In response to a report that Adrian Peterson has vowed through his agent to never play for the Vikings again, Peterson’s father has gone on the record to paint a different picture.
“He is open to returning to the Vikings,” Nelson Peterson told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “He hasn’t closed the door [and said], ‘I won’t play for the Vikings.’ He hasn’t demanded a trade.”
Still, Nelson Peterson made it clear that animosity lingers, confirming a report that Adrian believed new Vikings COO Kevin Warren worked with the NFL to keep Peterson off the field in 2015.
“Kevin Warren was a major player in the push last year to not have Adrian reinstated,” Nelson Peterson told the Pioneer Press. “We had our sources that we knew that Kevin wasn’t working for Adrian to get him back on the field and was working to keep Adrian off the field.”
The recent promotion of Warren undoubtedly was viewed by Peterson’s camp as an endorsement of Warren and his actions from 2014, if it’s true that he worked with the league to ensure that Peterson wouldn’t play last season.
The Vikings consistently have said they want Peterson to return. Coach Mike Zimmer has twice told PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio in the past two months that, if Peterson is dead set against playing for the Vikings, the coach will accommodate that. The challenge becomes giving Zimmer a chance to make his case to Peterson without anyone else involved.
For now, who knows when — or if — that will ever happen?