Adrian Peterson: “I am anxious to start a new chapter”

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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, in New York to seek reinstatement from the NFL, says he’s looking for a fresh start.

Peterson told Josina Anderson of ESPN that he thinks he’s ready to move on with his career.

“I am anxious to start a new chapter and get on with the rest of my life,” Peterson said, adding that he’s eager to share what he and his family went through while he was out of football last year.

Peterson didn’t specifically say that he wants his new chapter to be somewhere other than Minnesota, and he hasn’t said publicly that he wants to leave. But statements from Peterson’s agent, as well as multiple media reports, have indicated that he wants to go elsewhere because he thinks the Vikings weren’t supportive enough when he was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list last year after he was indicted for abusing his son.

Before Peterson can play anywhere, his meeting at the league office today is an attempt to convince Commissioner Roger Goodell that he should be reinstated. Goodell has indicated that he wants to hear both that Peterson feels remorse for what he did to his son and that Peterson has taken steps to ensure that he’s a better father in the future. Only after that will the NFL be convinced that he’s ready to start a new chapter.

163 responses to “Adrian Peterson: “I am anxious to start a new chapter”

  1. I sure hope Steve Kiem and the Cards draft a young stud bell cow type back for a fraction of what they would pay AP, AP is great, no doubt, but with the O line the cards have, we need a big back to go with Andre Ellington, we can get that in the draft THIS YEAR, not every year, but this year for sure.. Cards 13 3 NFC Champs 2015

  2. you shouldn’t have whipped your kid with a tree branch, Adrian. Isn’t that the real problem, Adrian?
    Not what the Vikings did, or did not do…

  3. so many of your comment in here are funny,
    this could mean like Mike wrote he’s ready to move on from last year.

    nothing was specified.
    when you speculate that’s when your feelings get hurt and, from your own doing.

    let the news come to us. their paid for this
    even though i cant wait for this to be over

  4. what he did is a 1000 times worse than what ray rice did, but he gets to play again. gotta love that.

  5. have indicated that he wants to go elsewhere because he thinks the Vikings weren’t supportive enough when he was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list last year after he was indicted for abusing his son.

    ———————-

    Are you serious?

    I am not sure who is a bigger idiot, him or Jed York. Spielman should just pull a Brian Burke and send this diva off to Jacksonville.

  6. Vikings fan here – I’m fine with an AP trade. Today’s NFL is a passing one. That being said, you don’t trade him unless you get at least 1 first round pick. If they trade him for anything other then that, there’s no point in trading him and he might as well remain on the roster. Even though the NFL and AP have put the Vikings in a tough spot, Vikings still hold all the cards.

    Trade him to Dallas or Arizona for a 1st and 3rd.. This is Teddy’s team now.

  7. clg82 says:

    You this to yourself AP, let go of feeling entitled and look at your situation from a normal persons view……

    ____________________________________________

    Unfortunately, Peterson is not a “normal” person. That’s why you are commenting about it. If you were the one who abused your son, no one would care if you got another job. No one would care if you got reinstated. No one could give a damn what happened to your career. I wish we would stop trying to compare our lives to these people who live in the spotlight. They are richer, better looking, and more talented than us. Which is why we choose to watch them entertain us. #facts

  8. Adrian you beat your kid senseless, not the viking staff…man up it was your doing not anyone else. Honor your contract like the professional that you are supposed to be! !

  9. “Slick Rick already has a deal in place, Peterson knows it, but he can’t say anything. The trade will be announced on draft night”

    He doesn’t need to wait until draft night. There is nothing to prevent them from trading away his rights right now for a draft pick. Unfortunately, you’re not going to like the 5th round pick that they get for him. Nobody is going to offer much with that ridiculous contract he carries with him.

  10. i put nothing past slick rick.
    after his words with harvin, then traded shortly after all is on the table.

    unlike some i still want Adrian here
    #fingercrossed

    #forgivedontforget

  11. Best Franchise in the NFL.

    18 Divisonal titles, the 3rd best winning percentage of all time.

    Adrian Peterson would be honored to play for us.

    Look at the facts.

  12. I wonder if Adrian Peterson will ask Roger Goodell if Goodell has any remorse about having only given Ray Rice a two game suspension?

  13. “Slick Rick already has a deal in place, Peterson knows it, but he can’t say anything. The trade will be announced on draft night”

    I doubt that very much, unless he’s willing to take dirt in return.

    No team, NO TEAM is going to trade a high draft pick for Peterson at his currently salary with the PR nightmare he represents.

  14. The funniest thing is that Vikings fans actually think they can compete with Green Bay this year. Especially without AP, compare the 2 rosters. It’s a joke.

    QB: Packers
    RB: Packers
    OL: (all 5 positions) Packers
    WR: Packers
    TE: Vikings when Rudolph actually plays

    DL: Vikings – although Daniels is a stud
    LB: Packers – even without ILBs, GB is better
    CB: Packers – Rhodes is good. No one else.
    SS: Packers
    FS: Vikings – but HHCD has a pretty high ceiling.

    Oh yeah and the important ones:

    Coaching: Packers. Even with a bad 5 mins in the CG, GB has owned Minny

    GM: LOL. Um. NOT “slick Rick” I’ll tell you that.

  15. Either keep him or trade him for nothing less than a 2015 1st round pick. It’s pretty simple. And I don’t think any team is dumb enough to give up a 1st round pick and pick up his contract so he’ll most likely stay in Minne where he belongs.

  16. toycannoni says:
    Apr 7, 2015 12:57 PM

    question is….will tampering charges be filed against jerry jones if he goes to dallas

    Why do people keep bringing this up??? Jerry Jones can’t be charged with tampering because Peterson initiated the call, not the other way around! /smh

  17. P.S. All you people who think you really know your football keep this in mind. Unless the Minnesota Vikings receive at least a low #1 pick-Adrain Peterson isn’t going anywhere. No franchise will let any one player push them around especially after what Adrian Peterson has put the Minnesota Vikings franchise and fanbase through. Adrain Peterson is still a huge difference maker regardless of what anyone else thinks, therefore it will take a load to pry him from the Vikings, bet on it……………..

  18. If anyone has ‘remorse’ in this situation, it is probably all the Vikings fans that supported this knucklehead when the media was passing out the pitchforks and torches. I count myself in that group. I hope he is traded and I never have to see him in purple and gold again.

  19. Have to love the minnesota fan base which has lost sight of morality. They stood by an abuser and drug user in hopes of actually seeing their team finish above .500 for once but when he rejects them they trash him not because of what he did to the poor child but because he hurt the fans feelings in not wanting to play there. How twisted is that? Cant imagine having to look your own children in the eyes and tell them you had supported what he did.

  20. Has anyone seen remorse? I’ve only seen irritation and anger.

    Anyone heard of him taking parenting classes, anger management classes, or anything that would improve himself?

    Has he donated money to children’s charities or working for a charity with all this time on his hands?

    What about that positive drug test?

    I have not heard an apology. Perhaps if he will begin these things he might be reinstated by October or November.

  21. If Vikes can’t or don’t trade him, I say run AP into the ground with 400+ carries this season.

    Just ask Priest Holmes, Larry Johnson, and Shaun Alexnader how their bodies held up after the same thing

  22. “sterling7″…. Your only going to get what others are willing to give… 30 year old RBs aren’t worth a #1… AP may be the exception but in a deep RB draft any move made is a win now move

  23. Let me see if I understand the Viking fan base correctly.

    It’s ok that he beat his son?

    But its unforgivable that he wants to be traded?

  24. and people thought randy moss was an idiotic prick. way to take it a to a new level of ignorance and stupidity, he almost sounds like a packer fan.

  25. No GM is giving a first round pick for this guy. First round picks are potentially around for 5 seasons and AP doesn’t have 5 seasons left on those legs. Second round pick tops.

  26. ” he’s eager to share what he and his family went through while he was out of football last year.”

    What HE went through? Listen Adrian, it’s called consequences. You make a bad choice, and you suffer the consequences. The punishment you face does not make you a victim.

  27. I think it’s obvious that Packer trolls are here primarily to make Viking fans look bad.

    However, it should be noted that the Viking fans themselves do most of the heavy lifting.

  28. The league should help chip in to the Vikings to pay this guy to ride the bench the last two years of his contract. Would that be an acceptable message to players?

  29. Hopefully it is Chapter 11 with the Vikes not trading him and him not playing or getting paid. I was an apologist for this idiot for far too long. I really thought that he was going to do the right thing and admit he made a mistake and make an effort to change his ways for the benefit of his children, other children or at least for his image and career. He’s about as bright as the inside of a cow.

  30. He still needs to be punished for what he did. He received a year long, paid vacation. That is not punishment.

  31. Look how fast the heidi fans turn on the only elite player they’ve had on their team since Randy Moss’ first go around with the Minnesota Dumpster fires.

  32. Peterson is not worth a 1st round pick. He is way too expensive at 45 million overy the next 3 years..and he is killing his own value.

    Vikings ask for a 1st. The team working out a trade is going to say we aren’t giving a 1sr. We are doing you a favor taking not only that big contract, but the unhappy player We will give u a 2nd and next year’s 4th.

    I am just glad that Peterson came out and said this so Vikings fans can quit blaming it on his agent. All the agent was doing was what his client asked, and that’s his job.

  33. Everyone wants to talk about consequences.

    That’s what AP was trying to teach his son. His son pushed another child off of a motorcycle arcade game. A child could be seriously injured by that. I’m not talking about a few scratches like AP’s son got, I’m talking broken bones or worse.

    Don’t lose sight of this people. Sadly, the people here reflect the ignorant masses. SO quick to judge, so quick to want punishment. Reminds me of masses of people crying out to burn the witches. Burn them. Angry mobs seldom make sense. No different here.

    I 100% support AP’s right to discipline his child how he sees fit. And the original grand jury agreed. Too bad for AP that Ray Rice did what he did (which is faaaar worse and totally unnecessary). That’s when the tide turned on him. This country has lost it’s way.

  34. Calling AD entitled then throwing a hissy fit because he wants to move on is hilarious.

    But it’s about the kids right? Anyone care about the kids? No? Just how it effects you and the team you root for, right? Got it.

  35. “Unfortunately, Peterson is not a “normal” person. That’s why you are commenting about it. If you were the one who abused your son, no one would care if you got another job. No one would care if you got reinstated. No one could give a damn what happened to your career. I wish we would stop trying to compare our lives to these people who live in the spotlight. They are richer, better looking, and more talented than us. Which is why we choose to watch them entertain us. #facts”

    A++++ post

  36. AP doesn’t take care of his kids. He sees them for a couple weeks in the summer. The one kid he didn’t take care of was beaten to death by another man!!!

    Then AP beats the kids he does see when he has a chance to spend time with them. If AP never gets reinstated its alright with me.

    Packers fans you so funny. Your college team looked good last night, they pulled a Packers special. Congrats.

  37. 59 comments and not one regarding Goodell’s role. Re-instate the man! After you tried to rig the system in your favor and hire your henchman to be the Arbitor. who in turn totally botched the call, the courts made it right. So now you stall some more. He has paid his due to society, as judged byt the Texas courts. he has paid his due to the NFL, even though Goodell wants to make it a moving target. And he has paid a price himself, loss of endorsements, and more importantly to him respect. Give the man his job back…NOW!

  38. I hope Adrian whined to Goodell about how unfairly he’s been treated by the Vikings and what a victim he is in this whole situation. Goodell should continue the suspension until Peterson admits that this was all his fault and the Vikings did nothing wrong.

  39. Someday Peterson will retire and when he does, his career will be best known for:

    1) whipping a 4 year old bloody
    2) fumbling 3 times in the NFC championship game.
    3) winning one playoff game (and he needed Farve to even do that)

  40. “New chapter and get on with the rest of my life.” Makes it almost sounds like he wants to retire and they (NFL) are preventing him from doing so. Otherwise, he should say he wants to resume playing football.

  41. Me thinks Dallas clearing $12,000,000 in cap space is too much of a coincidence. Once he gets reinstated, he gets dealt.

    Nice knowing you AP. Too bad you turned into such a cry baby at the end. But, the next chapter is here. Time to move on with Teddy. Hopefully, someone gives up a first rounder and more for you.

  42. dallasdominates
    love what you wrote #truth

    i will say that people will care, but not to this magnitude.
    but the other job part. 100% on the money.

    if you all want to make an impact. go to your local agency and ask for stiffer consequences for the children of the future.
    and make real progress.

    also child abuse is not 1000% worse than woman abuse,
    there shouldnt be a level to these. both are terrible.

  43. I’ve grown from being a fan of this player to absolutely despising him as a human being.

    His aura of entitlement and lack of humility is an embarassment. He has shown little or no remorse and continues to point fingers at anything or anyone around him to deflect blame.

    I seriously hope that Goodell uses true Judgement in determining whether Peterson actually has proven to earn the privilege of being an NFL Player— Because I am really, really struggling to see it (admittedly from a public view)…. I cannot bring myself to cheer for him any longer and am more than ready for my team (The Vikings) to find an ideal format of getting him out of here.

  44. These guys are making this more complicated than Middle East peace.

    I negotiate for a living. They need a tri-party agreement: the Vikings, the team that wants to trade for him (Dallas), and Peterson.

    Everyone has to give up something to get something.

    The Vikings need to give up Peterson for reasonable draft compensation.

    The team that wants to trade for him (Dallas) needs to agree to the draft compensation and contract terms with Peterson.

    Peterson needs to agree to the trade and a new contract that reduces his compensation.

    If any one of the three try to “win” at the expense of the other two it doesn’t work.

  45. His best form of punishment would be to remain with the vikings. Loser human being on a losing franchise.

  46. “The funniest thing is that Vikings fans actually think they can compete with Green Bay this year. Especially without AP, compare the 2 rosters. It’s a joke.

    QB: Packers
    RB: Packers
    OL: (all 5 positions) Packers
    WR: Packers
    TE: Vikings when Rudolph actually plays

    DL: Vikings – although Daniels is a stud
    LB: Packers – even without ILBs, GB is better
    CB: Packers – Rhodes is good. No one else.
    SS: Packers
    FS: Vikings – but HHCD has a pretty high ceiling.

    Oh yeah and the important ones:

    Coaching: Packers. Even with a bad 5 mins in the CG, GB has owned Minny

    GM: LOL. Um. NOT “slick Rick” I’ll tell you that.”

    The funniest thing is that you think the Packers are beyond reproach. How was your season without Aaron Rodgers? Not great. So why do you judge the Vikings on a season where we lost our top player, our top TE, and OL at the start of the season, started a new rookie QB and came within a play of finishing .500.

    QB: Packers (true, but the gap is narrowing considerably).

    RB: With AP – Vikings, Without AP – Still the Vikings…Jerick McKinnon Avg 4.8 per carry, Lacy was 4.6. Total rushing yards between asiata/mckninnon and Lacy were wash.

    OL: Packers at 3 positions, not 5.

    WR: Packers (tentatively, Wallace could change that in a heartbeat, especially if CP finds himself)

    TE: Vikings

    DL: Vikings

    LB: Vikings (have you seen Barr play? Better already than anyone on the Packers, and Greenway may be slowing but he had 93 tackles in 13 games, AJ hawk (top LB in GB) only had 90.

    CB: Vikings – Rhodes is a top 5 CB. See below “passing Defense”

    FS: Vikings – Harrison Smith (even higher ceiling than Clinton dix)

    SS: Packers

    The DB’s and Safeties are all about pass defense so let’s look at the team’s pass defense:
    Vikings ranked: 7th
    Packers ranked: 10th
    Point: Vikings

    Interesting that a packer backer forgot about special teams…trying to block out that NFC championship game? Point: Overwhelmingly Vikings.

    Coaching: Only the players know, and Zimmer gets very high praise from every player he’s coached. And the GB playcalling in the NFC championship game revealed some pretty mediocre decision making on Mcarthy’s part.

    GM: A wash. Rick stockpiles more draft picks out of nowhere than anyone else, save maybe the patriots. A vast majority of the picks (in first 3-4 rounds) the vikes have made are still with the team and starting. He gets high praise for his drafting and that’s what GM’s are paid for.

    Total Catergories: 14
    Vikes: 7 or 8 depending.
    Packers: 4.
    Too close to call: 2-3.

    If not for the fact the QB and OL are basically twice as important as the other categories, the Packers would be basement dwellers in the NFC north. Proven beyond all doubt by how you finished when Aaron went down for the season. You’re a one trick pony and that pony is aging rapidly.

  47. Judge Doty overturned the NFL’s suspension against him. Goodell should be the one showing remorse for suspending and than appealing the decision.

    Reinstate him and be done with the constant embarrassments.

  48. I know the Packers fans are loving every minute of this but after the NFC championship game and the Badgers choke job last night they have nothing to talk about.

  49. Used to like this guy. What a turd.

    Hey clown, you did it to YOURSELF, it was your actions that caused the Vikings to distance themselves from you.

    Typical attitude in todays society, so sick of it. Take responsibility for your own actions.

  50. The Vikings don’t need AD. We are moving another direction. Teddy is the man.

    Packer trolls….How about that wonderful Duke team?!?! Mn boy Jones ended your Badger title dreams !!!

  51. packerbackernj says:
    Apr 7, 2015 1:36 PM

    Look how fast the heidi fans turn on the only elite player they’ve had on their team since Randy Moss’ first go around with the Minnesota Dumpster fires.

    So, you are saying they should support him? By the way, does the name Favre ring a bell? Talk about a fan base turning on its star player, that was the king daddy of it.

  52. I don’t understand how his agent didn’t think the Vikings organization didn’t back him up. They did what legally needed to be done. He whipped his kid, and he smoked weed before his court hearing. How dumb can you be?

    ….but the Vikings didn’t back him enough.

    I say the Vikings trade him for a high draft pick (long shot – I know) and forget about him. Draft who they wanted as their #11 spot, and pick up the most talented back available when they pick again.

    Heck – I think McKinnon still has the talent to be a Darren Sproles type back.

    Peterson said it best last year during pre-season. “I don’t even need to play and this team will win.”

  53. I don’t understand how his agent didn’t think the Vikings organization didn’t back him up. They did what legally needed to be done. He whipped his kid, and he smoked weed before his court hearing. How dumb can you be?

    ….but the Vikings didn’t back him enough.

    I say the Vikings trade him for a high draft pick (long shot – I know) and forget about him. Draft who they wanted as their #11 spot, and pick up the most talented back available when they pick again.

    Heck – I think McKinnon still has the talent to be a Darren Sproles type back.

    Peterson said it best last year during pre-season. “I don’t even need to play and this team will win.”

  54. he wants to leave but maybe not but he does but kind of wants to stay really doesn’t want to stay but thinks about wanting to stay but no but yes but he might not leave

  55. I think he should have been reinstated a while ago, since it appears that he paid an appropriate penalty for doing wrong.

    But he’s trying to force a trade at the same time he’s being reinstated. The perception this elicits is terrible for him. Plus the RB market is soft.

    For the past two years anyone could look at him closely and see he wanted out of Mn. He’s just got bad timing.

  56. Good for him. The Vikings threw him under the bus. Hopefully he goes somewhere and wins a championship.

  57. All these anonymous posts and press clipping are so full of crap. “AP said this. He said that. He’s not remorseful. He said he’s the victim”.

    None of that is true. Find me some actual quotes from AP. Of course, there’s still many people that “haven’t heard him apologize”. As if he owes every fan a personal phone call.

    Just leave the man be and let everything take its course. That’s the “next chapter” AP is talking about. Just getting back to playing football. If you’re a Vikings fan, and don’t agree with the outcome, you can always move on. Heck, you don’t even have to watch any NFL if you don’t want to.

  58. Peterson truly believes he’s been a victim this whole time. This guy is so delusional. He’s lucky he is even getting a chance to play football again, for millions.

  59. farmmbig says:
    Apr 7, 2015 2:03 PM
    His aura of entitlement and lack of humility is an embarassment. He has shown little or no remorse and continues to point fingers at anything or anyone around him to deflect blame.
    ————-
    That simply isn’t true. He has stated many times he is sorry for what he did to his son. He has sought out counseling on his own. Now, he has also stated his disappointment in his employer. Those are two different topics. But the fact remains, he has apologized and gone to counseling. But some fans refuse to acknowledge this fact.

    Saying you are ready to move on is a good sign. It means he is handling his own personal affairs, but would like to continue his profession while he does that.

  60. He doesn’t owe us each a phone call, he can just hold a press conference, admit his mistake, and apologize to his team, his fans, and the organization. That is how you end one chapter, and move on to the next. We are a forgiving society, but he needs to man up and own it. I can forgive him if he’s sorry

  61. He’ll end up on the Eagles playing for Chip Kelly and his revolutionary 4 RBs at the same time and no WR offense.

    Executive Producer – Chip Kelly
    Director – Chip Kelly
    Writer – Chip Kelly
    Gaffer – Chip Kelly
    Dolly Grip – Chip Kelly
    Best Boy – Chip Kelly

  62. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Apr 7, 2015 1:51 PM
    I hope Adrian whined to Goodell about how unfairly he’s been treated by the Vikings and what a victim he is in this whole situation. Goodell should continue the suspension until Peterson admits that this was all his fault and the Vikings did nothing wrong.
    ————
    Don’t fall into the trap of the Packers trolls. AP has never said he’s the victim, and you know it. And if you are so adamant about AP staying suspended, you should probably march down to your local courthouse and demand all the matter of records on domestic abuse cases in your own area so you can go to their employers and demand that everybody be fired as well.

  63. jrmbadger says:
    Apr 7, 2015 1:22 PM
    ” he’s eager to share what he and his family went through while he was out of football last year.”

    What HE went through? Listen Adrian, it’s called consequences. You make a bad choice, and you suffer the consequences. The punishment you face does not make you a victim.
    ——————–
    The man wants to share with other people what happens when you go to far with punishing your child, and you want to bash him?

    What happened to the demands of owning up to what he did and telling others about it? That’s what he is trying to do here.

  64. themeccalambeaufield says:
    Apr 7, 2015 1:13 PM
    Cant imagine having to look your own children in the eyes and tell them you had supported what he did.
    ————–
    I explained to my daughters that AP made a very serious mistake, and he has to pay for that. It’s called consequences for your actions. Then I explained that people deserve second chances to make up for their past mistakes.

    My 12 and 13 year old daughters seemed to understand this concept much better than you.

  65. He didn’t like the fact that the Vikings didn’t support him when he was put on the list. What organization would support you in whipping your kid???? The punishment is all on you. The Vikings are there to support you once you realize what you did wrong and change. Not for whipping your kid and being put in the corner.

  66. Just the media and his agent wants the trade, fans just act like idiots trying to out troll each other. Sad situation………..

  67. tough situation for the vikings. he will be very hard to trade if he isn’t open to renegotiating with his new team, will be even harder to trade next year as he will be closer to 30 with over 30 mill left on his current deal. he can sit out most of the season and comeback at the deadline for 2015 to count as an accrued season, also a very expensive option for the vikes. they need to get what they can now or at the draft and move on, it’s Teddy’s team now.

  68. Please let the switch hit you on your way out the door(or out of the league) AP. You, your wife, and your agent(acting on your behalf) have sounded like children throughout. Just my personal opinion.

  69. question is….will tampering charges be filed against jerry jones if he goes to dallas

    Why do people keep bringing this up??? Jerry Jones can’t be charged with tampering because Peterson initiated the call, not the other way around! /smh

    BECAUSE, AS A TEAM EXECUTIVE, JERRY JONES IS SUPPOSED TO REPORT THE CONTACT THAT AP HAD WITH HIM TO THE NFL…. HE CONCEALED IT. IT DOESNT MATTER THAT AP INITIATED CONTACT, JJ DIDNT REPORT IT WHICH IS WHY HE COULD STILL GET INTO TROUBLE

  70. The new chapter he is anxious to start is apparently the one where you sit on your butt and don’t get paid.

  71. ^No you won’t. By allowing him to play, the NFL is essentially sponsoring him. You gonna stop watching football?

    As an aside….I’m ready for all of us to stop for totally different reasons not the least of which rhymes with Boodell.

  72. If anyone thinks AP initiated contact with Jerry Jones then they haven’t bothered to think about it. JJ reached out to AP and AP called the number he was told to call. The penalty for JJ should be a big boy fine, forbidden from obtaining AP, loss of a first round pick and banishment from football for a year. It is despicable to go hunting for the best players on other teams who are under contract.

  73. “question is….will tampering charges be filed against jerry jones if he goes to dallas”

    Not if the Vikings trade him to Dallas. One team has to file a complaint against another (Jets=>Patriots). And if Dallas is willing to take him off their hands, there is no way they will file tampering charges. Also, JJ’s actions drive up his value in the trade market, which works in the Viking’s favor.

  74. Say what you want about Peterson, but a team would be extremely foolish to give away a 1st round draft pick for him.

    His contract is wayyyyyy too large to be worth giving away a 1st round pick, he can’t block and isn’t a great receiver at all. So in reality, he isn’t even really a 3 down back. And he’s 30.

    Am I crazy in thinking this way?

  75. A deal is in place and for the Vikings benefit it will be announced when the team is on the clock, thus eliminating other teams from planning any movement around the trade.

    Vikes have yet another year with multiple 1st round picks, they eliminate $12.75m from the salary cap, remove the distraction and put the focus of the team squarely on their QB, not a child abuser who blames the team for his own actions.

  76. They should have traded him the year he won MVP. I made a comment on here saying such at that time. They should have listened to me. 🙂

  77. Cowboys fans and other fans who think he is going to Dallas apparently do not understand this thing called a Salary Cap. Dallas has no room what so ever for AP. unless they redo his deal for peanuts and i don’t believe AP is that stupid!

  78. Let’s break it down for you guys…The Cowboys restructured Romo’s contract to help them fit the per-game roster bonuses due Greg Hardy under the cap, the signing of Rolando McClain and the roughly $1.7 million they need for their seven draft picks. As part of Hardy’s contract, $8.09 million of his per-game roster bonuses do not count against the cap at the moment because he was on the 53-man roster for just two games last year. He will earn $578,125 for every game he is on the 53-man roster up to $9.5 million. While it doesn’t count against the cap right now, the Cowboys have to keep the room available for when he does earn them. If he is suspended, the Cowboys would receive a cap credit for those bonuses, and that money could help them add players during the season or give them some cash to carry over to 2016 or help in the netting out process if players hit on incentives. With about $2 million in cap room, the Cowboys need about another $1 million to account for McClain’s contract. According to sources, he will make a base salary of $750,000 and will earn up to $3 million based on signing, workout and roster bonuses.

    If the Cowboys remain in their current draft positions, they will need the $1.7 million to account for their rookie pool, sort of a cap within the cap that accounts for the team’s draft picks and undrafted free agents. When the season starts, teams have to account for the 53 players on the roster. Presently, the top 51 contracts count against the cap. So that’s another $1 million that has to be accounted for. Injury settlements and practice squad players also count against the cap.

    Add it all up and the Cowboys might need to do more than restructure Romo’s contract to make it all fit. And that makes adding Peterson difficult to do but not impossible, but it could require the running back to take less from the Cowboys in order for it to work. Sometimes the math just doesn’t work out, especially when it comes to the NFL’s salary cap.

  79. “I am anxious to start a new chapter and get on with the rest of my life in Dallas, Texas,” Peterson said, adding that he’s eager to share what he and his family went through while he was out of football last year.

  80. I’ll never understand why there are so many comments on these AP articles when there is literally no news. And please keep in mind AP and other vets usually skip voluntary camp practice, but I’m sure there will be a story there…

  81. Forget honoring a contract. The Vikings are eternal losers so why should he stay there any longer. Go ask Kevin Garnett why he didn’t stay with the Timber-wolves after 10 years.

    He has little shelf life left. It’s time for him to go have a chance at a ring for all the beating his body has taken for the last 8-9 seasons.

    You wan’t loyalty, go buy a dog because as soon as he can’t play, the Vikings damn sure won’t be loyal to him and will dismiss him like a used Kleenex tissue.

  82. he is headed for the wrong side of 30, makes way to much money, carries some heavy baggage,missed most all of last year and would require a hefty return in a trade..you aint going anywhere adrian

  83. this whole AD “i want out of Minny” show is all about money. He wants more guaranteed money…nothing more nothing less. This is his way of getting his last big contract. The Vikings could easily redo his deal but shouldn’t and won’t. The team that trades for AD will undoubtedly redo his deal and Peterson will get a lot more guaranteed money.

    It’s ALWAYS about the money.

  84. When the cowboys redo Dez Bryant’s contract it will actually free up cap space. Also AP will most definitely restructure his deal so that he can get paid “guaranteed” money much like they did with Romo so that the actual cap hit would be diminished and spread out over a longer period of time. The contract and money-men in the NFL know how to make things fit when they need/want to, it’s just that usually they don’t need/want to have to do it, especially to this extent. But it’s AP and JJ, hoops will be jumped through.

    If the vikes give AP up for less than a 1st round pick they’ll have a lot of ‘splainin to do.

  85. Why AP will still be a Viking to start the 2015 NFL season and beyond.

    1. The Vikings didn’t pay AP $12M last season to sit on the bench for 15 games only to trade him next season for a 1st or 2nd rnd pick

    2. AP is 30 years old and is due $45M over the next 3 seasons, either play for the Vikings and get paid $45M or walkaway and get paid nothing. Good luck becoming a FA at the ripe old age of 33

    3. Vikings have the cap space to pay AP, most teams don’t. When you’re paying Teddy $1-$2M over the next 3 seasons we can easily afford to pay our RB on avg $15M a season. These two combined are less than what the top QB’s in the league make

    AP doesn’t have any leverage in this situation whatsoever. He’s an expensive RB that is at the end of his career, his contract goes through age 32. It’s not the Percy Harvin saga all over again because he was 24 or 25 years old when the Vikes traded him and he had 1 year left on his deal and was going to leave no matter what so they had to trade him to get something in return.

    AP may be a little unhappy for the time being and he might not be the brightest bulb but I know he’s not dumb enough to walk away from $45M

    #APVikes4Life

  86. ariani1985 says:
    Apr 7, 2015 1:21 PM

    Just remember Adrian, you get to pad your stats twice a year vs. The pitiful green bay defense!
    ==================================
    And the Packers get to pad their win stats twice a year against the Vikings.

    Also, keep in mind that both the Vikings and Packers defenses were similar last year. Vikings 11th in points, and 14th in yards. Packers 13th in points and 15th in yards. I guess being in the middle of the pack in the league is pitiful, so it appears that the Vikings are pitiful as well. Difference is, the Packers made it to the NFC Championship Game. The Vikings didn’t make the playoffs.

  87. Saints have a tenth of the money available that the Cowboys do.

    Frank: Your team’s defense is older and you also lost some of your defense this year while the Vikings who were young last year with a new coaching system, will be healthier and better in the 2nd year in the system.

    Vikes will be top 10 if not top 5 this year, the pack won’t crack top 20.

  88. Is Ben Dogra writing these statements for Peterson? Is he deliberately trying to turn public opinion against his client? Either way, it’s making Peterson sound remorseless.

  89. I absolutely love the hubris of vikings fans who believe that their team will get a 1st round pick for Adrian Peterson. It’s even funnier when they believe that they will get a 1st and multiple other picks/players.

    If MN is able to get a 5th for him they should feel lucky but more likely they will simply have t cut him loose because he wants out and they don’t want to pay him tens of millions (at least they shouldn’t).

    The guy is an admitted multiple time child abuser who should be in jail, banned from being within 500 ft of any school or day care and be ostracized by society. Child abusers are the only thing lower than animal abusers (Mike Vick) and wife beaters (Ray Rice).

    Come to think of it, he’s perfect for the Vikings as they are the lowest rung on the NFL depth chart.

  90. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Apr 7, 2015 12:52 PM

    It’s almost like he wants to leave Minnesota…
    ======================

    What Peterson wants doesn’t matter. He brought all this on himself. He needs to man up and act like the professional he is suppose to be.

    Peterson is under contract and he will either play for the Vikings, retire or accept a trade with a major restructuring of his contract.

    These are the only options available and Peterson has 0 control of any of them!

  91. The New Orleans Saints is alright in runningbacks the Saints have a general manager, who can make it happen if they was in need of a AP. Jerry Jones will break bread if he wants AP some owners knows players going to error because we all are humans. Jerry Jones really don’t care he wants a Super Bowl run that’s what matters to some owners AP it’s all about the beginning of New money.

  92. craigissobutthurt says:
    Apr 7, 2015 1:41 PM

    Everyone wants to talk about consequences.

    That’s what AP was trying to teach his son. His son pushed another child off of a motorcycle arcade game. A child could be seriously injured by that. I’m not talking about a few scratches like AP’s son got, I’m talking broken bones or worse.

    Don’t lose sight of this people. Sadly, the people here reflect the ignorant masses. SO quick to judge, so quick to want punishment. Reminds me of masses of people crying out to burn the witches. Burn them. Angry mobs seldom make sense. No different here.

    I 100% support AP’s right to discipline his child how he sees fit. And the original grand jury agreed. Too bad for AP that Ray Rice did what he did (which is faaaar worse and totally unnecessary). That’s when the tide turned on him. This country has lost it’s way.
    ==================================
    So what you’re saying is that if a kid pushes another kid off of a toy, it’s OK to beat the kid in the thighs and genitals until he has bloody welts on his body. A kid could be injured being pushed off of anything. A kid could also be seriously injured by being beaten by a 6’1″ 220 pound man loaded with muscle. There are different ways to teach kids things other than beating them. “So quick to judge and so quick to want punishment?”

    That describes Adrian Peterson to a “T”.

    And by 100% supporting AP’s right to discipline his child as he sees fit, you would be fine if this huge man kicked his son in the stomach or close fisted punched him, or even broke his bones. After all, it’s AP’s right to discipline his child as he sees fit.

    Also, the grand jury did not at all say that he has the right to discipline his child as he sees fit. IN fact, Adrian Peterson was indicted by a grand jury. And in trial, he plead guilty to misdemeanor reckless assault down from felony child abuse. It doesn’t mean that what he did wasn’t child abuse. It was just the agreement that was struck. And neither was an endorsement of his actions, nor did it indicate that he can discipline his child as he sees fit.

    If you’re a supporter of child abuse, just say so.

  93. “I am anxious to start a new chapter and get on with the rest of my life,” Translation: “I finally realized that bringing a seventh illegitimate child into the world and then disciplining them like they’re in a concentration camp may be a bad thing. I’ve grown.”

  94. I get why people, in particular, Vikings fans. As a African-American, I have no problems with how AP chose to discipline his child. As a child growing up in Louisiana, school principals had the jurisdiction and authority to spank students with a paddle who were out of line.

    But of course, this is not 1980, and rules regarding how we choose to rear our children has changed. There is a fine line in discipline and child abuse. In a lot of peoples’ minds, Adrian went to far. But, that’s the environment he grew up in, as did a lot of African Americans.

    I’m not condoning what AP did. I have two daughters and I never once spanked them, even though I was spanked as a child with a belt and a switch. It’s par for the course. It’s easy for people to pass judgement who have never witnessed or experienced growing up like AP. The guy has had his punishment. Just leave the guy be and let him get on with his life.

    Oh yeah, Dante Stallworth killed a man and got less than 30 days in jail and got signed to a NFL contract the moment he was released. Ray Lewis witnessed one of his friends kill a man days before the Superbowl and he still go to play in that game. Different strokes for different folks. Easy to throw stones when you don’t live in a glass house.

  95. this trade was going to happen this offseason whether or not he smacked that kid up or not. it almost happened last year. AD probably has more value after having an entire year off

  96. Cannot wait to see Zimmer on the Podium receiving Lombardi Trophy with confetti falling down as Adrian is home on the couch watching after being traded to Cowboy’s. Zimmer yells and cries out like a Rocky scene, ” Yo Adrian, we did it!”

  97. denistimothy says:
    Apr 7, 2015 8:41 PM
    Cannot wait to see Zimmer on the Podium receiving Lombardi Trophy with confetti falling down as Adrian is home on the couch watching after being traded to Cowboy’s. Zimmer yells and cries out like a Rocky scene, ” Yo Adrian, we did it!”
    ___________

    That could happen, but people will wonder why Zimmer is talking about AP while he is coaching the Bengals.

  98. Trying to understand something. Everyone on here whom does nothing but Bash the guy. Like you all lived in his shoes and knows all that took place in his life. I understand what most of u all are saying and dome is true sure but what i don’t get is Zimmer is the one who got him on the commissioners list in the first Place. Not to mention he is also the one that got Ziggy himself to get back on board. So explain to me how the vikings organization didn’t support his ass through all of this. He’s the one who got himself in this position anyways. They have excepted his mistakes why can’t he at least appreciate that.

  99. He gone, mentally and physically. jerry just waiting for roger to give thumbs up before he loses a pick or 2Ap- you sell out. You hit the kid Zygi didn’t.

  100. Well I see all the PC witch hunt people are out in force tonight. The same ones that have never done anything wrong, You guys know who you are. Drinking and driving on your way home at night while bashing Peterson. It makes laugh just because a person makes a mistake. Owns up to it and never lied or try and cover it up. Goes through the legal process. Gets the help He needs to become a better father. Then misses 15 games and is lied to by the NFL and Godell. With all the hate and threats he has received from people in Minnesota. You wonder why he might feel a little reluctant to play in Minnesota. Says his family doesn’t feel safe in Minnesota and he says he is little uncomfortable about playing in Minnesota. This is all Peterson has said on the subject. Never did Peterson say he didn’t want to play in Minnesota or threaten to hold out if he wasn’t traded. So the Fan Based gets upset and again starts to attack him for what the Media thinks what Peterson wants. Agents Job is to get as much as they can for their clients. That’s their job and this is a business. The Vikings understand this and are not going to trade him for nothing. In fact Zimmer wants him back more than trading him. So get off your high Horses and stop throwing rocks in your glass houses.

  101. There are those of us who don’t break the law and still condemn child abuse. The “Glass house” line is overplayed and, more-times-than-not, misused. Unless one is a child abuser condemning Adrian’s child abusing, one is not throwing stones from a glass house. Unless you are of a mindset that any and every crime is equal. Jaywalkers shall hence for be put on death row for they committed the most heinous of crimes…slowing traffic.

    Unless you have first-hand knowledge of those “witch hunt people” you are referencing, dismissing their opinions based on pure speculation they are drunk drivers or worse is ludicrous and indicative of a poorly structured argument.

    Minnesotans are the most forgiving people in the country. We are quick to forgive those that seek it contritely. He’d have far worse to deal with if he went to any other team, save the Cowboys and then only because he is from Texas.

    You are correct though, Zimmer/Spielman won’t trade him for nothing. Anything less than a 1st round pick and they’d have the pitch forks aimed their way.

  102. casualmalexlfan says:
    Apr 7, 2015 5:43 PM
    Is Ben Dogra writing these statements for Peterson? Is he deliberately trying to turn public opinion against his client? Either way, it’s making Peterson sound remorseless.
    —————-
    AP has said numerous times that he regrets what happened, and that it will never happen again. He sought out counseling before the NFL told him to do so.

    Yet, so many here just make stuff up. State he never apologized. Only focus on Dogra stating AP wants to play elsewhere.

    What’s good enough? Must he apologize every day to you personally? Ridiculous.

  103. What’s laughable is the talk how the Vikings didn’t support him. Why is it laughable? Because out of all the players that had domeastic violence issues last year, AP is the ONLY ONE still on the team. Yeah, no support there?????

    Rice, McDonald, Hardy all gone from the teams they were with. AP still a Viking and has said over and ov er they want him back. They went to visit him. They wanted to meet with his Agent. But for some reason he supposedly thinks they aren’t supporting him. If thats not support, I don’t know what is.

  104. I wish I could flip to the end and be done with it. Secondly, the books this idiot reads don’t have chapters. They have pop-up pics or possibly scratch-n-sniff pages.

  105. The vikings should trade ap to jerry jones for his first rounder a key defensive need like cb or safety and maybe a trade off of later round picks. The vikings should also trade down for more second round picks. This way they can snag devante Parker and LB Mc Kinney or even Trae Waynes/Scherff as Scherff is one of the only guards in the first round. Who knows they might even be able to get a first rounder for cordarelle Patterson. Given the right situation that kid could do great things, and trade will mutual benefit seldom don’t go down draft day.

  106. For everyone who says that MN will not get a first round pick for AP. You are WRONG. The power belongs to the Vikes. If another team wants him bad enough (Dallas), they are gonna pay for him. We are not just gonna GIVE AWAY the best back in the league. Even if he only has two great year’s left, that’s two years that potentially mean more than a 2nd rounders entire career.

  107. It might be a “new chapter”, but it will be the same book.
    AP has 4 things going against him……..

    #1, his contract salary is unassumable. He’ll have to renegotiate the deal at a much lower number.
    #2, he’s 30+ years old.
    #3, because of the physical assault of his son, he’s a PR issue.
    #4, Minnesota holds ALL the cards.

    If this was a poker game, I’d muck the hand. Sorry Adrian, you’re going to Minnesota or retire. See Barry Sanders as reference.

  108. polkhigh33 says:
    Apr 7, 2015 2:47 PM

    He doesn’t owe us each a phone call, he can just hold a press conference, admit his mistake, and apologize to his team, his fans, and the organization. That is how you end one chapter, and move on to the next. We are a forgiving society, but he needs to man up and own it. I can forgive him if he’s sorry
    ))))))))))))))))))
    He did this already sorry you missed it. And because you missed it that doesn’t mean it never happened. He also explain why he did it. He felt it was a positive influence in his life as he was beaten to keep him out of the gangs. Because he didn’t go on Oprah sit on a couch and cry he isn’t sorry for some of you people. i.e.Bill Simmons, he is another basher of Peterson spreading the lie he never said he was sorry. Just stop that nonsense. I do not agree with what AD has done but I understand it.

  109. Frank Booth
    Also, keep in mind that both the Vikings and Packers defenses were similar last year. Vikings 11th in points, and 14th in yards. Packers 13th in points and 15th in yards. I guess being in the middle of the pack in the league is pitiful, so it appears that the Vikings are pitiful as well. Difference is, the Packers made it to the NFC Championship Game. The Vikings didn’t make the playoffs

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

    As Josh Sitton said it is better to not make the playoffs than to lose like they did. So you got that going for you Frank

  110. AP made a mistake. The NFL is full of crap wanted him to show remorse. The same league that doesn’t honor contracts when players get hurt in the line of duty. How come the person who leaked the pictures of his son hasn’t been exposed for breaking the law. AP was and has been a model citizen prior to this incident. None of that matters. Not even his public apology. If he wasn’t a good person at the core, he would have been gone. He should already have been reinstated. Sometimes a teachable moment is required. He has more than earned the right to continue his career. All you haters who demonize the man are a joke!

  111. usdcoyotesfan says:
    Apr 8, 2015 3:34 PM

    You Vikings fans should be ashamed to support him
    ———————————————-
    For your information there are plenty of fans that support him other than Viking fans. As a matter of fact the Viking fans are probably being the harshest critics other than trolls that just like to put down the organization and their fans.

    The fact is this. I’m a Viking fan and could care less whether AP plays another down in the NFL never mind as a Viking. However, whether we like it or not he deserves a second chance just like every other player that has committed crimes such as murder, child abuse, spouse abuse, manslaughter, etc… Do you think AP was the first NFL player ever to beat his child or commit a crime? I can guarantee you just about every organization has a player or former player that has committed domestic violence. The difference is the Ray Rice video brought everything to a head on a situation that should have been dealt with many, many years ago.

  112. tokyofilthblaster says:
    Apr 7, 2015 1:10 PM

    The poor guy has obviously been beaten down by all the losing in MN.
    )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    Typical absurd comment from a well known Queen Bay troll here.

    The Vikings have the sixth-highest regular-season winning percentage in modern NFL history, ahead of teams like the Ravens, Packers, Patriots and Colts. Throw in 13 Hall of Famers and they fare pretty well for a franchise that hasn’t won a Super Bowl.

    Source CBS Sports

  113. I just lost ALL respect for Peterson!
    I cant believe him’ he should be THANKING the Vikings for not kicking him off the Team!
    Not doing enough my Foot! He got paid all year!
    I AM A Vikings fan and pulled for him, Till NOW!
    Trade him Rick, get a 7th rounder a Slurpee or something.
    I never want to see him in a Vikings Uniform again!
    What an ungrateful jerk. He should be made to
    pay back all last years Game Checks, The guy has no Conscience!
    I hope you BREAK BOTH LEGS tripping over your EGO!

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