Adrian Peterson’s rant misses the mark

Mt. Peterson finally erupted. And it went about as well as Peter Brady’s volcano. (Timely reference, I know.)

Arguably he last man who should be painting himself as a victim but who nevertheless tried to shift blame to the Vikings for a predicament created by his own behavior has gone to Twitter for a general rant regarding the system of paying players.

“Question for the people, is a contract two sided or one?” Adrian Peterson asked. “There’s never no talk about honoring a contract!”

But NFL contracts are indeed one-sided, unless they’re individually negotiated to be two-sided. If Peterson wanted in 2011 to ensure that his contract would be two-sided through its final year of 2017, he could have — by insisting on the contract being fully guaranteed for its full duration. When NFL contracts aren’t fully guaranteed, the team can insist on the player honoring every game of every season while in turn having the power to tear up the deal whenever the team wants.

That’s just the way it is, and that system was reiterated via the Collective Bargaining Agreement ratified by the players only weeks before Peterson signed his latest deal.

On one hand, it’s good that Peterson has dropped the passive-aggressive approach with the Vikings. On the other hand, it’s not good that he opted to take a shotgun to a system that won’t be changing — especially after that system (as enhanced by the Commissioner-Exempt list) resulted in Peterson making plenty of money last year from the Vikings despite playing in only one game.

But now that Peterson has decided to attack the situation the same way that he attacks a defense, it may be only a matter of time before Peterson is doing shirtless driveway situps and agent Ben Dogra is rattling off “next question” at a press conference held on Peterson’s front lawn.

107 responses to “Adrian Peterson’s rant misses the mark

  1. He wants equal power as his employer? Clearly he’s never worked in an office or restaurant or…well, ANYWHERE in America. Just like the rest of us, you work for your boss, AP. Deal with it. We all do.

  2. I hope the Vikings make him sit out another entire season at this point. I don’t want him back anymore and I don’t want to trade him. Let’s just make him miss 2 years in a row.

  3. Does Adrian understand that the total value of the contract would have been much, much less if the team didn’t have the option of getting out of it after a certain amount of time? That’s why you got the huge signing bonus, buddy. You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.

  4. The last time a Viking missed the mark that badly was Gary Anderson in 1998, wide left. That was too bad because it appeared that the Vikings were finally ready to compete in a Superbowl. Kinda brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it.

  5. The small schism we were promised by Viking fans has turned into a big divide. If it wasn’t for the dysfunctional Vikings these 2 offseasons would have been pretty boring. Its fun to just sit back and watch.

  6. He brought the whole situation on himself, not the Vikings. Someone really needs to set this guy straight.

  7. In the NFL all contracts are two sided. A team may cut a player loose and a player may simply decide not to show up for work or retire.

  8. Its a shame the tweets have been modified so people can actually read and understand them. I swear this guy has no more than an 8th grade education and was allowed to skate his way through h.s and college. We know Minnesota doesn’t value smarts with the collection of low wonderlic players to go along with suspect character. Is it any wonder they have led the league in arrests since 2000?

  9. Glad the Vikings have his contract off the payroll when doesn’t show like last season. Too bad we didn’t see this coming like Percy Harvin the ticking timebomb.

  10. I hope he remains with the Vikings. The Kardashian-like drama that envelops this team on a yearly basis is the only thing about them that’s worth watching.

    Packers 13-3
    Lions 9-7
    Bears 8-8
    Vikings 5-11

  11. Clearly, AP didn’t take any AP classes in economics, business, contract law, public relations or ethics and didn’t learn a thing about the world from any of the classes that he might’ve attended in college. The system that he decries made him a lot more money than the system he wishes existed.

  12. “There’s never no talk about honoring a contract!”
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    Never no talk? So there is talk? Money doesn’t buy intellect.

  13. AP seemed pretty happy with the system back in 2011 when he got $36 million of guaranteed money.

  14. Never seen someone so upset at making 12+ million that they would just forgo getting it.

  15. “[N]ow that Peterson has decided to attack the situation the same way that he attacks a defense”

    Or, indeed, his son.

  16. There are a number of issues and ignorant statements in Peterson’s rant here, but the thing that I find the most ironic is that the basis of his argument is around teams not honoring their contract to a player. That is exactly what the Vikings are trying to do with him.

    They want him to play for them while they pay him the same amounts agreed to in his contract, so I fail to see why he’s chosen to take up this as his fight.

  17. There is a race going on of who is the dumbest player in the NFL: Lesean Mccoy, Ray Mcdonald or AP. AP just look to the lead.

    I honestly can’t say I am surprised by anything this twit says given his comment during the lockout implying NFL players are like modern day slaves.

    He’s got a wonderful PR team if they can’t muzzle that clown and I have sympathy for his billion children (all with multiple women of course) who probably inherited his stupidity. Sure, they may be fine if they get his money but given how dumb he is, he’ll probably be broke 3 years after he retires.

    Great football player but what a dumb human being.

  18. Ya, but at least he didn’t conspire to let 4% of the air pressure out of a football. Phew! I thought this might really get ugly. Thank god for trivial issues! That was close.

  19. Wonder who’s ink that is on his contract?? That’s correct, it’s from the same person who beat the hell out of a toddler.

    Looks like everyone else is at fault no matter what he does.

  20. The team gave this idiot more money than any back in history, including huge guaranteed dollars. He has already been paid all of the guarantee…perhaps if that money had been spread out over entire length of the deal, he’d feel more secure? Moron ! Here is your guarantee, Adrian…Show up, Shut up, Play, and collect another $12.75 million. Perform well, and earn a shot at next year’s ridiculous salary! If you think so highly of yourself…then bet on yourself!!! What a jackass!

  21. His tweets were the adult equivalent of a four year old throwing a tantrum, rolling on the floor screaming. Ironic.

  22. Why would you agree that NFL contract are one-sided? If that were true, how would Orlando Scandrick have gotten an extension that the team didn’t need to give him?

    Players can hold out or express frustration until their teams make them happy…that’s their side. It’s not as strong as the team’s side, but so what?

    And why is this an issue anyways. NFL owners already won the right to cap spending, which means that there is already a set limit on player salaries. If contract became guaranteed, teams would end up with more money tied into hurt or ineffective players, leaving less of the pie for younger, better performers. So this wouldn’t really earn the players more money anyways.

  23. Your scheduled to make 13 million dollars this season AD, Stop listening to your agent suit up and play. If you don’t you must be some kind of stupid.

  24. Someone needs to tell Peterson the contracts in the NFL are one sided, in order to make them two sided he needs leverage…he gave up his leverage when he beat up his 4 yr old son last yr…..now he gets to collect his 12 million dollars next yr even if they cut him or decide to bench him, thats not a bad deal so stop crying…..Peterson is clearly not the sharpest tack in the box……

  25. They shouldn’t even call NFL contracts a “contract.” A contract is where BOTH parties have to perform. AP is right even though all you whining grocery baggers making 8 bucks an hour disagree.

  26. Lifelong Viking fan here and I’m tired of the moronic stance by this big baby……… Adrian “Beat-your-son”.

    Hey Adrian, stop your whining you big baby. You signed a contract that pays you to play football for the Vikings. You only played ONE game last year, but the Vikings paid you for the WHOLE SEASON. Since you didn’t play football, like your contract states, GIVE ALL THAT MONEY BACK TO THE VIKINGS!!

    Enough whining you big baby….

  27. Hey big Vikes guy here but I dont know who is dumber, Petersen for playing the part of a victim,or us fans for hoping he comes back.

  28. As a huge fan of the 1969 NFL Champions, I am ready to see this clown retire. Not only do I not want him playing for my 1969 NFL Champions, I don’t want him to be able to play anywhere. He doesn’t deserve to be in the NFL any longer.

    He did this to himself.

  29. I hear there are teams in the CFL that need running backs. If you’re not happy with the NFL, head to Canada…… or McDonald’s in Los Angeles is now paying $15 an hour. Maybe you can go to work there and bitch about how you aren’t getting paid as much as the Kroc family

  30. In a nutshell. AP knows he is under contract and will full-fill the contract. He has 2 problems with the Vikings. 1. He is upset, because the Vikings stripped his image and video promos that were used the get the Stadium and sell tickets. 2. He knows the Vikings can drop him at any time in the next few years and he’ll be out millions. That being said. If he can play to his full potential Wilf will write checks for each year of his contract. Just ask Jared Allen who got paid crazy money full filling the last year of his contract.

  31. It really sounds like Mike Zimmer’s comments yesterday hit a nerve. He can sit at home, get another year older and never come back (without pay). Or he can swallow his pride, admit that he might have acted inappropriately and move on. What a chess match!

    Mike Zimmer is going to be a great force in the NFL. I just wish that my Bengals still had him!

  32. The commissioner didn’t put Peterson on the exempt list, the Vikings brass did. Recall that Goodell hadn’t been heard from for months. He was still under his desk, hiding from women.

    The Vikes put him on the we-don’t-want-the-bad-publicity-so-we’ll-wait-for-the-heat-to-blow-over list. Adrian was ready to play.

    That sit down cost him a shot at the record books. Now it’s costing the Vikes.

    It’s going to be that way until the NFL quits considering itself an extension of the justice department. If the league office had concentrated on football none of this would have happened.

  33. So much for getting any sort of job with the NFL after he retires. No cameo’s on NFL Total Access, nothing. Have to wonder how many other bridges he’s burned.

  34. I’m so HAPPY that Teddy Bridgewater is now the ‘Face of the Franchise’. Adrian….please…just GO AWAY. I am almost wishing we could re-sign D.J. Dozier as our running back after all this nonsense.

  35. As a packer fan I like to take any chance I get to bash the Vikings. But, in this case I actually admire the stance the organization is taking. Play or don’t play. It’s that simple for him. In the end, if they hold firm like they have he’ll be there for training camp.

  36. jovan19 says:
    May 28, 2015 5:53 PM
    All he wants to do is rush for 2,500 yards with the Cowboys

    If JJ coughs up the draft choices, he will have the chance. But the Vikes are driving the bus Jerry. If you want him, you know what it will take. Is it worth a stud in the backfield? Is it the missing position? Only one way to find out. Do it for all of us, so we can move on from this nightmare story!

  37. This is exactly what I said was coming months ago. Peterson wants out, he kept quiet trying to spare what he could of his public image waiting for the Vikings to trade him.

    Since the Vikings continue to refuse to trade him the situation is entering the next phase. The phase where Peterson, his agent, etc make as much noise as possible to annoy the Vikings to the point that they finally get sick of it and move on without him.

    The Vikings will continue to resist; but, the best thing they could do for themselves right now is trade him. The more vocal he gets, and the closer the start of the season gets, the lower his trade value falls.

  38. Justintuckrule says: “A contract is where BOTH parties have to perform.”
    The Vikings “perform” their part of the contract by PAYING Peterson. They’ve done that. What else do they have to do?

  39. You can’t look at all of these Goodell associated rulings just independently. They’re a jigsaw puzzle to a much larger picture.

  40. I primarily want AD back so he can run down the Cheesehead defense.

  41. Alas, you proved my point. The media has been scared into submission by the fear of retribution from Goodell and the NFL or their own overlords.

    Tell the truth and shame the devil. That’s what Sister Ursula told me in 3rd grade.

  42. Why does everyone not see this clearly.
    The Patriots are felt to be cheating. This means that the competitive outcome of games may be in doubt.
    This costs them 4 games and 1 million dollars.
    Peterson was put on a make believe exempt list until his case was finished; it was a misdemeanor by our justice system and he has done his sentence.
    For this he was suspended 15 games and fined around 9 million dollars, pending appeal.
    Because it was for spanking his child who pushed his other child off a moving bicycle, fans have freaked out because he is rich and black.
    Peterson is a good person; his own brother died at age 8. He was switched himself as a child. He is just learning his way through life as we all are. his high salary is leading to a lynching of his character. He is the wronged party here as there was no basis for a 15 game suspension.

  43. Does anybody even have the cap room to take this clown? Maybe a player trade straight up. There is just no value to trade a pick for this idiot. He has no concept of reality and views himself as a victim whenever he doesn’t get what he wants. I’m actually hoping he does something that the Vikings can use to justify a conduct detrimental suspension.

  44. abninf says: May 28, 2015 7:21 PM

    Twitter and alcohol don’t mix.

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    Substitute the word “stupidity” for “alcohol”, and I think you got it.

  45. Poor AP! This guy has made millions and now he wants more guaranteed money. Maybe you should have negotiated when you signed your last contract!! If it wasn’t for football I don’t think you’d have the bank account you do.

  46. Please Vikings. Please do not cave to this guy. Please take a stand against every self-serving egomaniac in the NFL that thinks it’s all about him. You made him a wealthy man. Make him show you he was worth it. Make him man up, even if he doesn’t want to.

  47. daysend564 says: May 28, 2015 5:59 PM

    Not one sided, but he did get paid over $10M to beat his kid last year.
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    Let’s not forget the year he got paid despite missing most of it due to injury. Not his fault my any means, but you’d be hard pressed to find another NFL player that’s been payed more to not play.

    It’s just a weird time for him to choose to be the champion of the player’s union, unless he’s got personal reasons to continue to whine about this.

  48. hey, guys!

    Big VIKES guy here! I really hope my guy PETERSEN comes back! He might be on the wrong side of 30, and he has a fumbling problem in big moments, but I still have faith!

    Do we really know what his son did, anyway? He might have deserved what he got and more!

  49. Hes right. DeMaurice is a sell out. He sold out the billion dollar slam dunk collusion case and he m8ddles along playing the game with the man. Grow a pair.

  50. I hope Peterson tears an ACL taking out his garbage tomorrow. I’d enjoy nothing more than never hearing about or seeing that idiot ever again. He should be tossed out of the league for beating a 4 year old kid.

  51. AP is dead on here. Why is he wrong and “Missing the Mark” for doing what the NFL does on a daily basis.The NFL is the only company in America that does not have to honor their contracts. People laugh and make jokes but in all seriousness the NFL ruins lives by their lack of integrity, and then the players end up looking like degenerates who are out of control. If they can tear up contracts as they see fit, why can’t players push back. When, you know, it’s the players who bring in the bulk of those advertising dollars.

  52. Don’t nobody never ever not talk ’bout my contractactulatory joblications whilst I’m yellin’ ’bout what’s never not been done to me an’ my youngins’. Adrian “Cuyler” Peterson.

  53. huge viking fan..former ap fan. is this guy extremely dumb on his own? or is he getting help being an idiot. i’ll take the rb’s the vikings have and go from there. they moved up to 7-9 without him last year..this dope will be flat broke when he’s out of the league in just 5 years time….go away you spoiled crybaby already

  54. two9sthehardway says: May 28, 2015 9:02 PM

    AP is dead on here. Why is he wrong and “Missing the Mark” for doing what the NFL does on a daily basis.The NFL is the only company in America that does not have to honor their contracts. People laugh and make jokes but in all seriousness the NFL ruins lives by their lack of integrity, and then the players end up looking like degenerates who are out of control. If they can tear up contracts as they see fit, why can’t players push back. When, you know, it’s the players who bring in the bulk of those advertising dollars.

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    If the players were making, oh, I don’t know…$100K a year, this might be a valid statement. But when a player like Peterson is making more in one season than a family of 10 makes in a lifetime, that’s where this statement runs out of steam. Sorry, I’m not buying it.

  55. numba1minnysportsfan says: May 28, 2015 8:40 PM

    hey, guys!

    Big VIKES guy here! I really hope my guy PETERSEN comes back! He might be on the wrong side of 30, and he has a fumbling problem in big moments, but I still have faith!

    Do we really know what his son did, anyway? He might have deserved what he got and more!

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    Seriously?!?

  56. Make him sit for a year do NOT guarantee any money…he’s the same guy that called the OWNER of the Vikings a slave owner to get his last contract… lets see if he’ll throw away $$$…
    He is full of it… Child beater!

  57. Titled Under: When Stupid people say stupid things.

    Sorry Adrian but you obviously have no clue how a contract works. If a contract is signed and has language in it that let’s a party walk away before the term is up, and then that party walks away then that means that contract has been honored.

    There has never been a contract in NFL history that hasn’t been honored. The closest you could get to calling a team out for not honoring a contract is the Patriots with holding the $3m that they still legally owe Aaron Hernandez. Cases like those rarely happen and they always get settled over time.

  58. I say change it. If the NFL players go on strike, what can the owners do? Hire replacement players? HA! Good luck with that. United, the players stand, divided, they fall. It’s as simple as that. The players have the leverage, just don’t know if they have the onions to use it.

  59. Also, a lot of people keep bringing up the fact that he only played one game last season, like that was his choice. Get real, he wanted to play, but was punished for disciplining his child. Let’s not paint a picture as if he had the option to sit out AND get paid last year. Man, YOU people are terrible, reinforcing the old adage, “The pen is mightier than the sword…”

  60. AP (Abusive Parent) just don’t get it. How can the Vikings even let him suit up, is beyond me. After all, it was his actions that cost the Vikings MILLIONS in naming rights, sponsorship deals, revenue, etc A lot more than your “paltry” $12.75 million.

  61. abninf says:
    May 28, 2015 7:21 PM
    Twitter and alcohol don’t mix.

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    Yes, yes it does. And most entertainingly, most of the time.

  62. TomsulasMustache says:
    May 28, 2015 8:36 PM
    @vikinghooper says:
    May 28, 2015 8:21 PM
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    He was given a free college education. Clearly he didnt pick up on anything.

    Tommy: while technically true, there WAS that full time job he had with bob stoops that took up almost all his time. And all the boomer sooner fans didn’t care if he could conjugate verbs back then….

  63. Ziggy needs to “get Ziggy wit it” and cut “All Day” loose. Team Purple isn’t going to win a Super Bowl with Teddy Bridgewater anyway, so…

  64. Alcohol and commenting on the Internet also don’t mix but that doesn’t stop the Cheeseheads day in and day out and day in and day out. . .

  65. inallsincerity says:
    May 28, 2015 11:21 PM

    I say change it. If the NFL players go on strike, what can the owners do? Hire replacement players? HA! Good luck with that. United, the players stand, divided, they fall. It’s as simple as that. The players have the leverage, just don’t know if they have the onions to use it.
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    Yeah…but ya see…..the owners have the checkbooks.

    Some guy named Brett thought he was above his owner and GM too. It got him a little bit of limelight, but in the end….he goes out looking like a back peddling douche canoe that will regret a lot in the end. Problem for Peterson….he’s got half the marbles Favre did….and that wasn’t much to start with.

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