Maybe Adrian Peterson just wanted to see which way the wind was blowing, and it was moving north.
Whatever the reason, the Vikings running back has now decided to report to Vikings OTAs, after a strange offseason that made it clear he wasn’t happy about the prospect.
“I decided to come back just to get around my teammates and the coaching staff,” Peterson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. “There’s never been any love lost with those guys. Basically it’s time for me to come in and test the waters and re-familiarize myself with our offense and the direction they’re trying to go in.”
Translated: An offseason full of leverage ploys, including threats to retire, didn’t work. And he realized he had one option.
Coach Mike Zimmer laid that option out last week, when he matter-of-factly said Peterson would play for the Vikings or no one.
And while he might not be thrilled about their level of commitment to him, they’re also committed to paying him $13 million this year, which he might not have found elsewhere.