Adrian Peterson case heads to court on Friday, with Peterson present

AP

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson embarks Friday on his effort to best position himself to possibly no longer play for the Vikings.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Peterson’s goal when his case heads to federal court in Minnesota will be to secure immediate reinstatement or, at the latest, reinstatement before March 10.  Coincidentally (or not), that’s the first day of the new league year, the earliest date on which players can be traded.

Peterson, as PFT previously has reported, will attend the hearing, which starts at 2:00 p.m. CT.  Each side will have 30 minutes to present its case to Judge David Doty.

With the assistance of the NFLPA, Peterson contends that his suspension reflects a retroactive application of a new policy, that the arbitrator who upheld his suspension was not impartial, and that the suspension imposes discipline not permitted by the labor deal (e.g., a requirement that Peterson be evaluated by mental health professionals).

Meanwhile, the source says Peterson is fulfilling the requirements imposed by Commissioner Roger Goodell in connection with the suspension, and that the league is aware of Peterson’s efforts.

That likely would be enough to get Peterson reinstatement by April 15, the date on which the NFL plans to consider whether he should return to work for his current team.  Peterson’s desire to secure reinstatement by March 10 fairly can be interpreted as an effort to be available for teams other than the Vikings, with an early reinstatement allowing the Vikings to trade him to a team that may be interested in Peterson before that team makes other plans.

For example, the Cowboys could be tempted to make a play for Peterson.  If he’s not reinstated until April 15, however, the Cowboys may decide to sign running back DeMarco Murray to a long-term deal weeks before Peterson is available to be traded.

Last month, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio that he wants Peterson back, but that it has to be a two-way street.  This strongly implies that, if Peterson ultimately wants to leave, Zimmer won’t stand in his way.

For now, the NFL necessarily is keeping Peterson from being traded or cut before March 10.  As of Friday, the effort to change that officially commences.

65 responses to “Adrian Peterson case heads to court on Friday, with Peterson present

  1. Just re-instate him for crying out loud. I like how the NFL just ignored another patriot scandal meanwhile they offer up Adrian Peterson for the rest of the public. It’s all about protecting the shield. I’m watching the NHL now and I’m done with football…

  2. This may seem stupid, but I am legitimately curious. Why does his suspension play any role in him being traded? If a team wants to take on the risk, they should be free to make that trade. Certainly the team acquiring him will reflect his suspension in the trade compensation, but I think they should be free to deal. Let’s say Peterson is worth a second round pick (when he is healthy and not suspended). If the Vikings are willing to accept a 4th round pick (instead of a 2nd) and a team like the cowboys is willing to give them a 4th, why shouldn’t they be allowed to make a trade?

    The team acquiring him, in this example the Cowboys, know he is suspended and may not be available to them, but that is the gamble they are taking. Sort of like when a team drafts a player and then trades his “rights” to another team. The Vikings are basically trading his “rights”. Maybe I am missing something. Has a suspended player ever been traded before?

  3. Why would his being present and wanting to be reinstated ASAP mean he doesn’t want to play for the Vikings? You are mistaken if you think the Vikings would rather cut or trade [for nothing ] the BEST running back in football rather than keep him? Vikings could try and restructure his deal and even if we have to pay him he adds to our chances of being competitive in the North.

  4. Cut the cord on him. He’s never helped the Vikings win anyway, even with his super crazy great season. Loved watching him, but he’s old guard now, the Chilly/Frazier era. Lets move on.

  5. Free AP!! And stay with the Vikes kuz Romo isn’t going to take Dallas to the SB anytime soon either!!!

  6. i hope AP wins cause the NFL is out of control on treating everyone the same only way to set them right is hurt them where it hurts in the wallet

  7. He will win in court and prove, once again, that the NFL discipline policy is make it up you go, and needs new leadership with Goodell removed.

  8. You know the team is an embarrassment when a child abuser who is lucky as you know what will have another opportunity to play yet wants to leave the vikings at all costs.

  9. Or, it’s because he has been treated unfairly by the league and it’s out of control commissioner.

  10. It’s like the leagues inhouse counsel is the firm of Dewey,Cheatem and Howe.

    They’ve employed the legal strategy of Ready Shoot Aim.

  11. Interesting take on Peterson’s future.

    The NFL really has the Vikings over a barrel on this. If they are forced to wait until one month after the start of free agency to even find out whether Peterson is reinstated, that limits their ability to shop for his replacement in free agency. They either sign someone to replace him ahead of that deadline in which they guarantee he’ll be released or traded, or they sit tight and hope he gets reinstated.

    The deadline needs to be moved up to prior to the start of free agency. There’s no reason to delay a reinstatement decision beyond that.

  12. As a big PACK guy, I don’t want to see him back on the Vike’s. AP + bridge would be scary. Adrian spreads my guys pretty good. Best of luck to him in this matter though. GO PACK!!

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  13. I have no idea what benefits are they getting by not reinstating him before April 15th. I just don’t get it, Goodell, you are just flat out horrible at your job. I hope you get fired soon.

  14. Has anybody ever played sting pong? It’s when you play ping pong, and if you score a point, your opponent lifts up their shirt, and you hit the ball at them.

    I was playing that game with some cousins over Christmas. Then, 2 of them decided to take it up another notch, and played a game where the guy who scored the point got to hit his opponent’s bare torso with the paddle.

    I call that game “Peterson pong”.

  15. The NFL already lied to him, made him sit out almost a full season.

    The least they can do is let him enter free agency

  16. It’s a long shot, but could AP go to Dallas? Salary Cap wise, I don’t think it’s possible, but that would be awesome IMO.

    Full disclosure, I am not a Cowboys fan…

  17. gopack12go says:Feb 6, 2015 9:32 AM

    Ariani, how does it feel to get beat down constantly by your “little sisters to the east?” How embarrassing.

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    Chill out “gopack12go”. Packer vs Viking all time record is 58-49-2. That means you’ve only won about 15% more games than Vikings. The pendulum will swing the other way, it always does. And now we finally have a quarterback…

  18. What it’s gotten down to is the league has actually punished the Vikings’ organization now. I simply cannot understand how a commissioner can lay such a suspension on someone that is basically being given a Diversionary Sentence to a Misdemeanor Level offense within a Court of Law.

    All that’s happening now — Is the Vikings are left with no answer to how long this foolishness will continue.

    The commissioner needs to be definite on punishment in situations like this so that teams can effectively plan for their rosters.

  19. get a couple 1st round picks from Dallas and move on. Peterson has been great but this is Teddy’s team now and this draft is loaded at RB.

  20. Correct me if I’m wrong, but teams are not allowed to have any contact with a suspended player. This means that they cannot determine his interest in remaining with the team, or restructuring his contract. It also means that the team cannot trade him during this period. The only option the team has is to release the player. This is why the reinstatement date is so important to Peterson and the Vikings. April 15th is a lose / lose for both sides. Once reinstated, the Vikings hold a good share of the cards, as to what happens next (if they choose). They have cap space to make free agent moves. They have a lot of young talent, so will not make a lot of move. This means they can wait till the draft or beginning of the season to release him, adding trade value, with some teams that may get impatient and needing to finalize their off-season plans.

  21. You know the team is an embarrassment when a child abuser who is lucky as you know what will have another opportunity to play yet wants to leave the vikings at all costs.
    ——————–
    Bush apologizes for leaving you behind. Good grief.

  22. After the way the Wilfs and senior management turned their backs on him I don’t blame AP one bit for wanting to go elsewhere. Wilfs have turned out to be gutless, self-serving owners who did not stand by the face of the franchise (I’m not saying defending what he did, but at least supporting the idea of redemption and paying the price for his wrongdoing). Bad ownership.

  23. gopack12go says:Feb 6, 2015 9:32 AM

    Ariani, how does it feel to get beat down constantly by your “little sisters to the east?” How embarrassing.
    ————————————————-
    Vikings = no true franchise QB since 1979.

    Packers = 23 years of Franchise QBs since ’92.

    You have managed a 10 game swing in the series, mostly in the last 5 years with Aaron Rodgers while the Vikings re-loaded/re-built through the draft.

    It will swing back the other way, always does. Buffalo OWNED the Patriots for 15 years. Redskins OWNED the Giants for 10 years. Cincinnati used to OWN the Steelers in the 80’s/mid-90’s. Teams don’t stay on top in perpetuity.

    Your team is one injury away from 1-15. Walk humbly….

  24. Ap better not leave Minnesota. Those retards running the vikings better realize what type of team they could have with that nasty defense, bridgewater, and peterson on the field. Last year in zimmers first year they would have made the playoffs with peterson. The NFL needs to wake up and let the vikings management talk with adrian.

    I’m tired of this damn team pissing away talent.

  25. Frazier28/7 says:
    Feb 6, 2015 10:19 AM
    get a couple 1st round picks from Dallas and move on. Peterson has been great but this is Teddy’s team now and this draft is loaded at RB.
    —————————-

    Lol at 2 first round picks. If they can get a second round pick I say they take it. No way the Cowboys, or any other team for that matter, give up 2 first round picks and take on Adrians Huge Contract.

  26. The Vikings want to bring him back at a reduced salary, but they can’t negotiate with him until 5 weeks after free agency starts. If that doesn’t work out, they might cut him or try to trade him. The bottom line is they don’t know how much cap space they’ll have when free agency starts so they’re at a huge disadvantage. I don’t understand why the NFL chose to punish the Vikings when they created this arbitrary reinstatement date.

  27. buds4grant says:
    Feb 6, 2015 10:31 AM

    You know the team is an embarrassment when a child abuser who is lucky as you know what will have another opportunity to play yet wants to leave the vikings at all costs.
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    Bush apologizes for leaving you behind. Good grief.

    ————-

    What part don’t you get?

    If AD just goes along with his suspension, he’s back with the Vikes in plenty of time for OTAs and resumes his football playing career.. But, that’s not what he wants, he wants to get out of Minnesota as soon as possible and waiting until the end of his suspension makes that slightly more difficult. Not impossible, just a tiny bit more difficult. But, since he hates it there so much, he doesn’t want to risk even increasing by a miniscule amount the likelihood that he might have to stay in Minnesota. Who can blame him?

  28. The deadline needs to be moved up to prior to the start of free agency. There’s no reason to delay a reinstatement decision beyond that.

    There was also no reason to suspend him 15 games but Roger did that anyways. Roger should have been given the boot years ago.

  29. Can somebody explain to me why it would make sense for the Cowboys to let Demarco Murray walk and sign Peterson ??

    Murray is probably looking for about $8m/year, which is about Matt Forte’s second-contract type of money.

    AP is making $12.75M this year. He won’t get that much on the open market, obviously, but he’s also not signing for the $3.5-4m/yr Reggie Bush and Toby Gerhart signed for the past two offseasons, either. I see him and Demarco getting about the same in guarantees and average.

    So the choice is to let your star RB, that you drafted and developed, walk for an older player who sat out almost a full season and already has one strike in the league’s new “two strikes and you’re banned” Domestic Violence policy? Murray’s also younger with much less carries on his body.

    I know AP has been awesome in the past, but Demarco was awesome THIS year.

  30. Green Bay wouldn’t be a bad landing spot for AP. Maybe the Packers high moral standards would rub off on him. Plus, he’d be a serviceable backup to Lacy and Starks. Offer him the league minimum and I’m sure he’d love to play on national TV every week.

  31. AP beating a toddler with a stick is now the Patriots’ fault somehow? Patriots Derangement Syndrome is spreading even faster than we thought, remember to inoculate your children by having them wear Tom Brady jerseys at least once a week.

  32. Both parties want this bumped up. Peterson might not get traded but getting reinstatement at the start of the league year provides options to the Vikings and AD.

    More money with the Vikes.

    Dallas will need a RB, who else has a pressing need?

    Since Dallas wont commit to Dez and Murray, I think the chances are slim for AD to get to Dallas.

  33. coachkilla6 says:
    Feb 6, 2015 1:55 PM
    Green Bay wouldn’t be a bad landing spot for AP. Maybe the Packers high moral standards would rub off on him. Plus, he’d be a serviceable backup to Lacy and Starks. Offer him the league minimum and I’m sure he’d love to play on national TV every week………

    The Packers Office is closed until April 30th…The Packers got their once in 10 year free agent from Diamond Ted last year…They are all on vacation

  34. If AD just goes along with his suspension, he’s back with the Vikes in plenty of time for OTAs and resumes his football playing career.. But, that’s not what he wants, he wants to get out of Minnesota as soon as possible and waiting until the end of his suspension makes that slightly more difficult. Not impossible, just a tiny bit more difficult. But, since he hates it there so much, he doesn’t want to risk even increasing by a miniscule amount the likelihood that he might have to stay in Minnesota. Who can blame him?
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    Yes Carl we can blame him. But contrary to what you say, AP has said nothing about wanting to leave the Vikes. As far as the team not wanting him…only one guy, Kevin Warren who is head of the Vikings’ general council has said as much. Not the Wilfs, not Zimmer, not Speilman. Only Warren. And he has very little power in such matters. AP knows he would be a fool to not want to stay in Minny. He understands this team is on the verge of something special with Zimmer and Teddy leading the way. He also knows the Vikings’ are a top ten team in popularity with the best uniforms, logos, colors and mascot in the league. You want to know a team he wouldn’t want to play for? It would be the armpit of the NFL called Green Bay. Nooooo player truly wants to play for that neon yellow team. Ugly colors to don and nothing to do there. Go troll on your on team’s pathetic website. BTW, how was that gut punch two weeks ago? LMAO

  35. So from reading this comment section, here’s how it seems to go:

    -Vikings fan makes fun of Packers, despite being a fan of a team that is light years behind the Packers.

    -Packers fan points out the fact that the Packers completely dominate the Vikings.

    -Vikings fan’s best response is “Oh yeah?? ….. Well….someday in the future, that might not be the case!”

    Sounds about right.

  36. Green Bay wouldn’t be a bad landing spot for AP. Maybe the Packers high moral standards would rub off on him. Plus, he’d be a serviceable backup to Lacy and Starks. Offer him the league minimum and I’m sure he’d love to play on national TV every week.
    ————————
    You are joking right? The are two reason why GB players don’t show up on the police report: The cops turn a blind eye to anything the players do wrong and there is NOTHING to do there. The second reason is why, in a recent national website sports poll, that GB is the least likely team they would want to play for.

  37. snowlock2013 says:
    Feb 6, 2015 1:33 AM
    Cut the cord on him. He’s never helped the Vikings win anyway, even with his super crazy great season. Loved watching him, but he’s old guard now, the Chilly/Frazier era. Lets move on.
    ————————————–
    Are you high? That season the Vikings may not have won a game without him. He was averaging more yards per rush than Ponder was averaging per attempt. He carried that team to a 10-6 record in a league where all the rules favor the passing game.

  38. Vikings fan makes fun of Packers, despite being a fan of a team that is light years behind the Packers.

    -Packers fan points out the fact that the Packers completely dominate the Vikings.

    -Vikings fan’s best response is “Oh yeah?? ….. Well….someday in the future, that might not be the case!”
    Sounds about right
    ———————————————-
    Completely dominate a fact? LOL Over the past 50 years, the Packers have a 9 game lead. With most of the lead happening in the last 5 years. Hyperbole, anyone? Go troll somewhere else.

  39. After the way the Wilfs and senior management turned their backs on him I don’t blame AP one bit for wanting to go elsewhere. Wilfs have turned out to be gutless, self-serving owners who did not stand by the face of the franchise (I’m not saying defending what he did, but at least supporting the idea of redemption and paying the price for his wrongdoing). Bad ownership
    ——————————————-
    Bad ownership? Smoking the wacky is clouding your ability to be objective. The Wilfs have been nothing but great to the fans and AP. They just orchestrated the single greatest feat in Vikings’ management history by getting a new billion dollar stadium and, in such, kept the team in Minnesota just as they promised to the fans when they bought the team in ’05. They paid AP this past season even though he was suspended b/c the liberal media lynched, tarred and feather AP in the realm of the public social media. Go troll somewhere else. Your ignorant comments can only be appreciated by the half wits that call themselves fans of the neon yellow and green team.

  40. Spanking much less whipping allowed in my home. Peterson was so wrong. If he has sought help give him a 2nd chance. Wonder how many other children will come out about whipping? Should I say not come out because won’t have $$$$$ support.

  41. eyeguy81 says: Feb 6, 2015 3:36 PM

    Completely dominate a fact? LOL Over the past 50 years, the Packers have a 9 game lead. With most of the lead happening in the last 5 years. Hyperbole, anyone? Go troll somewhere else.
    ——————–

    You lavender Larrys love to point out how terrible the Packers were for two decades, in the 70s and 80s.

    So if the Packers were so bad for two whole decades…..how do the Packers have a lead at all? You point to the last five years, but five years is less than two decades.

    So yes, it is a fact that the Packers completely dominate the Vikings. Your team has won ONCE over the last 5 years, and couldn’t even eke out a win against the dynamic duo of Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn. That’s called domination.

    Over the last 15 years, the Packers are 21-10-1 against the Vikings. Winning over twice as often as they lose……That’s called domination.

    Going back to the 70s doesn’t change the present day domination.

  42. You lavender Larrys love to point out how terrible the Packers were for two decades, in the 70s and 80s.

    So if the Packers were so bad for two whole decades…..how do the Packers have a lead at all? You point to the last five years, but five years is less than two decades.
    So yes, it is a fact that the Packers completely dominate the Vikings. Your team has won ONCE over the last 5 years, and couldn’t even eke out a win against the dynamic duo of Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn. That’s called domination.
    Over the last 15 years, the Packers are 21-10-1 against the Vikings. Winning over twice as often as they lose……That’s called domination.
    Going back to the 70s doesn’t change the present day domination………………..

    Lavender huh? Get your color vision checked. Purple is not lavender just as red is not pink.
    You neon yellow trollers have been very fortunate to have had two back to back elite QBs. You had Tolzein and Flynn while we had Ponder and Jackson. Tit for tat. 21-10 in 15. Discount the last five years, the previous 10 years the records was 11-10. No dominance there. Only in the last five have you guys had the upper hand. Not a big sample size. Go troll somewhere else.

  43. Bet you’re one of those idiots who wanted Manziel last offseason. Or were saying “No, Ponder’s young give him a chance.” Or was chanting “Teddy” last year.

  44. That’s funny. People think that the Vikings are on “the verge of something special” because of a soft-tossing QB who threw for 12 INT’s and 14 TD’s. They may be improving, but they haven’t even had a winning record yet, so I’m not sure what’s so special, except for eyeguy81. He’s very special.

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