Zimmer says he has an idea when Peterson will show up

AP

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson still hasn’t participated in any offseason work, but coach Mike Zimmer thinks he has an idea when Peterson will show up.

Zimmer declined to give a specific date he’s expecting to see Peterson, but he told 1500 ESPN that he does have a sense for when Peterson will get to work.

“I think I do have an indication,” Zimmer said. “It’s up to Adrian, really. He’s the guy you should ask. . . . We’d like all our players here. It’s the voluntary time of year right now and it’s his decision in what he wants to do.”

Offseason work stops being voluntary on June 16, when the Vikings open their mandatory minicamp. If Peterson skips that, the Vikings can fine him $70,000. Which might mean June 16 is when Zimmer expects to see Peterson.

And if Peterson doesn’t show up to the mandatory minicamp, there’s no telling when Zimmer might see Peterson. If Peterson is so disgruntled that he’s willing to cost himself money to stay away, this already uncomfortable situation could get really ugly.

142 responses to “Zimmer says he has an idea when Peterson will show up

  1. Ban AP for LIFE. Maybe that will teach NFL union-protected players to not make their employers look bad in public.

  2. Teams other than the Patriots just seem, I don’t know, kind of irrelevant. There’s only one champ. There’s only one dynasty.

  3. The Vikings are the most inept franchise both on and off the field in the history of professional sports. No other team is even close.

  4. Zimmer knows that Minnesota would be better without adrian peterson.

    The ownership needs to cut their losses.

  5. Zimmer can afford to be nonchalant about Peterson’s arrival but can you imagine the look on the 4 year’s old face when his mother announces that Peterson is showing up for visitation? The look of sheer abject terror was last seen over 30 years ago when the Vikings lined up to play in a Superbowl, anyone of the four that they played in and lost.

  6. “Idk if yall notice but the Vikings actually got a good team”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Well, if you call 7-9 last year good, then yes they do have a good team.

  7. The NFL doesn’t cut stars because the are assets owned by owners. But it wants to put them in their place with suspensions, fines, and the “bad dog” treatment.

    With the concussion litigation making headway the owners have responded through class warfare. Kraft was getting too close to Brady with Brady accepting a lower contract. You would expect the other owners to like that but the opposite is true. They know Kraft was setting up Brady and his wife to take an ownership position when he retires that would pay Kraft’s taxes when he transfers the team to his son.

    The other owners don’t like that precedent and wanted to spank both Kraft and Brady they don’t want other players looking to pierce the ownership floor.. The real reason behind deflate gate. If Kraft sued the league he would have had the wrath of 31 other owners come down on him for breaking rank.

  8. Ummmm so good to see the guilt ridden Pats fans posting in every thread. Lovin’ it.

  9. You can say Richardson was a player but he made his fortune and then bought a team. They don’t want players looking for deals that promise ownership. In fact, the NFL precludes such language.

  10. Off-field stuff aside, he’d probably be third on our depth right now. Waste of money for a washed up child beater. Go PATS!

  11. If the NFL did a full investigation into the patriots. Tom Brady would be found guilty of tampering with balls back before his 1st two SB’s. Patriots have been cheating in more than 1 way. This will be the second convictions against the Pats. Goodell burn the last evidence because it was worst than anyone thought it was. Tom would be banned from the NFL if they did the full investigation, Instead of just that one game.

  12. Jealous and Vikings haters out there. LOL. Didn’t know we’re so great that you people are actually hurting your a hole. Say what you want but when we beat your team you’re going to cry and to hurts so much that you wanna go jump off the bridge.

  13. Jealous and Vikings haters out there. LOL. Didn’t know we’re so great that you people are actually hurting your a hole. Say what you want but when we beat your team you’re going to cry and it hurts so much that you wanna go jump off the bridge.

  14. The new lawsuit also claims that several former head coaches and assistants – among them, Don Shula, Howard Schnellenberger, Wayne Fontes, Mike Holmgren and Mike Tice – warned players they would be cut from their teams unless they took painkillers and returned to the field.

    The NFL did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    Once again scumbag “Don The Cheat Shula”

  15. This is normal. Rest those legs, limit practice
    reps and preseason action, then tear them another one once the regular season begins. Ho hum.

  16. when he finally does show up,they should stuff leaves down his throat,bend him over and tan his hide with a cane.texas style..no fine needed

  17. “The Buffalo Bills of the NFC”

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    Bills fans aren’t nearly as delusional. The Bills have had their struggles but their fans are smart enough to know it… and the Bills seem to be legitimately improving.

  18. New England did get lucky finding Brady. Four Super Bowls are great. Only got caught cheating twice. I think it is the end of the Dynasty though. Tom terrific is not as accurate with firm footballs.

  19. when he finally does show up,they should stuff leaves down his throat,bend him over and tan his hide with a cane.texas style..no fine needed
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    Get over it! His son has!!!!

  20. Oh goody, a Vikings article and a Packers article back to back. Looks like a good chance to see which teams fans troll the other teams article the hardest, since both sides claims the other is far worse about it.

  21. Anybody that thinks Zimmer and AD are not on the same page right now are as naive as a vegetarian moving to Green Bay. The Vikings are going to be a great team, I seriously can’t wait to shut up these 2nd grade team share holders……

  22. Green Bay Choker fans….making us Laugh for 90 years and counting…

    Patriot fans……you are nothing. Fake cheating classless clown franchise with **** fake asterisk super*****. Communicate coming next…..cue clown music……..

  23. He shows up week 10 and still gets credit for the full season and maintains his retirement benefits.

    He never shows up until the 2nd half when the other team is sitting on the lead, so no bother.

    The vikings always do better without him. Better is relative because they are still under .500.

    Who on their schedule can they win against?
    Seahawks, Packers x2, Broncos, Cardinals, Lions x2, 49’ers, Bears x 2, Chargers, Chiefs, Giants, Falcons, Rams, or Raiders

  24. I bet you can wait, pervy… just like you’ve been waiting for several years now.

    Every year, you and your ilk spout the same old nonsense… and every year, the Packers just own the Vikings.

    One would think that you people would learn, but nope. Same old nonsense.

  25. greatfootballmind7 says:
    May 21, 2015 8:11 PM
    New England did get lucky finding Brady. Four Super Bowls are great. Only got caught cheating twice. I think it is the end of the Dynasty though. Tom terrific is not as accurate with firm footballs.
    ———-
    Yeah. What he said. Totally agree.

    -sincerely , SB 49 vs #1 defense

  26. Goodell has said repeatedly that draft is a special day for the fans. Kraft said he accepted Goodell’s deflate gate decision for the fans. So why has Goodell taken three 1st round picks from the Patriots fans in 15 years that’s one every five years.

  27. 🏆🏆Patriots🏆🏆 says:

    Teams other than the Patriots just seem, I don’t know, kind of irrelevant. There’s only one champ. There’s only one dynasty.
    ======================================

    Ten years between championships isn’t a dynasty.

  28. So Tom is not that accurate with firm footballs? Tell that to the Colts and Seahawks.

  29. Sadly, fans of teams like the saints and Vikings, instead of seeing the Patriots fans as being like them and abused by Goodell, they get their jollies from others being punished. That’s why guys like Goodell can survive the train wreck he is.

  30. “The question is not when Adrian Peterson will show up but rather how fat Eddie Lacey will be when he shows up.”

    Probably fat enough to truck and run over the same 2 Vikings players he did last year when he launched them into the next week.

    Unfortunately the next week was likely another loss.

  31. Vikings probably like a 4-12 team at this point. You can still root for a real team in the playoffs!

  32. Teddy Buy Me A Bruschi says:
    May 21, 2015 9:27 PM
    “The question is not when Adrian Peterson will show up but rather how fat Eddie Lacey will be when he shows up.”

    Probably fat enough to truck and run over the same 2 Vikings players he did last year when he launched them into the next week.

    Unfortunately the next week was likely another loss.
    —————–
    Didn’t he truck Robert Blanton? Not all that impressive, Blanton is below average. Lacy will have a tough time making it out of the backfield this year with our D-line and Linebackers. Don’t even try to say “Vikings D is trash”, because it is light years ahead of the Packers defense.

  33. Only thing uncomfortable is packer trolls and the media not acknowledging Adrian never comes to camp until it’s mandatory…

  34. At least the Vikings don’t cheat unlike that team from the Northeastern area of the United States that I won’t name, THE PATRIOTS! And I am a Seahawks fan.

  35. slvrnblk72 says:
    May 21, 2015 7:47 PM

    The Buffalo Bills of the NFC
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    You do realize that the Buffalo Bills swept (4-0) the NFC North last year, don’t you?

  36. Its cute packer fans talking about LAcy trucking viking’s defenders. LOL maybe once? AP has literally steamrolled over every last player hundreds of times on that lingerie league De in GB…. I recall clay matthews getting thrown about 15 yards and leaving the game with a hangnail, on multiple occasions.

  37. The Packers STILL own the Vikings. Get used to it. They will again this year.

  38. “Didn’t he truck Robert Blanton? Not all that impressive, Blanton is below average. Lacy will have a tough time making it out of the backfield this year with our D-line and Linebackers. Don’t even try to say “Vikings D is trash”, because it is light years ahead of the Packers defense.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    More delusion. The Packers started off the year getting just gashed up the middle and were like 30th or 31st in total defense for the entire first half of the season. After the bye, they moved Matthews inside and the Packers D ended up statistically in a near dead heat with the Vikings D, at right about the middle of the NFL Pack.

    Now I know the maths are hard for you, but if the GB defense spent half the year at the bottom, but then ended up in the middle, that means that for the second half of the season they had to be right up at the top. The Vikings, however, started in the middle and they stayed in the middle.

    So… if Capers completely loses his mind and reverts back to what didn’t work, the Vikings D will almost without doubt be better than the Packers D. But… if Capers doesn’t go completely insane and he stays with what did work, or some variation thereof, the Packers D will continue to outplay the Vikings D just as they did for the entire second half of last season.

    The facts are the facts.

  39. Admit it Trolls, you all missed the AP articles! Adrian has 2 choices, play for the Vikings or stay home and get no money… I wonder which one his idiot agent will pick?

  40. A ticked off AD…a young, up and coming QB. A fired up, in your face, and talented defensive Head Coach. Add some seriously good young players on D!
    There are no guarantees in this world, but I like my Vikes chances for the next 10 years. You cheesers need to understand…times, they are a changin’.
    Pats fans…go away. You are starting to look bad.

  41. “A ticked off AD…a young, up and coming QB. A fired up, in your face, and talented defensive Head Coach. Add some seriously good young players on D!”
    ————

    You dolts always keep using this ticked off AD line. The problem is that he’s ticked off at THE VIKINGS. And he’s over 30. Christian Ponder was also “up and coming” after the miraculous first 5 games of 2012.

    SKOLOLOLOL

  42. head1994 says:
    May 21, 2015 7:08 PM

    Idk if yall notice but the Vikings actually got a good team
    *********************************************
    They always have, on paper…at this time of the year.

  43. “AP never shows up in May. So what?”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Normally, I would agree with this. He’s been fine for years doing very little in the off season. But this year is different. This year, he should be there doing at least something if for no other reason than to show the team, his teammates, and the fans that he wants to atone for his transgressions.

  44. More delusion. The Packers started off the year getting just gashed up the middle and were like 30th or 31st in total defense for the entire first half of the season. After the bye, they moved Matthews inside and the Packers D ended up statistically in a near dead heat with the Vikings D, at right about the middle of the NFL Pack.

    Now I know the maths are hard for you, but if the GB defense spent half the year at the bottom, but then ended up in the middle, that means that for the second half of the season they had to be right up at the top. The Vikings, however, started in the middle and they stayed in the middle.

    So… if Capers completely loses his mind and reverts back to what didn’t work, the Vikings D will almost without doubt be better than the Packers D. But… if Capers doesn’t go completely insane and he stays with what did work, or some variation thereof, the Packers D will continue to outplay the Vikings D just as they did for the entire second half of last season.

    The facts are the facts.
    ———————
    Resorting to childish insults already? The Packer’s best defensive players are a 35 year old Peppers, and Clay Matthews who misses 8 games a year. Your starting defensive tackle is coming of a season ending injury, and who are your linebackers again? The only delusional one is you, who thinks that the Packers middle of the road(at best) defense will stand up to the Vikings up and coming defense. Other than Greenway, Robison, and T Newm, our defense is very young, and quite impressive also.

  45. But, but, but, insults and put downs are the sign of packer STOCK trolls! (As I take my blanket to the corner!) And cry of course!

  46. Zimmer is pretty spineless. Last year first year as coach when teams are building rapport and learning from new coaches Beaterson wouldn’t even play in the preseason and took practices off. Now this year when he should be making amends and feeling grateful to be employed he doesn’t show up for minicamps and old zimmer comes up with that gutless answer. Your coach needs to grow a pair.

    As far as Lacy it was Rhodes he had steamrolled 2x and Blanton the other. You know Rhodes will be quivering in his cleats when “The Hammer” bears down on him come Packer Sunday.

    Lastly Packer defense was top 5 after Matthews moved to inside lb for second half of season so whatever purple trolls are spewing they might want to google first.

  47. “Resorting to childish insults already? The Packer’s best defensive players are a 35 year old Peppers, and Clay Matthews who misses 8 games a year. ”
    ————-

    How many seasons has Clay Matthews missed 8 games?

    Hint: NEVER

    He played all 16 games last year and missed 5 once in his career with a broken bone.

  48. themeccalambeaufield says:
    May 21, 2015 10:38 PM
    Zimmer is pretty spineless. Last year first year as coach when teams are building rapport and learning from new coaches Beaterson wouldn’t even play in the preseason and took practices off. Now this year when he should be making amends and feeling grateful to be employed he doesn’t show up for minicamps and old zimmer comes up with that gutless answer. Your coach needs to grow a pair.

    As far as Lacy it was Rhodes he had steamrolled 2x and Blanton the other. You know Rhodes will be quivering in his cleats when “The Hammer” bears down on him come Packer Sunday.

    Lastly Packer defense was top 5 after Matthews moved to inside lb for second half of season so whatever purple trolls are spewing they might want to google first.
    ————-
    Packers gave up 20+ points in 7 of their last 8 games. That is almost equivalent to their season average of 21.8 points a game. Maybe they gave up less yards, but still the same amount of points.

  49. zimmer will only see him when he cleans his locker out on the way to big D

  50. Here are some more fun facts:

    12-4 is a WAY better record than 7-9.

    When, over a 6 year span, one team is 10-1-1 against the other it is a pretty safe assumption that the team with the 10 wins is the much better team.

    When a team wins its division 4 years in a row and won the Super Bowl the year before that, it is a pretty safe assumption that that particular team is the best in its division.

    When a particular team finishes dead last in its division for several years and manages to magically finish second-to-last just once, it is a pretty safe assumption that that team is the worst in its division.

    When everyone else in the world can recognize these simple facts and you cannot, you are clearly in denial.

  51. Didnt the Packers/vikings have virtually equal defensive stats at the end of the year? Appears to me they did. As someone previously mentioned the Packers were ranked last or next to last for the 1st half of the season and then moved up to mid teens for the 2nd half. So with that being said we are quite confident with our D.

    The bigger question is the one Viking fans always ignore are the Packers #1 scoring offense while the Vikings play like they are playing on mud.

  52. How ironic , Viking fans complaining about Patriots fans posting on a Vikings thread.

  53. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    May 21, 2015 11:11 PM
    Here are some more fun facts:

    12-4 is a WAY better record than 7-9.

    When, over a 6 year span, one team is 10-1-1 against the other it is a pretty safe assumption that the team with the 10 wins is the much better team.

    When a team wins its division 4 years in a row and won the Super Bowl the year before that, it is a pretty safe assumption that that particular team is the best in its division.

    When a particular team finishes dead last in its division for several years and manages to magically finish second-to-last just once, it is a pretty safe assumption that that team is the worst in its division.

    When everyone else in the world can recognize these simple facts and you cannot, you are clearly in denial.
    —————
    Guess what, all these facts are irrelevant for this upcoming season. Vikes and Pack split the games this year, 1-1, and both make the playoffs. Keep trolling a team that you think is “irrelevant”.

  54. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    May 21, 2015 7:17 PM

    “Idk if yall notice but the Vikings actually got a good team”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Well, if you call 7-9 last year good, then yes they do have a good team.
    _______

    Packer fans are always living in the past. You see, some teams improve themselves over the offseason, while the Packers are satisfied to resign their own players, cut all their inside linebackers, and draft nickel cornerbacks in the first round. Have you ever noticed that things don’t tend to stay the same for too long in the NFL?

  55. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    May 21, 2015 11:20 PM

    And when you “thumbs down” a list of simple, 100% true, verifiable facts that can be looked by anyone, your Minnesota is showing.
    ________

    I recall yesterday I corrected someone’s mistake about defensive rankings on a Packer article and I got nothing but thumbs down from you and your brethren. And that’s a verifiable fact.

  56. minneanderthals says:
    May 21, 2015 11:25 PM
    I’ve never in my life seen fans of a 7-9 team so arrogant.

    Ever.

    I feel so bad for you.
    ———–
    Arrogant? I would say optimistic, which isn’t a bad thing at all?

  57. When, on a scale from 1 to 10, your team (Vikings) has a talent level of around 4, it isn’t hard to improve. Even if you improve that team by a whopping 50%, you are now at a talent level of 6. Yay? I guess?

    When another team (Packers) has a talent level of 7 or 8, there just isn’t room to improve by all that much. I know, there I go with those pesky maths again… and they’re hard. But the facts are the facts if you like them or not.

  58. Wrong again, Teddy. It wasn’t me. I have this weird thing about me where I just can’t deny the truth, even when I may find it inconvenient or distasteful. It’s called integrity.

  59. Know someone who works in the front office of the Vikings…he’s not showing up until day 1 of training camp. its been agreed upon between both parties. the media can stop making this “uneasy feeling” all you want, AP is committed to the team.

  60. ^^^ piggybacking off my last comment. what’s a 70k fine when the Vikings paid him millions of dollars to stay at home last year. He will pony up and pay that fine to continue his own personal workouts down in Texas until he needs to show up in late July.

  61. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    May 21, 2015 11:41 PM

    Wrong again, Teddy. It wasn’t me.
    ________

    It may not have been you, but it was your brethren. Which proves my point: Packer fans hate facts.

  62. “bobnelsonjr says: Who on their [Vikings] schedule can they win against? Seahawks, Packers x2, Broncos, Cardinals, Lions x2, 49’ers, Bears x 2, Chargers, Chiefs, Giants, Falcons, Rams, or Raiders”

    I agree with you here Bobbie Boi… The Vikings can win against all of the above. The fact is they already beat 4 of those teams last year and lost against 3 others by less than 3 points… and that was with a D cobbled together by Coach Z. In fact, the only teams on the list I’m even concerned about are the Seahawks and the Broncos. Queen Boy Puffers??? BWAHAHAHAHA CHOKE! CHOKE! CHOKE! CHOKE!

  63. Vikings blew it…they should have traded him for draft picks before or during the draft. You really think AP is going to go all out for the Vikings ever again?…I would have gotten something for him.

  64. I do think all of the extra attention from Packer trolls is absolutely because they are worried about the Vikings now. They have a great coach, a potentially great defense, a great running back, and an up and coming QB.

  65. 🏆🏆Patriots🏆🏆 says:
    May 21, 2015 7:07 PM
    Teams other than the Patriots just seem, I don’t know, kind of irrelevant. There’s only one champ. There’s only one dynasty.

    There’s also only one perfect team… Thanks again Giants!

  66. futures44 says:
    May 21, 2015 7:41 PM
    The new lawsuit also claims that several former head coaches and assistants – among them, Don Shula, Howard Schnellenberger, Wayne Fontes, Mike Holmgren and Mike Tice – warned players they would be cut from their teams unless they took painkillers and returned to the field.

    The NFL did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    Once again scumbag “Don The Cheat Shula”

    If you had a coach in the 70’s-90’s your coach would be on that list too, buuut you didn’t, quiet cheater, even you owner knows the Patriots are nothing but frauds and cheaters.

  67. Packers fans just wish their nightmare on the 2 days that he visits the packerson game day, that he won’t show up.

    All packer fans feel the tension, the terror that is the packer killer, Adrian Peterson.

    Your nightmare is just beginning,packer fans!!!!!!

    Embrace it.

  68. In Teddy We Trust says:
    May 21, 2015 11:25 PM

    Packer fans are always living in the past. You see, some teams improve themselves over the offseason, while the Packers are satisfied to resign their own players, cut all their inside linebackers, and draft nickel cornerbacks in the first round. Have you ever noticed that things don’t tend to stay the same for too long in the NFL?

    ——————-

    When you have a successful & admirable past its great to reflect, something a Viking fan could not possibly understand.

    When you are a master at drafting there isn’t much of a need to play in free agency unlike Spieladope who hast to sift through the Packers trash to put a team together. The proof is in the record. The Packers have dominated the hapless Vikings for years now.

    As far as not staying the same you of all people should realize how untrue that is. Minnesota is going on 54 years of failure, that apparently will never change.

  69. “AP never shows up in May. So what?”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Normally, I would agree with this. He’s been fine for years doing very little in the off season. But this year is different. This year, he should be there doing at least something if for no other reason than to show the team, his teammates, and the fans that he wants to atone for his transgressions.
    —–
    AP is squatting 400 in Houston while you drink your morning coffee. Don’t worry. He will be fine when he comes north.

  70. It really is disgusting that there are still Cowboys fans that think AP will go to Dallas. You need to have a little more faith in your team, it looks pretty weak right now. If you want AP, he will come at cost, 1st round next year when its a top ten overall.

  71. Still wrong, Teddy. Packer fans love facts, especially because the facts are clearly in our favor by about as wide a margin as could ever be possible. Nearly every single one of the facts, even.

    That’s why fans of other teams pop into these discussions from time to time just to laugh at you guys. Every year you spout the same nonsense and every year you get your tails handed to you. It borders on insanity; it really does.

    When the Packers were terrible in the 70’s and 80’s you certainly didn’t see us running around, beating our chests and talking about our great “dynasty” that was right around the corner or claiming we were going to win the Super Bowl.

  72. Keep on trolling Packer fans…enjoy it while you can. Vikings are COMIN! Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear!!!

  73. “Packer fans are always living in the past. You see, some teams improve themselves over the offseason, while the Packers are satisfied to resign their own players, cut all their inside linebackers, and draft nickel cornerbacks in the first round. Have you ever noticed that things don’t tend to stay the same for too long in the NFL?”
    ——————–

    The difference is that this is a team that was 3 minutes away from the SB, not a 7-9 team.

    And no I haven’t noticed that things don’t tend to stay the same for very long in the NFL. The Packers have won the division for the last 4 years. SKOLOLOL

  74. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    May 22, 2015 5:15 AM
    Vikings blew it…they should have traded him for draft picks before or during the draft. You really think AP is going to go all out for the Vikings ever again?…
    ————-
    Yes. Yes I do. Because I think AP cares about being the best RB in the NFL, cares about his teammates, and cares about the coaches. You ever hear an athlete proclaim he plays for the people in that locker room? I think AP rushes for 1500+, and 14 TD’s this season.

    The Vikings offense will be more well rounded in the past, but it will still rely heavily on AP. Ponder and Webb aren’t under center any more.

  75. With Aaron Rodgers, the Packers should still be the favorites. Can’t argue with that. But, I wouldn’t put money on GB to sweep the Vikings. The arrogance of Packer fans amuses me.

    Any given Sunday. Any given Sunday. And in two years, the Vikings will be the favored ones.

  76. “AP is squatting 400 in Houston while you drink your morning coffee. Don’t worry. He will be fine when he comes north.”

    Now if he were only 4 years younger.

    The red line represents all running backs who have played at least four NFL seasons since 2001, with a minimum average of 75 carries per season. Overall, we see their careers peak at age 27. Afterward, their rushing totals drop by 15 percent in one year, 25 percent in two and almost 40 by the time they are 30.

    Even Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson, one of the league’s best players at any position, contributed to the curve at age 28 last season. It’s true that he had the fifth-most rushing yards (1,266) in the NFL, but overall fell 40 percent from his 2,097-yard effort in 2012.

  77. I wouldn’t go to that voluntary crap either if I was a vet like Peterson. He’s freaking Adrian Peterson, what are you going to do, cut him? I dare you.

  78. “I wouldn’t go to that voluntary crap either if I was a vet like Peterson. He’s freaking Adrian Peterson, what are you going to do, cut him? I dare you.”

    Yeah….30 year old RB with a huge cap number. Who cares if he is cut or not? He’s not going to be that good anymore regardless. Look at every other great RB who was even better than Peterson and what happened to their game on the wrong side of 30.

  79. Packer fans, you do realize you have done absolutely nothing for a better part of a decade right?

    Class dismissed!
    ///////////////////////////////////////////

    Except post winning records and win a Super Bowl. How many in your trophy case?

  80. Why do Viking fans assume the Vikings are the only team that improves each year?

    It is much easier to identify weak spots and make improvements to a team that isn’t very good. Making improvements to a team that is already pretty good is much harder. But the Packers improved too. They aren’t just sitting around waiting for the Vikings to catch them.

  81. The Almighty Cabbage.

    I appreciate that you are a man that will stand by facts. It’s very true. The Packers have been the best team in the NFC North for quite awhile. It’s very evident that the Packers own the Vikings in the 2010’s.

    However, the Vikings are a very young and very talented team. Now, this team has not proven anything other than that they can improve from 6-10 to 7-9 with these new kids. We have a young hopeful QB in Teddy Bridgewater, which of course has yet to prove himself as a star QB in the NFL. But he’s a promising kid who has the demeneor and football intelligence of a franchise QB. Our defense is still young and raw but has great potential.

    Now, I will not deny at all that the Packers are the better team in the NFC North and will be for the immediate future. As a pesomistic yet optimistic Vikings fan. I don’t think we’ll de-throne the Packers in the 2015 season. But, I do feel we’re building a good team that has the potential to be a great team within the next few years.

    I hate Aaron Rodgers. But damnit, I respect him.

    Skol Vikings!

  82. Hear, hear MaGroin! As a big-time PACK guy, I respect your take. We’ve been top dog for some time, but MY GUY ROGERS skills can’t really do anything but decline at this point. I don’t want them too but that’s just how the body works. I respect the direction the Vike’s are headed. They may even sneak into the playoffs this year under the right conditions. GO PACK!!!

    >

  83. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    May 22, 2015 11:03 AM

    When the Packers were terrible in the 70’s and 80’s you certainly didn’t see us running around, beating our chests and talking about our great “dynasty” that was right around the corner or claiming we were going to win the Super Bowl.
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    With all due respect, the Packers’ run of 2 playoff appearances in 25 years is not comparable to the Vikings’ run of one playoff appearance in five years. Furthermore, you shouldn’t attribute the rantings of one or two Packer fans posing as Viking fans to the entire fanbase. Most of us are just looking forward to watching an improved team this season and can’t understand why you and your ilk feel the need to criticize us for it.

  84. @Holden Magroin- Below is a copy/paste of a comment i made in another thread. It applies the same in this instance as it did there.
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    Your post above is the most realistic thing I’ve read from a Vikings fan in a while. Optimistic, but not delusional. For that I have to give you credit.

    I’m not convinced that Minnesota’s tides are turning. Maybe they are but then again, maybe they aren’t. It mostly hinges on Bridgewater. He may be something. Then again, he may not. It’s just too early to tell. His first year was statistically better than Aaron Rodgers’ first year but by that same token, his first year was statistically worse than Tim Tebow’s first year. That certainly doesn’t tell us much, does it? I’m pretty sure that any sane human being on the planet would rather have Rodgers than Tebow.

    Bridgewater seems like a pretty decent kid. He appears to be of high character and he says all the right things in all the right ways. It doesn’t sound like the same old canned BS coming out of his mouth. He’s likable. How it translates to the playing field remains to be seen. I think this coming year will tell us a lot about him. It won’t be definitive but it should give us a pretty good idea about what his career trajectory will be.
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  85. When the Packers were terrible in the 70’s and 80’s you certainly didn’t see us running around, beating our chests and talking about our great “dynasty” that was right around the corner or claiming we were going to win the Super Bowl

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    Okay, hard to believe since the internet was booming back then. I’m reporting this yahoo’s comments from now on.
    This is why:
    Every-time I have a conversation with a fellow Vikings fan or a fan of another team I have to deal with one ridiculous Packers fan. Don’t get me wrong, not all are as obnoxious as cabbage patch above. They all have one thing in common, they use nonsense opinionated facts to their advantage. “In the 70’s and 80’s you certainly didn’t see us running around, beating our chests”? Then tries to defend his position. I could sit here and say that fans of the Vikings never brag about their team. We all know that is a lie, everybody brags about their team somewhat, even the Packers. The fact is that this article literally has nothing to do with the Packers, and all you are doing is further proving that a portion of your fan-base is classless by attempting to be condescending. Then if their ridiculous facts don’t pan out for them, they flash the, “At least we have won a Superbowl”. If there is a, for example, Patriots fan around, they say its just a stat or bring up they’re last victory over that team. Then if that doesn’t work, they bring out the, common stock, that they proudly purchased, at the time not realizing they don’t own squat except a 8 x 11 piece of toilet paper.
    Only reason I say all of this is because I look above and see majority of the comments are Packers fans hating the fact that the Vikings fans are excited?
    I don’t hate the Packers, they are a great team, I just wish many of their fans would quit their hypocritical jabber.
    Done preaching…
    GO VIKES!!

  86. Well gee, shooter, I’m just all tore up over this.

    And no, I never, ever saw a Packer fan in the 70’s and 80’s spout the kind of nonsense that comes out of most Viking fans. Our team was terrible and we knew it. We stuck by our team, and we hoped like crazy for them to get better, but we weren’t delusional. We knew it would be a long haul back to relevance or respectability… and it was. It was a tough time to be a Packer fan.

    Now let us review some of the recent purple delusions that come to mind just right off the top of my head:

    Tavaris Jackson was going to be the next Michael Vick… but better, of course. He was going to tear through defenses like none other. Super Bowl, baby! When it became clear that he couldn’t cut it he was a bum and Christian Ponder was the greatest draft pick of all time. Ponder was most assuredly going to lead them to the promised land and be way better than Rodgers on his way to Canton. When it became clear that Ponder wasn’t going to cut it, he was a bum too. Now we hear Teddy this and Teddy that. Look a few posts above for an honest evaluation of Teddy. He may be something, but he may not. It’s too early to tell but that doesn’t matter to you people. You’ve already anointed him Purple Jesus 2.0 and told us all about how he’s going to destroy the Packers and everybody else. And if your track record holds true, if he doesn’t turn out to be absolutely great in another two years, you’ll throw him too into the “bum pile.” But man, that next guy will be the real deal, even if he has one eye, one leg, and webbed fingers.

    Brad Childress and his K.A.O. were going to dominate the entire league for years and years and years. He was the mad scientist genius that was going to just destroy the Packers and everybody else. Oops! That didn’t work out, so he was a bum like the rest and Frazier was the greatest hire in the history of mankind. The players could really relate to him and they were going to destroy the Packers and everybody else. Dang it, that didn’t work out either, so you people threw him into your ever expanding “bum pile.” Now Zimmer is the greatest coach in the league, bla, bla, bla. Again, he may turn out to be pretty good… or he may not. And again, if your track record holds true, if he doesn’t build a winner in another couple of years you’ll turn on him and he’ll join the rest in the “bum pile.” But that next guy, whoever he is, will be the greatest of all time.

    It’s delusion, on top of delusion, on top of delusion. We’ve heard so much nonsense, for so long, that you’re like the little boy who cried wolf. Nobody takes that nonsense seriously and you people did it to yourselves. And a whole lot of you just keep digging the hole deeper with this year’s delusions and yet another Off Season World Championship.

    The few of you that talk (type) sensibly get talked (typed) to sensibly in return. Unfortunately, those guys are in the minority and whenever one of the sensible guys is having a sensible discussion with one of us, here come the purple yahoos, spouting their delusions and they derail the whole deal. Yay for them…?

  87. I never, ever saw a Packer fan in the 70’s and 80’s spout the kind of nonsense that comes out of most Viking fans. Our team was terrible and we knew it. We stuck by our team, and we hoped like crazy for them to get better, but we weren’t delusional. —————-
    No internet in 70’s or 80’s. Your team was epic terrible…one legit playoff appearance in 25 years, epic! Viking fans stick by their team, you’ll never see Viking fans leave the team like the Packer/Favre fans did in 2009.
    You ARE delusional.

  88. If you think that pointing out how terrible the Packers were at that point in time yet again is going to somehow hurt me or “put me in my place” you are as sadly mistaken about that as you are everything else. When something is terrible, I know it’s terrible. I don’t go off to delusion land.

    And no, I didn’t have Internet access back then but I talked to many fans, all the time. And I never, ever heard one spout the kind of nonsense that most of you people do. We simply weren’t delusional, as so many of you are.

    I grabbed nearly a half-dozen of your delusions right off the top of my head, without even getting into Greg Jennings and/or “Flash” Patterson. Or when Joe Webb was going to be the great savior. I could probably come up with at least a dozen more if I put some thought into it. And every single one of them is/was completely delusional, and there’s no denying it.

    This is why nobody really takes you people seriously. Everything you say about Bridgewater, you said about Ponder, Jackson, Webb for a minute, and God knows who else. Everything you say about Zimmer, you said about Frazier, Childress, and God only knows who else. And you’ve been wrong every time. Every. Single. Time. And now you expect people to take you seriously when you spout the same old/same old yet again? Oh, please.

    Sadly, the few sensible posters amongst you are vastly outnumbered and get drowned out by the delusional Off Season World Champions amongst you. And that’s a shame.

    Wait… tell me one more time how bad the Packers were in the 70’s, 80’s and even into the early 90’s. That just might do… something.

  89. Not trying to put anyone in their place, just stating fact.
    “And no, I didn’t have Internet access back then but I talked to many fans, all the time. And I never, ever heard one spout the kind of nonsense that most of you people do. We simply weren’t delusional, as so many of you are.”
    My point, cause you don’t get it, is if their had been an internet back in the day Packer fans would’ve been talking crap. This blog/comment thing brings out the worst in people, and you know it. So, stop being all high and mighty.
    I’ve never heard anyone say Jackson, Ponder or Webb was our guaranteed QBOTF…never.

  90. I know of Packer fans that became Viking fans because of Favre….and are still Viking fans.
    Hmmm….thought yall were the best fan base ever? That’s not sticking by your team.

  91. Sounds like a bunch of bandwagoners jumped in for the ride because they liked Brett boy. Then jumped off. Maybe that’s what’s going on now? Not really Packer fans…ARod fans? Guess we’ll find out soon enough.

  92. Nope, that’s it. You guys have finally convinced me. They should just cancel the season and award the Lombardi Trophy to the Vikings right now. In fact, they might as well go ahead and rename the Lombardi Trophy and call it the Zimmer Trophy, because Mike Zimmer is the best coach in the league today, and who cares about those old guys like Lombardi or Halas anyways? That’s ancient history! And I know all this because you guys say so. And you guys are always right.

    If that sounds insane, it’s not my fault. I’ve folded under the pressure. I just can’t take anymore. The Minnesota Vikings are going to go undefeated; and not just this year, but for several years! Because Teddy Bridgewater is already the greatest quarterback to ever play the game! Bar none! And Purple Jesus is coming back to run for at least 2000 yards! Maybe even 2500 yards! In fact, they should just quit measuring his mighty Purple Jesus type accomplishments in measly yards and measure his mighty accomplishments in miles! Because you guys say so. And you guys are always right.

    Yeah, that’s the ticket!

  93. Hey Packer Trolls, You LOST your Last game last year.
    So in the long run, you got nothing to say!
    What you doing here? You didn’t make it to the Super Bowl, and the team that beat you, LOST in the Super Bowl..
    You are like the kids that got BEAT up in School, now you are picking on younger kids… You’re not so tough after all are you?

  94. Hey Packer dudes, You LOST your Last game last year.
    So in the long run, you got nothing to say!
    What you doing here? You didn’t make it to the Super Bowl, and the team that beat you, LOST in the Super Bowl..
    You are like the kids that got BEAT up in School, now you are picking on younger kids… You’re not so tough after all are you?

  95. If you are a Packer troll posting here, here is something to remember, You LOST in the playoffs last year.
    So in the long run, you got nothing to say!
    What you doing here? You didn’t make it to the Super Bowl, and the team that beat you, LOST in the Super Bowl..
    You are like the kids that got BEAT up in School, now you are picking on younger kids… You’re not so tough after all are you?

  96. No, no… I’m now a true believer! The Vikings are the greatest franchise in the history of the Earth, the moon and the stars! Nobody else can compete! Resistance is futile!

    How do I know all this? Because you guys say so. And you guys are always right.

  97. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    May 23, 2015 11:09 PM

    No, no… I’m now a true believer! The Vikings are the greatest franchise in the history of the Earth, the moon and the stars! Nobody else can compete! Resistance is futile!
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    It’s about time you came to your senses.

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