Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, in the midst of a dispute with Minnesota, used his verified Twitter account Thursday to vent about teams being able to void contracts while players are bound to those same deals.
Here are Peterson’s thoughts on the subject, which were published one day after he told ESPN his absence from Minnesota’s offseason program was “about securing my future” in Minnesota:
“I love people who think they know it all! Smh, Research how many NFL teams hasn’t honored a player’s contract & learn something.
“Question for the people, is a contract two sided or one?
“Ok great two sided! Well why when one party decides . . . Mr. ? we wan’t you to take a pay cut now or better yet flat out release you!
“There’s never no talk about honoring a contract!
“I know hundreds of player’s that wished their team would’ve HONORED the contract! But instead got threw to the side like like trash.
“A lill crazy how one side has so much power that they can do as they please when it come to the contract! But when the other-side (player’s) . . . Feels for whatever reason! Family, Change of scenery or simply – what they feels just might work best for them! Those same laws don’t apply!
“It’s all about honoring you’re contract! Sounds like free will is being a lil challenged to me!
“All I’m saying as a Minnesota Viking player! WE need the same power to do as all 32 teams do we they feel, under contract or not!
“It’s time for a change! Then again I’m grateful because at the end of the day, I know some of those same guys that wish a team held on!”
Peterson has three years left on his current contract. He is set to make $12.75 million in salary in 2015, $14.75 million in 2016 and $17.75 million in 2017. However, the salaries are not guaranteed.
The Vikings have insisted they will not trade Peterson. On Wednesday, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said the 30-year-old tailback would play for Minnesota or not at all.
Peterson spent most of last season on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list after being charged with felony child abuse. He eventually pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault.