Now that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has made it clear that he doesn’t have a problem with the team, the question becomes whether he’ll still have a problem joining the team for offseason workouts.
He skipped the first two phases of the offseason program as well as the first week of Organized Team Activities, in the apparent hope that the Vikings will guarantee all or part of his 2016 salary. But before Peterson spoke publicly about his situation, coach Mike Zimmer did. And a key observation from Zimmer was largely overlooked beyond the “he can play for us or he can not play” headline.
“I’ve also read that Adrian told me that he wasn’t coming to OTAs, which is completely false,” Zimmer said. “I know there’s a lot of things that are out there. I don’t know when he’s coming. We’ll just leave it at that.”
While Zimmer’s contention that Peterson didn’t say he wasn’t coming to OTAs doesn’t mean Peterson definitely will show up, the door remains open. If he’d show up for the remainder of the OTA sessions, there’s also a chance (in theory) the Vikings will choose to pay his $250,000 workout bonus, which was tied only to OTA participation and not to the first two phases of the offseason program.
Peterson has remained silent since making his case against NFL contracts on Twitter. Earlier on Sunday, he posted an apparent photo of his very large and very nice home, with the message “serene” — which triggered a multitude of the kind of responses we’ve all come to expect on Twitter.
Twitter will have plenty more to say about Peterson if/when he shows up for OTAs. If he does, it’ll be the clearest indication yet that the guy know as “All Day” is all in for 2015.