as Peterson's preferred destinations in a trade. The Vikings have thus far insisted they want Peterson back, but it's nearly impossible to see that happening at Peterson's currently-scheduled $12.75 million salary.
Mar 3 - 7:06 PM

Adrian Peterson did not mention the Vikings in a statement praising Thursday's decision to reverse his suspension, instead saying he was preparing for his "return to football."

"As I prepare for my return to football, I am still focused on my family and continue to work to become a better father every day," Peterson said. "I want to express my gratitude for all of the support I have received from the fans, NFLPA, Jeffrey Kessler, and my agents Ben Dogra, Tracy Lartigue, and Mark Heligman of Relativity Sports." There is a notable organization missing from the list. Peterson's relationship with the Vikings has been damaged, perhaps irrevocably, by this incident. It appears unlikely Peterson returns to Minnesota in 2015.
Feb 28 - 8:43 AM

The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers expects the Cardinals to have interest if Adrian Peterson becomes available.

The Vikings want to keep Peterson, but probably not at his $12.75 million salary. Peterson may balk at accepting a pay cut from a team he feels left him under the bus during his 2014 fight against the NFL. With their quarterback aging and coming off his second career ACL tear, the Cardinals have a major need for a workhorse runner. Somers also believes the organization is still "haunted" to some extent by drafting OT Levi Brown over Peterson in 2007.
Feb 27 - 3:35 PM

PFT's Mike Florio considers the "universe of teams" for Adrian Peterson to be the Vikings, Cardinals, Colts, and Cowboys.

Florio also names Seattle if Marshawn Lynch hangs up the cleats. Arizona needs to shift Andre Ellington back to a Shane Vereen-type role, the Colts are likely to move on from Trent Richardson with Ahmad Bradshaw also a free agent, and the Cowboys are in danger of losing DeMarco Murray. We'd add the Bills to the mix. Coach Rex Ryan loves veteran running backs, and new OC Greg Roman pounds the ball on the ground. Peterson won't hurt for a job.
Feb 27 - 11:51 AM

Adrian Peterson can be traded, released or have his deal restructured after March 10.

That makes his continued exile on the commissioner's exempt list slightly less odious, as, at least in theory, Peterson can get his 2015 roster status resolved. The Vikings issued another statement of support on Thursday, but most signs continue to point toward a divorce. Of course, if Peterson remains in legal limbo on March 10, league-wide interest will be tempered if he's cut loose or on the trade block. As of now, the league's appeal in federal court can't be heard before April. The NFLPA can request an expedited hearing, while arbitrator Harold Henderson could also bring the saga to a resolution.
Feb 26 - 6:38 PM

The NFL is appealing independent arbitrator David Doty's ruling in the Adrian Peterson case to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and will keep Peterson on the commissioner's exempt list in the interim.

The case will also concurrently be returned to arbitrator Harold Henderson, who originally upheld Peterson's suspension in December. If this all seems dense and confusing, it's because it is. There's no telling how much longer Peterson will remain in limbo. The league seems more concerned with precedent than whether Peterson was fairly punished. It certainly doesn't care about Peterson's 2015 status, which will be greatly complicated if the matter isn't resolved by the time free agency begins on March 10.
Feb 26 - 5:22 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the league will appeal independent arbitrator David Doty's decision in the Adrian Peterson case.

Naturally. Instead of simply allowing everyone to move on with their lives, the league will continue its quest for absolute victory. Doty ruled the NFL cannot retroactively apply its new domestic-violence policy, but the league apparently believes he overstepped his bounds. It's a typical NFL scandal, with a maze of confusion and lawsuits. It could be a few more weeks before we finally have a resolution.
Feb 26 - 3:27 PM

Adrian Peterson has yet to be technically reinstated.

Arbiter David Doty shot down the league's retroactive application of its new conduct policy in Peterson's case, but the matter now goes back to the "CBA process." It's unclear if the league plans to appeal. It might be in the league's best interest to simply take its ball and go home, but that's rarely been commissioner Roger Goodell's M.O. In a statement, the league said it will "review the decision."
Feb 26 - 2:12 PM

Adrian Peterson's father says he's still "open" to returning to the Vikings, but that certain conditions would have to be met.

"The Vikings hold that card," the elder Peterson said. "Are they going to pay Adrian the money he is due?" In other words, the Petersons still aren't tossing any bouquets the Vikings' way. Peterson Sr. also mentioned the Cardinals, Colts and Cowboys as possible landing spots were Peterson to be handed his Minnesota walking papers. Nearly every sign suggests AD has played his final down for the team that made him the No. 7 overall pick of the 2007 draft.
Feb 26 - 1:56 PM

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson had his suspension overturned and will now be reinstated to the NFL.

Things are about to get interesting as Peterson is now an active NFL player that can be traded, cut, extended, etc. Peterson seems to be at odds with the Vikings' front office, which he believes didn't back him during his child abuse scandal. He also counts $15.4M against the cap. The Vikings could cut the cord with AP and hand over the reigns to Jerick McKinnon, or they could try to trade him to someone like Dallas. The situation is completely up in the air, but the ball is in the Vikings' court now. The judge has essentially ruled that Roger Goodell overstepped his bounds by suspending Peterson for so long.
Feb 26 - 12:37 PM

A source close to Adrian Peterson said the running back "will never play another game for the Vikings."

A few weeks ago Peterson seemed open to the idea of returning to Minnesota, but things have gone south in a hurry. According to reports, Peterson's agent Ben Dogra had to be restrained from Vikings VP of football operations Rob Brzezinski last week at the Combine after the two exchanged words. Meanwhile, Peterson is still suspended indefinitely with April 15 the earliest he could be reinstated.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 23 - 2:51 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Adrian Peterson has not asked for a trade to the Cowboys.

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole mentioned Saturday that Peterson asked for a trade to Dallas, but the Vikings were unwilling to accommodate him. Anderson's source says that never happened and that Peterson hasn't spoken with Vikings GM Rick Spielman. Where Peterson plays in 2015 will be one of the defining stories of the offseason.
Feb 22 - 11:09 AM's Ian Rapoport reports Adrian Peterson wants "a fresh start."

Rapoport is building on A.P.'s own words. Peterson told ESPN he's "still uneasy" about returning to the Vikings after they worked with the NFL to land him on the commissioner's exempt list last season. Per Rapsheet, trust is a "major issue" between the two sides. Rapsheet reports the Vikes have no plans to cut Peterson, and that a "trade would be the option." That's fine in theory, but won't happen unless Peterson is willing to rip up and redo his contract. Release is beginning to look like the most likely endgame.
Feb 19 - 9:52 PM

Adrian Peterson said he is "still uneasy" about potentially returning to the Vikings in 2015.

Peterson said the Vikings' decision to work with the NFL to put him on the commissioner's exempt list last season felt like an "ambush," and he is "not in a good place" with the organization. "I know there are a lot of people in the organization who want me back," he said. "But then again, I know the ones who don't." The Vikings have piled on the feel goods over the last month, but there are still substantial hurt feelings on Peterson's end. Those hurt feelings should complicate any attempt by the Vikings to alleviate Peterson's $15.4 million cap charge. His future in Minnesota is truly up in the air.
Feb 19 - 8:30 PM

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QB1Teddy Bridgewater
2Pat Devlin
RB1Adrian Peterson
2Jerick McKinnon
3Matt Asiata
4Joe Banyard
5Henry Josey
GLB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3RB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
FB1Zach Line
WR11Charles Johnson
2Cordarrelle Patterson
3Adam Thielen
4Donte Foster
WR21Greg Jennings
2Jarius Wright
3Kain Colter
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2Rhett Ellison
3Chase Ford
4Brandon Bostick
5Ryan Otten
K1Blair Walsh