Peterson’s dad says Adrian is open to returning to Vikings

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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?

81 responses to “Peterson’s dad says Adrian is open to returning to Vikings

  1. He won’t be in Dallas, that for sure.

    Only a fool would take Peterson over Murray, all things being equal (overall, guaranteed, years) in a contract offer. Peterson will be the wrong side of 30 when the season starts, where Murray just turned 27. Peterson barely touched the ball in a year, and carries a ton of off the field baggage. Peterson is also not nearly the receiving threat that Murray is.

    Career:
    Adrian Peterson – 8 years in league, 2 seasons over 1400 yards
    Demarco Murray – 4 years in league, 1 season over 1400 yards

    Last season both played:
    2013 Peterson – 16 games — 1266 rush yards, 171 receiving yards = 1437 total yards
    2013 Murray – 14 games — 1121 yards, 350 receiving yards = 1471 total yards

    Best Season:
    2012 Peterson – 2079 rush yards, 217 receiving yards = 2296 total yards
    2014 Murray – 1845 rush yards, 416 receiving = 2261 total yards

  2. At this point I would make a case for cutting Peterson,
    and making a run at Murray. He obviously runs well, is younger and catches better than Peterson.

  3. he knows he has to play for the vikes or retire all fan now will watch to see where he goes after that

  4. And for the folks who are comparing DeMarco Murray to Adrian. There is no comparison. DeMarco got worked like a dog last year while Adrian rested and got stronger. Adrian will go nuts statistically next year while Murray’s production drops.

  5. Peterson should have banned for life. There is no place in processional sports for someone like Peterson.

    I find it odd how some people defend Peterson abusing his young son, because Peterson is good at football. Kind of makes me.wonder how some people so ignorant know how to log on to the internet.

  6. Adrian needs to sit down with Zimmer and talk. Once that happens he’ll be happy with staying in Minnesota. At this point Adrian has a good reason to be miffed with the Vikings. They did not go to bat for him last year. They and the NFL caved to pressure from sponsors. Adrian should have been reinstated last year after clearing up his case in Texas but corporate sponsors didn’t want him on the field last year. Once he gets back on the field and gets through next season he’ll end up being a Viking for life.

  7. With a young QB and undoubtedly a young receiver being brought in via the draft, I think the team needs to start looking toward the inevitable future at running back. No better time than the present, in light of the circumstances.

  8. The thought of Murray is as good or better than Peterson is laughable. No disrespect to murray but he has dez and romo along with the best oline in the nfl. Peterson has had ONE pro bowl qb and I don’t recall the vikings ever having the best oline or even a top 5. How many times over Murrays career has he faced 8+ in the box? Peterson does on pretty much every play.

  9. It was also reported that AP agent got into several other heated debates with other agents and execs!! Ben Dogra has that reputation! He’s a total conceded jerk!!

  10. I suspect this is all created by the agent. if you can create the idea that Adrian Peterson will play someplace else then the Vikes are less likely to force him into a pay cut which frankly he probably doesn’t want to do after losing millions in endorsements. I would be surprised if there’s anything really to this. And no matter what AP wants he has a contract and he won’t sit out another year. He and his agent are losing millions.

  11. As a Packers fan, I’m loving this off the field drama!

    Notice there isn’t much noise in Green Bay? That’s because we’re working on getting our 14th World Championship!

  12. I think Peterson plays for the Vikings this year and the Cowboys let Murray walk. The Cowboys can sign someone like Ingram to a one year deal for a smaller cap hit, boost the D and sign Peterson in 2016 when his contract is up.

  13. Kevin Warren may be the dumbest person in the world and should be fired ASAP if he was employeed by the Vikings and working to keep AP off the field.

  14. I don’t see his father’s opinion as being all that interesting, what would be interesting to know is how Adrian Peterson’s father feels about his grandchildren getting a switch till they are bloody? Is he proud? Has he spoken to his own son about his criminal behavior? Where does he think Adrian learned that sort of behavior, in his own childhood home?

    Viking fans should take a stand and say, I don’t care if we finish in last place again, I don’t want to watch a team that employs a mentally distrubed child abuser. I don’t care what it takes, don’t bring him back, just looking at him makes me sick to my stomach.

    But it would take having standards to do that.

  15. Perhaps he finally listens to his dad. Vikings are committed to bring him back and paid him while on suspension leave. Don’t turn your back on one of the leagues’ best owners AP. Remember no one did this to you but yourself. Get a grip and don’t embarrass yourself more. Learn from it and move on.

  16. Perhaps he finally listens to his dad instead of his wild wife. Vikings are committed to bring him back and paid him while on suspension leave. Don’t turn your back on one of the leagues’ best owners AP. Remember no one did this to you but yourself. Get a grip and don’t embarrass yourself more. Learn from it and move on.

  17. Another day which naturally is followed by a day of dysfunction for the minnesota vikings it’s like an ongoing soap opera for the NFL.

  18. joecancun says:

    At this point I would make a case for cutting Peterson,
    and making a run at Murray.
    ===================================

    LOL Murray isn’t leaving Dallas.

  19. This situation reminds me of the Vincent Jackson saga in San Diego, where Jackson was coming off a suspension, part of which was imposed by the Chargers. The animosity between Jackson and A.J. Smith was palpable.

    And that same Vincent Jackson crisis offers the Vikings a possible pathway out of this mess. The Chargers allowed Jackson’s agent permission to explore opportunities with other teams, even though he was still under contract to the Chargers. Peterson’s agent could ask for the same, work out in principle a contract extension/restructuring with another team. This is what happened with Jackson, except that the Chargers wanted too much in return. The Vikings could pursue this once Peterson is reinstated, provided that they could attract a fair offer for AP.

  20. jimthebuilder27 says:
    Feb 23, 2015 8:11 PM
    As a Packers fan, I’m loving this off the field drama!

    Notice there isn’t much noise in Green Bay? That’s because we’re working on getting our 14th World Championship!
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Only the noise of the loudest choke in the NFL.

  21. Surprised this site hasn’t mentioned the report that Peterson’s agent and a Vikings VP got in a dustup at the combine and had to be physically separated. The agent was heard stating that AP would never play in Minny again. Google it.

  22. Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, told the Vikings today AP will never play another down for them. He had to be restrained from Vikes VP Rob Brzezinski at the combine today. Good riddance AP. Have fun going broke in the next 3 years.

  23. jimthebuilder27 says:
    Feb 23, 2015 8:11 PM
    As a Packers fan, I’m loving this off the field drama!

    Notice there isn’t much noise in Green Bay? That’s because we’re working on getting our 14th World Championship!………

    Did you hear, The Packers have already won next years Super Bowl

  24. whatjusthapped says: Feb 23, 2015 9:00 PM

    Viking fans should take a stand and say, I don’t care if we finish in last place again, I don’t want to watch a team that employs a mentally distrubed child abuser. I don’t care what it takes, don’t bring him back, just looking at him makes me sick to my stomach.
    ===================

    I have no problem at all saying that!!!

  25. As a Packers fan, I’m loving this off the field drama!

    Notice there isn’t much noise in Green Bay? That’s because we’re working on getting our 14th World Championship!………

    ———————
    Just that whole Letroy Guion thing………..but that’s none of my business.

  26. codythao35 says:
    Feb 23, 2015 9:06 PM

    Perhaps he finally listens to his dad instead of his wild wife. Vikings are committed to bring him back and paid him while on suspension leave. Don’t turn your back on one of the leagues’ best owners AP. Remember no one did this to you but yourself. Get a grip and don’t embarrass yourself more. Learn from it and move on.
    ——————————————-
    You mean the NFL owner Zygi Wilf who was convicted of fraud and racketeering charges and had to pay $100 million to his ex-partners a couple years ago for “organized-crime-type activities”? That NFL owner? Your owner is the worst of the bunch, proven in a court of law.

  27. Looks like he’s gone, and if he’s feeling like the victim here, he still doesn’t get it, which is just too bad. I thought he’d come clean, admit fault, recognize the need to be contrite, and quietly work hard to have a good season. Instead, it seems as if he’s surrounded by a bunch of enablers and yes men (ie, Dogra) looking for the payday instead of simply advising him to do the right thing. If he thinks the Vikings are at fault and disloyal rather than looking in the mirror, then let him go. I suppose some other new fan base will idolize the guy. Sad deal.

  28. The Vikings are in a position of strength here because they have AD under contract and are willing to pay him what they owe him next year. I’m sure they will try to trade him but they don’t need to. They either get what they consider good value for him, he plays for them next year, or he doesn’t play at all. I think they’ll wind up getting a late first round pick out of this deal, and I couldn’t imagine them getting anything for him a few weeks ago.

  29. All you people who keep talking about Peterson to Dallas are very slow……. Dallas can’t afford Murray they definitely can’t afford Peterson & even if they could Murray is a FA. He has no contract to trade. There will be no trade. Murray gets signed by Dallas or walks & signs somewhere else. Wow people. Wow.

  30. The POS child abuser, who whipped his son in the testicles, over and over, is open to play with the Vikings?

    How nice of him.

    SMH.

  31. Nobody wants the baggage or the cost to haul that baggage around. Running backs are like spare tires…sure, you need one…..but how much does it contribute to the entire car running smoothly? Some spare tires are better than others, but should it cost more than the other four tires combined?

  32. “gylven says: gets 15 mil this year then next year he can go wherever he wants”

    Actually Adrian Peterson signed a 7 year, 100 million cap deal in 2011 and isn’t eligible to become an UFA until 2018… meaning he isn’t going ANYWHERE unless and until the Vikings say so.

  33. Look, the Vikings still hold all the cards here. No matter what AP or his agent, or dad, or AP’s uncle in florida, or wife, or mom of his 3rd child, or aunts uncle says. The Vikings hold all of the cards here, and there isn’t anything that he can do.

    The Vikings can trade him, if they want. They can not trade, him, not negotiate, and pay him what he’s supposed to be paid this year. Then go and draft his future replacement.

    Remember, petersons comments about wanting to statistically be the best back ever? Well, what is he gonna do if the Vikings want to play hardball? Go into training camp and not play? That’s fine, throw his butt on IR… Either get what you want for him, or throw him on IR.. Play hardball back with him. He will either pull his head out of his rectum, or retire. Which is fine. Vikings own his rights.

  34. What Adrian Peterson’s agent may or may not have said means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! AD still has 3 years left on his contract and unless the Vikings choose to cut him (unlikely… would you?) or trade him (not likely unless his contract is renegotiated and the Vikings get a RUDE amounts of draft picks), AD will stay with the Vikings until he becomes an UFA in 2018.

    Now, as to the situation between Ben Dogra and Rob Brzezinski… if AD tries to pull a Randy Moss or Percy Harvin, and refuse to play or underplay, that would be a breach of contract and the Vikings can (and would) not only sue him, but bench him for the remaining time on the contract.

    Peterson WILL play for the Vikings for the 3 years or he will be polishing pine unless THE VIKINGS say other wise.

    Put your needles back in your shorts… AD is NEVER playing for Queen Bay.

  35. mclovin07 says:
    Feb 23, 2015 11:44 PM
    He’s open??

    Ummm, he’s under contract last I checked.

    Thanks for confirming that tho, Pops.

    ——————–

    Doesn’t mean he has to play. He could sit out.

  36. Harve Gulch Cowboy says:
    Feb 23, 2015 8:15 PM

    I think Peterson plays for the Vikings this year and the Cowboys let Murray walk. The Cowboys can sign someone like Ingram to a one year deal for a smaller cap hit, boost the D and sign Peterson in 2016 when his contract is up.

    except his contract isn’t up in 2016

  37. Zimmer isn’t a personnel guy. He’s a coach. Speilman is the guy that will be dealing with this bozo.

    Zimmer wants the best talent on the field. Which means having Adrian in the backfield.

    Adrian is under contract, so unless he’s truly kicking and screaming to get out of MN, he’s not going anywhere. No team will pay him his salary. A 30 year old RB with A LOT of wear and tear on his body. No way someone forks over 15-16 mil/yr for him at that age.

    That’s like paying the price of a 2015 vehicle with 0 miles on it and what you get in return is a 2007 vehicle with 180k miles on it.

  38. @ daysend564:

    You seriously just tried to compare Murray to Adrian Peterson?

    That was funny. If Adrian got to run behind that OL last year he would have 2,500 yards easy. Murray can’t hold Peterson’s jock.

  39. The problem that Peterson has, is that he is being paid too much now. If he wants to be traded, the other team would demand a restructuring of his contract. If Peterson won’t restructure, no trade. The Vikes won’t cut him, but if they did, no other team would pay him the money he is being paid now anyway. Do you have any other ideas AD? “Retire! Retire!”. Oops no more money. Holdout?? No pay? I hope your favorite color is still purple.

    No leverage, so I think it is about time to quit trying to say you are the victim and get back to work. I bet the Vikes have already scouted RBs and are looking at Rbs at the combine. Zimmer said that they won’t look at any RBs in FA, but he didn’t mention he wouldn’t in the draft. Hint. Hint

  40. You people trying to make Demarco Murray look better (statistically) than Peterson are comical.

    The only way this guy is “better” right now is in the aspect of being younger. Period.

    Peterson was a once in a lifetime kind of talent. True he is not 25 anymore, but to be honest, on a one year basis, I’d still take Peterson. Murray got the numbers her got from being given the ball and thrown the ball on EVERY down.

    As a pure running back talent, few can be compared to Peterson. So just stop it.

    The only thing that is reasonable to say is that Demarco Murray (at his current age) MIGHT be a better choice than a 30 year old running back.

  41. shlort says:
    Feb 23, 2015 7:43 PM

    Peterson should have banned for life. There is no place in processional sports for someone like Peterson.

    I find it odd how some people defend Peterson abusing his young son, because Peterson is good at football. Kind of makes me.wonder how some people so ignorant know how to log on to the internet.
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    I don’t believe there is one person defending Peterson for abusing his son. I think there is a case that he should be given a second chance just as everyone else that has ever done wrong was given. Nothing more, nothing less. I am one that hopes he never plays another down in the NFL. However, it’s going to happen like it or not and by comparison he deserves the chance. No one has ever banned anyone else. There has been murder, manslaughter, etc… and no one has ever been banned.

    What Peterson did was very wrong. However we have to remember it was legal in the state it happened in. Like it or not.

  42. grandsonofcoach says: Feb 23, 2015 7:50 PM

    I have a lot of Minnesota friends (yes Packer and Viking fans can be friends) and most are saying they don’t want AP back.

    bridgeh2o says:

    Your circle is completely different than mine, grandsonofcoach. Looks like you’re a gbay fan from your post.

    I am a Viking fan,and ALL my family, fellow Viking friends want Adrian BACK……talking a close circle of about 50 people.

    Some outliers there, but MOST VIKING fans, not Minnestans-there is a huge difference-want Adrian back…….ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!

  43. Unbelievable hubris to think Peterson is still in the position to dictate terms to anyone. “Yes I’ll favor the Vikings with the option of me returning.” That’s not really how it’s gonna work from here on out.

  44. soscomplete says:
    Feb 23, 2015 7:49 PM
    With a young QB and undoubtedly a young receiver being brought in via the draft, I think the team needs to start looking toward the inevitable future at running back. No better time than the present, in light of the circumstances.
    ————————
    Completely disagree. A veteran future HOF like AP would greatly help a young QB and rookie WR for the next 3 years.

  45. Wow! People sure have a high opinion of them selves society really sucks!! Has anyone actually seen Peterson say he wasn’t playing for minnesota or ANYTHING!!

  46. AP will get fitted for an orange jumpsuit before he ever gets fitted for a gold blazer. He threw away his HOF chance. Just like Favre threw away their shot at a Super Bowl.

  47. The statistical comparisons of Murray and Peterson are invalid because of the simple fact that with the exception of 2 seasons with a washed up Favre, all of AD’s yards were gained without any passing threat. Damn near every yard he’s gained has been vs stacked boxes which quite frankly makes his numbers more impressive.

    He’s a “dude” … straight up.

  48. Why do Packers fans go on about their old championships so much? Nearly all of them occurred when the league had like 9 teams in it, and the only way to get to the stadiums was by oxcart.

  49. AP is dead to me, don’t care if he comes back or not. Dallas can have him for free for all I care. How many superbowls did AP win for us? zero baby. Go to Dallas and win them zero super bowls. The only team dumb enough to give us any value for AP is Seattle and they’ll do it. Just watch.

  50. kevin7777777 says: Feb 23, 2015 7:48 PM

    Adrian needs to sit down with Zimmer and talk. Once that happens he’ll be happy with staying in Minnesota.

    )))))))))))))))))))

    For some unknown reason the NFL has denied the Vikings a chance to even talk with AD throughout this suspension. So your suggestion is not possible.Why punish the organization for something out of their control? Goodell also pulled out a date 2 weeks before draft day for a day of “possible” reinstatement. Further punishing the Vikings. I do not believe he would have done that to the Pats for one and certain other teams as well.

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