When the Vikings return to action in seven days against the Bears, Peterson wants to be on the field. And his teammates want him to be on the field.
His union does, too.
According to Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter of ESPN, the NFL Players Association demanded via letter sent to the league on Friday the reinstatement of Peterson. The NFLPA’s argument arises from the terms of the agreement that placed Peterson on the Commissioner-Exempt list.
PFT has confirmed that, indeed, the NFLPA has requested via letter the immediate reinstatement of Peterson. PFT also has obtained a copy of the original letter agreement that placed Peterson on the Commisioner-Exempt list, at a time when neither the NFL nor the Vikings could do anything to keep Peterson away from the team, under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The letter from NFLPA general counsel Tom DePaso to NFL general counsel Jeff Pash states as follows: “The player agrees that, effective as of yesterday (September 17, 2014), he is placed on the Commissioner-Exempt list with full pay until the criminal charges currently pending against him are adjudicated. No discipline will be processed or imposed against the player, by the Club or the League, until after the pending criminal charges are adjudicated.”
The letter agreement, which bears signatures of both DePaso and Pash, doesn’t explicitly state that Peterson will be reinstated once the criminal charges are resolved, but the letter clearly implies that the arrangement ends once the legal charges have been resolved.
So, in other words, the NFL has reneged on the agreement. And now the NFLPA plans to enforce the deal via an expedited non-injury grievance that will be filed unless the league honors the terms of the document that it signed.