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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says the team is welcoming back Adrian Peterson "unequivocally."

For his part, Peterson said he "just wanted to (come back)," and that he has his eyes on a Super Bowl. "This past year has been emotional for both parties," Peterson said alluding to the months of tension. "I’ve learned a lot from my mistakes. And I’m moving forward." It sounds like Peterson and the Vikes have both found a solution they can get behind.
Jun 2 - 3:50 PM

Adrian Peterson has returned to the Vikings and will attend Tuesday's OTAs.

The Vikings played hardball with Peterson and predictably won as he was never going to leave $12.75M on the table. "Basically it's time for me to come in and test the waters and re-familiarize myself with our offense and the direction they're trying to go in," he told ESPN's Josina Anderson. So all the drama over Peterson feeling scorned by the organization and wanting his 2016 contract guaranteed was just hot air. The Vikings did not adjust his deal. Coming off a year of rest and in a RB-friendly Norv Turner offense, Peterson is firmly in the top-5 fantasy pick discussion. NFL Network's Albert Breer said Tuesday the Vikings' offensive staff sees Peterson as a "350-carry centerpiece."
Jun 2 - 8:03 AM

Brandon Fusco worked at left guard during Vikings' OTAs.

A right guard through the first four years of his career, Fusco could be shifted to the left side in order to give struggling LT Matt Kalil the steady partner he has missed the last two seasons. The shift would also allow rookie G/T T.J. Clemmings to stay on the right side. Primarily a run blocker, Fusco may not fit perfectly on the left side, but he is a good enough player to make it work. Fusco missed 13 games last season after suffering a torn pectoral Week 3.
Source: ESPN.com
May 30 - 11:24 AM

Adrian Peterson went on a Thursday afternoon Twitter rant, imploring the Vikings to "honor" his contract.

The Vikes very much want to "honor" AD's 2015 contract — which calls for $12.75 million — but he wants assurances for 2016, where none of his scheduled $14.75 million is guaranteed. The Vikes have drawn a line in the sand with their star runner, saying he can play or go home. Despite that hard line, it's conceivable Minnesota will try to smooth things over by guaranteeing some of AD's 2016 cash.
May 28 - 4:31 PM

Mike Wallace says Minnesota's scheme fits him much better than Miami's.

"I think it's more so [like] my first four years," Wallace said, referring to Bruce Arians' offense in Pittsburgh. "It's a vertical offense, [rather] than a short, West Coast offense. You go down the field a lot more here, more what I'm accustomed to." We'd agree as Norv Turner's scheme always has a field-stretching lid-lifter a la Alvin Harper and Malcom Floyd. The problem is that role runs lower-percentage routes, which will shrink Wallace's volume. Wallace figures to be a boom-or-bust WR3 this season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 28 - 12:35 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Adrian Peterson's beef with the Vikings is now that he wants guaranteed money in 2016.

Peterson doesn't have any guaranteed money in his current deal. He wants the team to guarantee a chunk -- or perhaps all ($14.75 million) -- of his 2016 salary, when Peterson will be 31 years old. After paying Peterson his entire salary to play just one game in 2014, it wouldn't be surprising if the Vikings were a bit resistant to making him this commitment. Either way, it's now clear that this has become a money issue, and is therefore a very solvable problem.
May 27 - 9:46 PM

Adrian Peterson issued a statement regarding his absence from OTAs, saying he is sitting out as a "business" decision.

Perhaps most notably, Peterson ended the statement by saying "Go Vikings," which would seemingly strongly suggest he intends to be playing football for Minnesota in 2015. "The reason I'm not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded," Peterson insisted. "It's about securing my future with the Vikings. It's business, not personal and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings." It sounds like the sides are still haggling over something related to Peterson's contract, which is scheduled to pay him $12.75 million in base salary this season, but is not guaranteed. Adding guarantees to the contract could be one way for the Vikings to appease Peterson, who turned 30 in March.
May 27 - 8:52 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero believes the "smart money" is still on Adrian Peterson reporting to the Vikings before Week 1.

Pelissero acknowledges that Peterson may not report until mid-August, but even then "no one is going to advise him" to pass up the $12.75 million base salary Peterson is owed. Pelissero -- a former Vikings beat reporter -- refers to a Peterson trade as a "pipe dream." Coach Mike Zimmer made it clear on Wednesday that Peterson "can play for us, or not play" football in 2015.
Source: USA Today
May 27 - 8:09 PM

Speaking at Vikings OTAs on Wednesday, Teddy Bridgewater called Kyle Rudolph "the biggest weapon we have right now."

"He's like a new player out there," Bridgewater said of Rudolph, who endured yet another injury-ruined season in 2014. Rudolph, Bridgewater, and Charles Johnson spent the offseason training together. Still only 25 years old, Rudolph will be worth a late-round flyer in 2015 fantasy drafts. Durability remains the biggest obstacle in the way of Rudolph realizing his potential.
May 27 - 7:31 PM

Vikings LT Matt Kalil is up to 324 pounds.

Kalil played at 308 last season. He's apparently attempting to get stronger after struggling with run blocking and allowing a league-high 12 sacks in 2014. It's also fair to wonder if the added weight came from sitting around more following dual offseason knee surgeries. Owed a whopping $11.09 million base salary in 2016, Kalil is entering a make-or-break year in Minnesota.
May 27 - 6:33 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer said Adrian Peterson has "two choices: he can play for us or not play."

It's as strong a statement as we've heard from the Vikings regarding Peterson, though they've been hinting at this for months. Peterson has no leverage. He's due $12.75 million, an amount the Vikings are willing to pay and a salary that other teams aren't looking to acquire. It's Minnesota or nowhere for A.D.
May 27 - 12:57 PM

Adrian Peterson's agent hinted at a holdout in a Monday text message to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole.

"He is very very strong," Peterson's agent said. "He's like (Darrelle) Revis." Revis, of course, has become famous for winning contractual showdowns. Peterson seems to believe the Vikings committed an unforgivable sin by siding too closely with the NFL as his child-abuse scandal unfolded last fall. To date, the Vikings have been steadfast that AD will be in Minnesota this season. Peterson won't really be turning up the heat until he skips next month's minicamp and training camp.
May 25 - 1:54 PM

A source tells Yahoo that Adrian Peterson still wants to be traded.

Despite not getting moved during the draft, Peterson isn't backing off. He's skipping this week's OTAs, reportedly intends to sit out all of the Vikings' offseason workouts and "has not yet made a decision" about holding out of June mandatory minicamp or training camp. Peterson is apparently still fuming about the way the Vikings failed to support him during last year's child-abuse scandal. Regardless, the team has all the leverage here as he's under contract for $12.75 million. It's hard to see Peterson passing on that money in order to make a statement.
May 25 - 8:45 AM

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Adrian Peterson will be a no-show for the start of Vikings Organized Team Activities (OTAs).

The Pioneer Press cites a "source" that is likely Peterson's agent. Peterson's concern with the Vikings has long been their perceived lack of loyalty toward him during last year's investigation for child abuse. Still, the draft came and went without a Peterson trade, which showed loyalty on the Vikings' behalf. If Peterson indeed skips OTAs, he will forfeit a $250,000 workout bonus. The Vikings hold a series of OTAs on June 2-4 and 8-11, and a mandatory minicamp on June 16-18.
May 24 - 8:04 PM

ESPN 1500 Twin Cities considers fifth-round pick MyCole Pruitt the favorite to open the season as the Vikings’ No. 2 tight end.

The Vikings don’t view Pruitt as a major project despite his small school background. Pruitt was handpicked by OC Norv Turner and has a nice path to No. 2 duties, his only competition being Brandon Bostick, Chase Ford, and H-back Rhett Ellison. Pruitt is a name to monitor behind injury-prone Kyle Rudolph.
May 22 - 6:04 PM


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