Window opens for potential Peterson reinstatement

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It’s April 15. Which means that the window is closing on paying your taxes. (We prefer that you visit PFT from a device other than the Commodore 64 in the Brooks Hatlen Memorial Library.) It also means that the window for reinstating Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is open.

As the league reminded NBC News in an explanation provided earlier today, Peterson won’t necessarily be reinstated on April 15. Instead, the league determined last year that Peterson would not be considered for reinstatement before April 15, and that the first consideration for reinstatement could come on April 15.

There’s no commitment or requirement to reinstate Peterson on April 15. Instead, Commissioner Roger Goodell has decided to conduct the first “periodic review” on or about April 15.

That gives the NFL flexibility. Which gives the NFL the ability to do what it usually does: Whatever it wants to do.

And the NFL may want to keep Peterson out a little longer, as a form of not-so-subtle retaliation for the lawsuit that vacated the suspension. With the legal appeal process slowly unfolding (as appeal processes usually do), the NFL could choose to give Peterson what he has asked for — a court case that necessarily takes time.

In this specific situation, time could be on Minnesota’s side. A delayed reinstatement beyond the 2015 draft could make it harder for a reasonable trade to be negotiated. Which could make it easier for the Vikings to keep him, if that’s what they want.

But the Vikings can’t act like they’re content with that. At some point, the Vikings need to push back against the NFL, if only to demonstrate loyalty to Peterson.

So if Peterson isn’t quickly reinstated, keep an eye and an ear on the Vikings. If they issue a statement expressing disappointment with the NFL and/or support for Peterson, they could be trying to mend fences with Peterson. It could be too late, but it’s the kind of gesture that could cause Peterson to believe that the franchise has his back, after all.

65 responses to “Window opens for potential Peterson reinstatement

  1. Soon, the High Moral Authority of the NFL, and the much more more holier-than-thou person, Roger Goodell, may deign to bestow upon us plebians his magnificent proclamations of the fate of the NFL’s ne’ev-do-wells? Oh, joy!

  2. You know, so much of this seems so petty. AP deserves what he’s gotten – he created this situation all by himself. But, I don’t agree with the NFL keeping players in limbo indefinitely.

    For everyone involved they should just resolve this.

  3. What Peterson did to his son was barbaric and from an earlier time and culture and it’s hardly likely that he’ll repeat the actions given the cost to him financially and having taken away what he is most passionate about. That said, the NFL has gone way over the line in making AP an example. Are we to believe that there are no other NFL players that don’t practice acceptable parenting skills? Or, that there still aren’t NFL players abusing women? (Or boys?) What about those men? Enough already. Let the man back in the game and let the Vikings negotiate whatever they think is best for their team and let us all please move on! Anything less than that is Goodell’s ego being ever more vindictive. Get over it, Roger!

  4. Nice Shawshank Redemption reference !! Great movie. Adrian Peterson probably thinks he was wrongfully imprisoned also.

  5. I’m sure Roger now needs time to review the information. He should be able to get back to this in couple months after he spends time in the files.

    Next a dozen more clowns will get out of the same door.

  6. As a Packers fan, I’d prefer that AP stays in Minnesota for a few reasons.

    1) He’s 30, so the end of his productive career is close. The liklihood that he sees the playoffs for the remainder of his career in Minnesota is minimal, so he’s not much of a threat at this point. So keep him there.

    2) Staying in Minnesota also means that the Vikings don’t get the salary relief and draft pick haul they otherwise would get if they traded him. Trading him helps the Vikings on the field much, much more than hanging onto him. So again, I say keep him there.

    3) Lastly, it’s just “wrong” when an iconic player that is identified so much with a certain franchise changes teams late in their careers. Maybe I’m nostalgic, but it’s cringeworthy to see pictures of Joe Montana in a Chiefs uniform, Juior Seau (Dolphins/Pats), and of course Brett Favre (Jets/Vikings). So, please keep him there.

  7. As usual, some of you seem to think it was Goodell who caused all of this to happen to AP. Let’s not forget how AP ended up in this situation to begin with. I don’t agree with how Goodell has handled every situation along the way but this is a sensitive subject and as much as you think AP was mistreated, he has no right to upset with the Vikings or his current circumstance. His anger should be addressed to himself, the one who caused all of this happen.

  8. this article is on hits a few good points:
    one with the NFL being able to sit on the this case as they please because they never really set a date to reinstate just to look it over and “consider”

    another good point:
    If the Vikings go and issue a public statement going against what the NFL is doing, they could earn points with the Peterson camp.

    I’d love to see Peterson stay in the purple and gold.
    I’d also love to move on from this day to day Peterson news
    and focus on the draft.

    “forgive, don’t forget
    and remember life is about 2nd chances and what we do with them”

  9. Gee, this is just great — I was really hoping this would linger on and on and on and on and on. . . . . . .

  10. In no way does it help the Vikings to have the suspension continue. Even if they want to keep him, how does it hurt them to be able to find out what is the best deal they can make for him? Suspended or not, they can keep him by just keeping him. The flexibility of being able to keep him or trade him is what they want.

  11. The NFL’s inconsistent discipline process starting with Ray Rice and all the other year long suspension guys from last year is ridiculous. The NFL been associated with scum forever examples OJ Simpson, Ray Cureth, Travis Henry, Lawrence Phillips, Sam Hurd, Aaron Hernandez etc… Why AP is worse than any other of these clowns is simply a PR game Godell is playing. The NFL produces some of the baddest dudes in sports, don’t kid yourself, AP committed a crime, did the time, let him play, its double jeopardy by suspending him w no ways to get back in. You could create an all pro team simply made up of ex NFL convicts past, present, and future.

  12. Oh good…the NFL making decisions based on retribution for being slighted. That would make good precedent.

    This whole thing, from Goodell to the Vikings to AP is like a marriage where the writing is on the wall, they’ve long since separated, the guy has found another woman, wants the divorce, but the wife refuses to sign the papers out of spite.

  13. I think it is at least worth considering the stipulations that Goodell asked of Peterson, specifically that he seek professional physiatric help so that he can return to society as a productive citizen, as opposed to a sociopathic child abuser.

    I realize all the Viking fans want some form or remedy or relief but this is a two way street. Goodell doesn’t want the embarrassment of a repeat incident and while seeking professional help is not a 100% guarantee, it does provide PR cover if Peterson should return to his child beating ways.

    If Goodell wants some form of guarantee, he should allow the child to become an honorary Green Bay Packer since Peterson never beats the Packers.

  14. Let’s hope he gets reinstated so this can end. I’m a viking fan and I think he provides a lot of value to the Vikings, especially with Bridgewater showing signs of improvement. I think facing 8 in the box would really help Bridgewater improve a great deal and he’d be able to throw easier. He did all of that without AP.

  15. I thought Peterson met with Goodell last week to discuss what he’s been doing to meet the terms of reinstatement. Couldn’t Goodell have started considering if Peterson met those terms at that meeting?

  16. I’m hoping that the Vikings don’t give him away for less than a 1st rounder and at least a good player. Maybe the Cowboys give up their 1st and maybe Morris Claiborne. I think Zimmer can work with him. I know he hasn’t done well in Dallas but Zimmer seems like a defensive genius!! Rhodes, captain, drafting Trey Waynes, and adding Claiborne along with Josh Robinson would get some great competition going and then we could handle all the GB receivers and maybe get past GB!!

  17. C’mon man! MOST everyone complains that athletes get preferential treatment and in this case a good amount of posters are supporting AP. He should just be glad that he’s not where most of us would be if we beat a 4 year old kid to the extent that he did which would be jail.

  18. The “start gathering info” date is sometime in June and the “look at the info” date is around August. They should be able to wrap this up around this time next year.

  19. Vikings fan here (loyal since 1969) and a former fan (albeit not to a high degree) of AD. And I am simply sick of the coverage on this idiot. TRADE his sorry @ss already! I wanted the team to trade him the year before he blew out his knee, for many reasons.

    I’m just drained from the endless “non-news” about this dope. I pray some team will offer at least a fair trade, and then he can start anew and so can the Vikings – who supported and paid him, despite no wrongdoing on the part of the franchise. Peterson is fortunate he may get the chance to prolong his career- but he should no longer play for the Vikings if he can’t give 100% effort and be a team leader (he never was much of that). MOVE ON ALREADY!

  20. Is it just me or does it seem like Goodell had months to prepare for this day and just woke up this morning and went oh crap, it is April 15. Guess I better start thinking about AP again. He does everything by the seat of his pants and on a whim. I am a Vikings fan and want this over so we can worry about football and not this stuff.

  21. No way he gets reinstated this week. NFL doesn’t want “Former NFL Star Convicted of Murder” and “Child Abuser Reinstated” sitting on top of each other in the news feed.

  22. In unrelated, but certainly more interesting news at this point…

    How da heck the Kansas City Royals the only undefeated team left in MLB????

    See where this issue lies on my priority list, AP??

  23. I hope Peterson follows through with a civil lawsuit against the NFL and sues for damages. He lost a whole season for what should have been a two game suspension. The NFL acted arbitrarily and is still acting like jerks.

  24. vikings28 says:Apr 15, 2015 11:01 AM

    I’m hoping that the Vikings don’t give him away for less than a 1st rounder and at least a good player. Maybe the Cowboys give up their 1st and maybe Morris Claiborne. I think Zimmer can work with him. I know he hasn’t done well in Dallas but Zimmer seems like a defensive genius!! Rhodes, captain, drafting Trey Waynes, and adding Claiborne along with Josh Robinson would get some great competition going and then we could handle all the GB receivers and maybe get past GB!!

    A more realistic haul is probably a 2nd round pick at the most. From the Cowboys perspective, would you rather a) trade your 1st round pick for a 30 year old RB and owed $12.75 mil/season, or b) draft Gurley or Gordon who are almost 10 years younger and make a few mil/season for the next 4-5 years?

  25. Long Time Viking Fan here:

    1) Sick of hearing about this
    2) No trade will be worth his value
    3) Vikes should make him play for them or NOBODY.
    4) If he want to try to sit for 3 years, fine, go ahead. Retire at 33.

    He was paid during suspension for his stupid “mistake” and the Vikings “had is back” to the degree that was humanly and morally possible under the conditions.

    Get over it, stop pouting and get ready to play.

  26. jaxbill says:
    Apr 15, 2015 11:49 AM

    “Roger, everybody is talking about Aaron Hernandez, quick sign the Adrian Peterson paperwork while nobody is looking.”
    ————-
    Bingo

  27. A message to the Packers fan who wants AP to stay in Minny: As a Vikes fan, I agree, but YOU? The Packers have NEVER been able to stop AP. It was during the Packers game that AP passed his 2000 yards. Fat Eddie has nothing on AP.

  28. lindacaseauthor says:
    Apr 15, 2015 12:44 PM
    A message to the Packers fan who wants AP to stay in Minny: As a Vikes fan, I agree, but YOU? The Packers have NEVER been able to stop AP. It was during the Packers game that AP passed his 2000 yards. Fat Eddie has nothing on AP.

    He’s like 4-13 vs the Packers.

    4-13.

  29. Mike Florio, question: If the NFL doesn’t re-instate him almost immediately, can’t the NFLPA and Peterson go right back to Doty and quickly demonstrate that the league has pretty much disregarded his ruling while appealing? Doty didn’t just vacate the suspension, he ruled that the NFL couldn’t retroactively apply their arbitrary new rules to his situation. Keeping him on the exempt list would seem to fit that as well, since no players have ever been placed on that list for an extended time against their will like this prior to the new rules. It would seem to be an easy argument that they are in violation of Doty’s judgement by not reinstating him and keeping him on this list.

  30. fishfan39 says:
    Apr 15, 2015 11:09 AM

    C’mon man! MOST everyone complains that athletes get preferential treatment and in this case a good amount of posters are supporting AP. He should just be glad that he’s not where most of us would be if we beat a 4 year old kid to the extent that he did which would be jail.
    ———————————————-
    I won’t argue your statement and what you said does have a lot of merit. However, he should NOT be treated any differently than any other person that committed the same crime. Goodell is making an example of Peterson simply due to the Ray Rice video. Although I wouldn’t care if AP ever stepped foot on another NFL field, the fact is he deserves the same treatment as anyone else and Goodell should reinstate him. What needs to be done is the NFL and NFLPA need to agree to a policy on how to handle this in the future. But until that is done Goodell is playing GOD and he’s anything but that.

  31. pete2112 says:
    Apr 15, 2015 10:16 AM

    As usual, some of you seem to think it was Goodell who caused all of this to happen to AP. Let’s not forget how AP ended up in this situation to begin with. I don’t agree with how Goodell has handled every situation along the way but this is a sensitive subject and as much as you think AP was mistreated, he has no right to upset with the Vikings or his current circumstance. His anger should be addressed to himself, the one who caused all of this happen.
    —————————————-
    Yup, AP put himself in this predicament. At the same time the NFL and Goodell have put themselves up for criticism for not having a policy in place many, many years ago for these types of situations.

    Fact is Goodell is reacting because of the bad PR from the Ray Rice video. Everyone knows this. Unfortunately, it’s time to reinstate AP whether we like it or not. If he had a policy in place prior to, then his handling of this would be substantiated. Since he didn’t, he’s 100% wrong at this point.

  32. He’s like 4-13 vs the Packers.

    4-13.
    —-
    Are you aware Ponder and Webb are no longer the Vikes QB’s? No no, I get it. AP is the reason the Vikes lost. Ok then…

  33. for everyone who thinks AP is getting off lightly, read the papers. The courts and jails are so crowded that most first time offenders of something like this get a small fine and they are on their way. Most of the people who eventually kill their children have a long pattern of this behavior that never gets changed. Did AP get prison time? No he got what most first time offenders get, a slap on the wrist. But the NFL went after him with a vengeance. He has been punished more than any criminal would be. And I suspect his future parenting will look different. Mission accomplished, let him play.

  34. As a Packers fan, I don’t like the Vikings. However, how in the hell can Peterson have any problem with the Vikings? They didn’t abuse his child. The Vikings did only what the fuhrer…I mean commissioner told them they had to do. Dude needs to apologize to the organization and its fans for being so stupid and such a distraction. Unfortunately for non Vikings fans Peterson’s absence allowed them to work on developing Bridgewater and not worry about getting Peterson his touches and yards. Peterson is bad in the cold so I was really hoping to see him have to play outdoors in MN for a few years.

  35. NFL we get it, you are in control. You have rattled your saber long enough and beat everyone in a peeing contest. Can we PLEASE end this nonsense so that everyone can move on? I don’t even care if you admit that you were wrong (which you were, with having different made up rules for different players), but the time has come to move forward. The way that this incident has been handled is embarrassing.

  36. lindacaseauthor says:
    Apr 15, 2015 12:44 PM
    A message to the Packers fan who wants AP to stay in Minny: As a Vikes fan, I agree, but YOU? The Packers have NEVER been able to stop AP. It was during the Packers game that AP passed his 2000 yards. Fat Eddie has nothing on AP.

    He’s like 4-13 vs the Packers.

    4-13.

    minneanderthals – you obviously don’t have much logic with football. Yes AP is 4-13 against the Packers. But that is also because the Vikings haven’t had steady QB play minus the exception of Brett Favre. Steady QB play in the form of franchise qb’s like you spoiled rotten Packers fans have gotten for two back to back hall of game QB’s which hardly ever happens. Over half of the teams in the NFL haven’t had even one Quality franchise QB in the latest years and they are a crap shoot to find. AP kept those games close, but it wasn’t him that lost them, but the Vikings not having an Aaron Rodgers which most of the NFL doesn’t have.

    If AP stays and the Vikings do get a consistent QB (who knows Teddy could be that guy) The Vikings fans will have the last laugh. Vikings only lost by 3 points last time the Packers played them, WHITHOUT AP may I add.

    So stop pointing out that AP is 4-13 when it’s not RB’s that win/lose games nowadays. It’s QB play. Maybe Packers fans should review the history of their team when they didn’t have a franchise QB and Brett Favre hadn’t shown up yet and you were the laughing stock of the NFL (70’s and 80’s era).

  37. There will not be a trade before the draft or during the draft. Adrian Peterson will be playing for the Vikings under his current contract. People need to get that drilled into their heads. The Vikings have made this very clear to anyone who can read or heard the words that came out of Rick’s and Zimmer’s mouth.

  38. The Packers have won more playoff games in the last decade than the Vikings have even participated in. I really don’t understand how Vikings fans can be so clueless. Oh wait…yes I can. I live in Minneapolis.

  39. “So stop pointing out that AP is 4-13 when it’s not RB’s that win/lose games nowadays.”

    It was for the Vikings during most of his career. Except that 1 year when Bert Favre came. Otherwise, he was the single handed reason they won most of their games.

  40. SKOL-LOLOLOL says:
    Apr 15, 2015 3:01 PM

    The Packers have won more playoff games in the last decade than the Vikings have even participated in. I really don’t understand how Vikings fans can be so clueless. Oh wait…yes I can. I live in Minneapolis.
    ————————
    You just insulted yourself…

  41. Arkansas Sunrise says:
    Apr 15, 2015 12:57 PM

    Is it just me or are Carl and Teddy almost always seen in the same room together?

    ——–

    Seriously, it’s like vike fans stalk me. Why don’t you just leave me alone?

  42. “I thought Peterson met with Goodell last week to discuss what he’s been doing to meet the terms of reinstatement. Couldn’t Goodell have started considering if Peterson met those terms at that meeting?”

    What part of “April 15th was not designated as the day Goodell would make his decision” confuses you?

    As far as meeting terms goes, Goodell specified what counsellor AP was to see. AP didn’t use that counsellor, so a case can be made that AP has not met Goodell’s terms. Goodell seems to be that kind of a person.

    Then, let’s figure in AP’s admission of smoking pot before a drug test, another violation of NFL policy.

    Just how likely is it that AP gets reinstated anytime soon?

  43. ariani1985 says:
    Apr 15, 2015 10:40 AM

    IS the window also open for the packers to actually win a playoff game during my lifetime?

    /////////////////////

    Hmmm, I didn’t know a 2-month old could type…..

  44. northwoodsv2 says:
    Apr 15, 2015 4:25 PM

    As far as meeting terms goes, Goodell specified what counsellor AP was to see. AP didn’t use that counsellor, so a case can be made that AP has not met Goodell’s terms. Goodell seems to be that kind of a person.

    Then, let’s figure in AP’s admission of smoking pot before a drug test, another violation of NFL policy.
    ————-
    I wasn’t aware you knew AP’s whereabouts and what counselors he may or may not have seen. Interesting.

    Also, this has been covered a lot…he did not make an admission of smoking pot before a drug test. A court reporter stated he allegedly said this. No evidence at all has been presented to make this a fact. None. Perhaps AP made a joke. Perhaps the court reporter wanted attention. Perhaps the court reporter is a Packer fan. All very believable.

  45. SKOL-LOLOLOL says:
    Apr 15, 2015 3:01 PM
    The Packers have won more playoff games in the last decade than the Vikings have even participated in.
    ————-
    I simply don’t believe you…

  46. As an NFL fan, I would have a hard time rooting for my team if they signed Peterson or Rice, etc… They have great talent, they have had great careers. But, I would have a difficult time rooting for them in these cases. IMO

  47. “In this specific situation, time could be on Minnesota’s side. A delayed reinstatement beyond the 2015 draft could make it harder for a reasonable trade to be negotiated. Which could make it easier for the Vikings to keep him, if that’s what they want.”

    They will be keeping AP even if media dolts and his agent has begged for a trade.

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