Adrian Peterson reverses field, decides to go to Vikings OTAs

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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.

158 responses to “Adrian Peterson reverses field, decides to go to Vikings OTAs

  1. His agent called and said his next best offer was half his current contract, starting with the $250 K for just showing up now.

  2. The mothership has some more comments that would indicate AP got advice from someone other than Ben Dogra or any troll of a Packer fan.

    YOU CAN’T SIMMER THE ZIMMER!!!

  3. his twitter rant was the final brick in a wall of bad moves. his agent and lawyer (other than the guy who got the plea bargain) should be fired for allowing this guy to make himself look worse than he already did.

  4. I don’t know that I have ever seen such a disastrous attempt for an athlete to play the “poor me” card in the court of public opinion. He really took a bad situation that kept him off the field all year (but got him paid $10M), and threw napalm on it by complaining that no one supported him during his time of trouble.

    No way were the Vikings going to take that PR stance. But to continue to rant and rail against an organization that has repeatedly PUBLICLY expressed their desire for him to play for them and rejoin the team? Adrian needs to fire his marketing/PR team, or his agent, or maybe both…Hopefully this is the end of this saga.

  5. I still lost some level of respect as he blamed the vikings, his employer for his troubles.hope he plays with fire this year though, as time heals all wounds!

  6. Probably needs the workout bonus to cover some of his (massive) child support bill.

  7. Translation: I have no power, I have no hand to play, I’m going to walk back to the Vikings the same way my kid walked back to me after I beat him with a stick.

  8. Test the waters and see what direction they’re going in?

    Don’t complicate things. Go in and do the things they ask you to do, get yourself ready to go during training camp and then run like hell during the season why is this so hard?
    They’re committed to paying you huge money this year and if you perform everyone will be happy.

  9. If AP had any sense at all he’d hire a qualified nanny and shut down his Twitter account. He doesn’t really seem like a bad guy, but he might be the dictionary picture for “own worst enemy.”

  10. Just go away forever. Why waste your career on a perennial 3 win team with Bustwater of all people as your QB?

    No future. No past. No present. minnesota defined.

  11. “Test the waters” and see “the direction THEY’RE trying to go in” aren’t exactly the words of someone who’s committed to your “team”.

  12. I guess getting to 90% of OTA participation and getting that $250K bonus does mean something after all. Now let’s move past this and have a good season.

  13. Once Adrian starts playing football, getting involved in football activities, some of the bad feelings will go away. He needs to occupy himself with football. Welcome Back Adrian!

  14. WOW! As a Vikings fan, i’m happy to see this nonsense come to an end. On the other hand, I honestly thought it was going to drag out well into training camp. What Zimmer said last week must have really had an impact on AP.

  15. Sad to see such a great talent playing for a team he has absolutely no desire to play for. Just goes to show, NFL is not about loyalty it’s about the paycheck

  16. Sometime it takes quite a while before reality sets in. Zimmer and Spielman played it right and here is the result. They had all the leverage in the world. Time to put on the pads and start playing mean against those defenses.

  17. Who else will pay 13 million to someone who habitually makes ridiculous and ignorant slavery comments, admits to smoking dope, and beats little kids bloody?

    Only the leagues most classless, embarrassing and pathetic teams…….Vikings and Patriots.

    Peterson could have tried going to the Patriots, but his image would have further been tarnished with asterisks and a cheater label.
    So he is stuck with the 2nd most pathetic team

  18. AP: I will hold my breath and turn blue in the face if you don’t trade me. You guys didn’t stick up for me when I beat my kid.

    Vikings: Play or don’t get paid > $13,000,000

    AP: Uh, what time is training camp?

  19. What a deplorable human being. First he beats his kids, then tries to use it as leverage later to get what he wants. Although I don’t blame him for wanting to leave the train wreck that is the Vikings. He just went about it the wrong way.

    Barry Sanders never won a ring before he retired too.

  20. I love the precedent…

    Beat your kids…

    Get in Trouble…

    Blame your Organization for not supporting you…

    Get a raise…

    I can’t Boo loud enough at the Vikings for this…they caved like a Card house in a Cat 5 Hurricane when they held all the leverage.

    The Karma train should come via Torn ACL 30 minutes into his first workout.

  21. Peterson was in a BIG hurry to get back to the team in time to make sure that he gets his Off Season Championship ring.

  22. $13M is elite money for a 30yr old at any position, count your blessings and ball out

  23. Teddy Buy Me A Bruschi says:
    Jun 2, 2015 8:40 AM
    What a deplorable human being. First he beats his kids, then tries to use it as leverage later to get what he wants. Although I don’t blame him for wanting to leave the train wreck that is the Vikings. He just went about it the wrong way.

    Barry Sanders never won a ring before he retired too.
    ____________________________________
    And if you are old enough to remember the Lions were hated for handcuffing Barry. Ever wonder why he retired before he could have EASILY broken the all-time rushing record?

  24. This is just like Favre showing up at Packers camp.

    An happy camper to poison the atmosphere and create a media circus.

    Good luck with that Vikings.

  25. Did we really expect any other outcome?

    Sadly, when it really matters, very few people actually have the moral fortitude put “principles” ahead of large sums of cash (not that AD’s wack-a-dilly attitude constitutes anything resembling principles).

    The world has very few martyrs, and even fewer martyr pro athletes…

  26. From the sounds of it, it sounds like Zimmer told Peterson he was acting like a damn fool after the twitter rant and finally got him to come to his senses and put the pipe down.

  27. This is just like Favre showing up at Packers camp.

    An unhappy camper to poison the atmosphere and create a media circus.

    Good luck with that Vikings.

  28. I wonder whether this dunce actually understands what it means when he says that “There’s never been any love lost” between himself and his teammates and coaches.

  29. More Packer trolls than Viking fan comments…somebody’s scared!!

    “Peterson stiff arms Matthews AAAANNNNNDDD HE’s LOOOSE!”

  30. The “test the waters” part of his comment is interesting.

    Is AP referring to how he’ll be received? or how committed the team is to making him a big role in the offense? what?

    I wouldn’t be surprised, if he’s doing well, if he pulls something just before season starts.

    He has no leverage now, but if he’s doing well, running well etcetera, Norm makes him an important part of the offense, then he’ll have leverage on opening day.. “hold out”.

    I wouldn’t be surprised….

  31. Peter King MMQB. has Vikings at #6 in the power rankings. Pack fans, don’t think only Viking fans think we’re moving up…..

  32. nrwalk12238 says:
    Jun 2, 2015 9:11 AM
    More Packer trolls than Viking fan comments…somebody’s scared!!

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

    Don’t flatter yourself. There are too many posts to count from fans throughout the league.

    “Matthews grabs Peterson’s arm and takes the ball away! AAAANNNNNDDD HE’s LOOOSE!”

    My scenario actually happened. Yours did not.

  33. Any Viking fan thinking this situation has been resolved doesn’t understand that Peterson still has leverage but that leverage can only be used once he is in camp.

    Prior to the first week of the season, my crystal ball sees Peterson showing up with a hamstring injury, you know, the type that can slow you down but yet not show up on a MRI beccause it is just tightness after all. The only known cure for that type of injury is a trade.

    Then the Vikings are stuck, pay him $13 million for nothing or clear him out of the locker room. Good luck dealing with that headache. The Vikings can create a lot of good PR by cutting Peterson and announcing to the world that they have standards and child abuse will not be tolerated.

  34. pervyspankspackfans says:
    Jun 2, 2015 9:14 AM

    Peter King MMQB. has Vikings at #6 in the power rankings. Pack fans, don’t think only Viking fans think we’re moving up…..

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

    And every sports book in the world has their over/under for wins at 6.5 or 7. They also have them with the worst Superbowl odds in the division.

    Translation: All these guys that have made billions of dollars by not being wrong are predicting that that the Vikings are about to return to their customary, and rightful, place at the bottom of the NFCN barrel.

    Hmmmm… I dunno…. should I trust Peter King and some nonsense power rankings, or should I trust the guys that have made billions by not being wrong? Decisions, decisions.

    10-1-1

  35. Not a fan of Adrian Peterson as a father but let’s use his on the field talents to our advantage. This would not be happening without Coach Zimmer!

  36. look these guys are good at one thing. Football. I don’t care who you are, the circumstances he went through would spin anyone out, even if it was his ownfault. His recent rants make it clear he is angry and confused, yet he doesn’t even know who he is angry at. Himself, the Vikings, the NFL, the union. this was a guy free falling with no advice except for his agent who doesn’t have AP’s best interest at heart. So he went back to a place where the world is simple and where he feels competent and in control. He went back to football. It was really his best move. Now he needs to be quiet and let his play speak for him.

  37. Looking forward to Adrian working out a new contract with the Vikings or someone else next year, BUT WITH A NEW AGENT!!!!!!

  38. When you get to be a player of AP’s caliber I think the tendency is to isolate yourself a bit from reality. He lives in a mansion and constantly hears how great he is. His agent and lawyers feed him misinformation as their interest is in getting more money for themselves, not truly putting AP’s best interest at heart.

    Hopefully Zimmer’s comment gave him a bit of perspective back. Looking forward to watching how much easier things will be for Teddy with AP behind him.

  39. My thinking it’s about more than money. AP has plenty of money, even if he wants more guaranteed. I think it’s also about the absolute trouncing he took on social media and sites like this one over the past few weeks. He was pretty much universally condemned for his rants and attitude. Someone talked some sense into him.

  40. I’ve said from the very first day he was reinstated that he would stay with the Vikings. I also said at some point this season they would give him a new guaranteed contract. I am sticking with that.

    4 years, $48 mil, $20 mil guaranteed. Those terms all fall within the timeframe of Bridgewater’s rookie contract, so salary cap is not an issue.

    Most of you hate AP. That’s fine. I personally don’t. I just want him to tear up the NFL like he always has so the Vikings can win games.

  41. @CabbageHead:

    Translation: All these guys that have made billions of dollars by not being wrong ….

    ***********************************

    Guess you don’t get betting.
    They don’t make money by “not being wrong”
    They make money by making odds such that they can get enough people to BET on either side equally so the “HOUSE” wins.
    And the PERCEPTION in general out there is that the “Vikings suck”.. due to the typical fan that goes only by what they vaguely remember of the previous overall record in the last year.

    You don’t really think that betting lines have ANYTHING to do with how “good” or “bad” a team really is, do you?

    It’s not about that at all. It’s about how many points have to be given to any particular team for people to BET on both sides equally.

    Which is ALL ABOUT “perception” of the bettor.

  42. dabceb2014 says:
    Jun 2, 2015 10:00 AM
    Vikings left AP out to dry last year… He had to fend for himself and he did.

    Now welcome home???
    ————————–

    Dude, are you kidding me? How did they hang him out to dry…by paying him not to play?

  43. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Jun 2, 2015 9:46 AM
    pervyspankspackfans says:
    Jun 2, 2015 9:14 AM

    Peter King MMQB. has Vikings at #6 in the power rankings. Pack fans, don’t think only Viking fans think we’re moving up…..

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

    And every sports book in the world has their over/under for wins at 6.5 or 7. They also have them with the worst Superbowl odds in the division.
    ———————-
    I’ll be interested to see that line move now that AP is back.

  44. whatjusthapped says:
    Jun 2, 2015 9:29 AM
    Any Viking fan thinking this situation has been resolved doesn’t understand that Peterson still has leverage but that leverage can only be used once he is in camp.

    Prior to the first week of the season, my crystal ball sees Peterson showing up with a hamstring injury, you know, the type that can slow you down but yet not show up on a MRI beccause it is just tightness after all. The only known cure for that type of injury is a trade.
    ———
    There’s been lots of posts like this over the past couple months. And I’ve said it every time….that attitude says you a are lazy POS. It’s not the way NFL players think.

  45. mancave001 says: Jun 2, 2015 10:11 AM

    dabceb2014 says:
    Jun 2, 2015 10:00 AM
    Vikings left AP out to dry last year… He had to fend for himself and he did.

    Now welcome home???
    ————————–

    Dude, are you kidding me? How did they hang him out to dry…by paying him not to play?
    ————————–

    I would say they left him out to dry by not publicly supporting him, albeit it would be tough to do so during the case he was involved in. Once the final verdict came out, I would have expected some sort of support from the Vikes.

  46. It’s nice that he’s coming to OTAs, but what I’m really interested in is how he handles his first press conference. If he stands up and takes ownership of his past mistakes, he’ll bring a lot of fans back over to his side. If he still portrays himself as a victim, it’s going to be hard to cheer too loudly for those 80-yard touchdowns.

  47. I really think the main reason Vikings fans should be excited about this is that it may stop everyone from shouting into the wind for a while. By most statistical measures adding AP to last year’s 7-9 team would have increased the win-probability by maybe 1 game. The future success of this team rests on the improvement of our QB and defense, not AP. He’ll help, but there’s a ways to go.

  48. This was always what was going to happen. If the Vikings thought they were close to winning they would have cut or traded him because his salary is WAY too high for a running back. They basically have no other major parts so they’re hoping he carries them like a few years ago and maybe they can back into another playoff spot. He’s the best player they have and the number one fan draw.

  49. “I’ll be interested to see that line move now that AP is back.”

    As will I. The thing is, it may move very little or it may even not move at all. AP is a great running back, there’s no denying that. But historically, his big numbers haven’t translated to wins. They just haven’t.

    That said, Peterson hasn’t really played with Bridgewater as the QB. I think Bridgewater will be an above average QB and he may even turn out to be a great QB. But he might also turn out to be another Ponder. Or better than Ponder but still kind of mediocre. We just don’t know yet.

    If the opening line moves significantly, I’d likely take that as an endorsement of Bridgewater as much as I would Peterson as I believe that move would be based mostly on the combination of the two guys.

    And I’d use anybody’s “Power Rankings” as kindling; or maybe toilet paper.

  50. The Vikings have only won 5 games against the Packers since Peterson was drafted. Nobody Packer fan is concerned with him. Especially since even his biggest days running the ball rarely result in wins.

    There has been only 1 big day running the ball by Peterson that resulted in one of the only 5 wins against the Packers. The rest were losses.

  51. Peterson doesn’t strike me as the sharpest knife in the drawer. And, he’s definitely a bully. The whipping a 4 year old tells you as much, but the whole crushing people’s hands when he shakes them, kind of gave you a pretty good clue that he was a bully. You would always hear sportscasters telling stories jokingly about how Peterson crushed their hand – they would laugh when telling the story, but I bet deep down they were thinking what a jerk.

    The bully part played itself out early in this drama, the stupid part near the end.

  52. Not a Vikings fan, but I applaud their stance and the way they handled the situation. Peterson is delusional and received some really really bad advice from his agent/ PR team. It appears that AP still doesn’t get it that beating a child with a stick is flat out abuse. If he wasn’t the most hated player in the league, he is now with his ridiculous stance towards the team.

  53. teddy buy your own

    Barry Sanders never won a ring before he retired too.

    ))))))))))))))))))))))))

    Not the same situation at all. uninformed people regurgitate this line. Barry Sander never won a playoff game. If AD doesn’t win a SB he can look in the mirror as to why he didn’t. Not blame the franchise like you just did.

  54. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Jun 2, 2015 10:51 AM

    “I’ll be interested to see that line move now that AP is back.”

    As will I. The thing is, it may move very little or it may even not move at all. AP is a great running back, there’s no denying that. But historically, his big numbers haven’t translated to wins. They just haven’t.

    That said, Peterson hasn’t really played with Bridgewater as the QB. I think Bridgewater will be an above average QB and he may even turn out to be a great QB. But he might also turn out to be another Ponder. Or better than Ponder but still kind of mediocre. We just don’t know yet.

    If the opening line moves significantly, I’d likely take that as an endorsement of Bridgewater as much as I would Peterson as I believe that move would be based mostly on the combination of the two guys.

    And I’d use anybody’s “Power Rankings” as kindling; or maybe toilet paper.

    duece5 says:

    No pundit compare Bridgewater to Ponder……NOBODY.

    Even you being a pack fan should easily see this.

    Bridgewater had a very nice rookie year WITHOUT the best RB in football, 2 starting Olineman, and no No.#1 receiver.

    The stage is set for Bridgewater to have a great year.

    No one is putting him in Canton, but as astute fans, we realize he is the real deal,as do many of the pundits from around the country.

    As far as the Power Rankings, I agree,they are as useless.

    But, I would say they are useless as gbay packer “stock”!!!!!

  55. pervyspankspackfans says: Jun 2, 2015 9:14 AM

    Peter King MMQB. has Vikings at #6 in the power rankings. Pack fans, don’t think only Viking fans think we’re moving up…..
    ………………………………….

    has packers at 3. also has Baltimore at 1 and indy at 11, pats at 5 and dallas at 13. lets see how the season goes

  56. Vegas makes money on people like the typical Packer fan who always bets the under on the Vikings and the over on the Packers. They don’t have to be “right” because they can count on you to be wrong.

  57. We are so glad you are back even though we’ve been bashing you for over a year and telling you to go away forever. Says: All Vikings Fans

  58. “Not the same situation at all. uninformed people regurgitate this line. Barry Sander never won a playoff game. If AD doesn’t win a SB he can look in the mirror as to why he didn’t. Not blame the franchise like you just did.”
    ——————-

    The point remains that great RB’s often times don’t win SB’s before they retire. Peterson will just be the next one. Especially in an NFL where the running game isn’t the biggest key to winning like it was when Barry played.

  59. “Vegas makes money on people like the typical Packer fan who always bets the under on the Vikings and the over on the Packers. They don’t have to be “right” because they can count on you to be wrong.”
    ————–

    This makes no sense at all. Especially if you do actually wager your own money. Betting on the Packers to cover the spread consistently would have made you a TON more money than doing the same on the Vikings over the past 5 years.

  60. “pervyspankspackfans says:
    Jun 2, 2015 9:14 AM
    Peter King MMQB. has Vikings at #6 in the power rankings. Pack fans, don’t think only Viking fans think we’re moving up…..”

    =-=-=-=-=

    Thanks for that, I’m still laughing. Peter King. Too much funny.

  61. Peterson knows that he can’t force his way out of Minnesota without being there to tear apart the team from the inside.

    He has to tread lightly or he could be suspended by the team. But he is smart to show up so they can see how bad his attitude is about playing for them so he can force a trade. Nagging “hamstring issues” and overall indifference towards the coaches and the team will go a long way in getting what he wants. Say the right things in the media but do the opposite behind closed doors. Brilliant!

  62. “But, I would say they are useless as gbay packer “stock”!!!!!”

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

    Another very misinformed Vikings fan. There are 2 distinctly different types of stock in the Packers and both serve very real purposes.

    The first type is like any other stock. It denotes ownership, can be traded, earns profits, and comes with voting rights. It ensures that our team can never move and we will never be extorted by greedy owners like the Wilfs.

    The second type is the souvenir stock. Everybody on Earth (other than misinformed Viking fans) knows that this is simply a souvenir. What it does, is pays for stadium upgrades and renovations. This way, only those that want to contribute do. Those taxpayers that do not wish to pay for stadium renovations and upgrades are not forced to. This is why Lambeau is the third largest stadium in the NFL and is consistently ranked as THE best sports venue in the country.

    You people buy overpriced jerseys and then burn them when the player upsets you or they eventually just wear out and get tossed. We buy a share of souvenir stock to hang on the wall and pass down to our kids and grandkids.

    Our team can never move. We have the best venue in all of sports. Who’s laughing now? Packer fans for sure. And most likely anybody that reads your posts about the souvenir stock will be laughing… at how woefully misinformed you people are.

  63. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jun 2, 2015 8:27 AM

    Just go away forever. Why waste your career on a perennial 3 win team with Bustwater of all people as your QB?

    No future. No past. No present. minnesota defined.
    ————————————-
    Perennial 3 win team, huh? You mean a team that has only had 3 wins two years out of their existence? You call that “perennial?

    Also, you call Bridgewater “Bustwater”. For someone that was considered for RoY, I would hardly call him a bust. He still has a lot to prove but to call him a bust at this time is ludicrous.

  64. If the Vikings thought they were close to winning they would have cut or traded him because his salary is WAY too high for a running back.
    ——-
    This makes absolutely no sense. It’s just the opposite. If they thought they weren’t close to winning they would have traded him. They kept their best player because they think they can be close to the playoffs. And they’re paying his salary because their QB is making $1.5 mil on a rookie contract and their salary cap is in great position.

  65. If he still portrays himself as a victim, it’s going to be hard to cheer too loudly for those 80-yard touchdowns.
    —–
    It’s simply time to move on. Fans begging for an apology is silly. AP should say nothing more than; “I’m here to play football and help the team win”.

  66. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Jun 2, 2015 8:49 AM

    Doesn’t much matter. The Packers have absolutely owned the Vikings with Peterson and without Peterson.

    10-1-1
    ———————————
    I’m not disparaging your point in that the Packers have owned the Vikings in recent times. However, you may want to check your stats as I’m pretty sure the Vikings won 2 games in 2009 alone against the Packers.

    Overall record is Pack 57 – Vikes 48 – 2 ties.
    Since AP (2007) it’s Pack 12 – Vikes 4 – 1 tie.

  67. The first type is like any other stock. It denotes ownership, can be traded, earns profits, and comes with voting rights. It ensures that our team can never move and we will never be extorted by greedy owners like the Wilfs.

    The second type is the souvenir stock. Everybody on Earth (other than misinformed Viking fans) knows that this is simply a souvenir. What it does, is pays for stadium upgrades and renovations. This way, only those that want to contribute do. Those taxpayers that do not wish to pay for stadium renovations and upgrades are not forced to. This is why Lambeau is the third largest stadium in the NFL and is consistently ranked as THE best sports venue in the country.
    —————————————-

    Not really true. All Packers stock has voting rights. And all of that stock is the same.

  68. “This makes absolutely no sense. It’s just the opposite. If they thought they weren’t close to winning they would have traded him.”
    ————-
    Yet ironically, many Vikings reporters were saying that it was likely Peterson’s last year with the Vikings in 2014 because his salary was way too high for a RB in the last 3 years of his deal.

  69. Minnesota Vikings Owner By Proxy says:
    Jun 2, 2015 11:01 AM

    The Vikings have only won 5 games against the Packers since Peterson was drafted. Nobody Packer fan is concerned with him. Especially since even his biggest days running the ball rarely result in wins.

    There has been only 1 big day running the ball by Peterson that resulted in one of the only 5 wins against the Packers. The rest were losses.
    ———————————-
    It’s actually 4 wins and 1 tie.

    The Packers are still the team to beat in the NFCN. The difference now is the Vikings have done well against the Packers when they have a decent QB. They truly haven’t had that since AP was drafted other than the year Favre was there. It remains to be seen how good Bridgewater will be but if he does end up being a decent QB, the Vikes won’t have to rely on AP shouldering them and their offense will be more balanced. That may give the Packers a run for their money (maybe). For right now however, the Packers are still the class of the NFCN. Yes, I’m a Vikings fan.

  70. The Vikings were steadfast all year! I don’t know where Packer fans get anything else with Peterson.
    One thing is for sure the Packers have owned the Vikings the last 6 years, another fact is, the Vikings team this year will be much better than any time in the last 6 years. It took the Packers until the last few seconds of the 2nd game last time we met to hang on for the win. Minnesota out played them the second half, This year Minnesota takes both games.
    AND the NFC North.
    Power rankings mean nothing and when the Vikings have surged in the past it was exactly like this, They have spent the last 4 years rebuilding the team from the ground up through the draft.
    I feel more confident in the 2015-16 team than at any time in the last 10 years!
    It really depends on the O line and Teddy Bridgewater, People forget he was the #1 over all pick in most analysts boards until he had one bad day. I doubt if he will be as good as Rodgers, he doesn’t have to be, but neither is Wilson, and the Seahawks OWN the Packers. I honestly think Packer fans are more afraid of the Vikings. The Vikings have had a lot better drafts for at least the last 3 years .

  71. Odds of AP breaking his “holdout” and returning to OTAs was about the same as Pack’s odds at winning another NFC Championship this year.

    SKOL

  72. Minnesota Vikings, the Future is here!
    2015 and on..
    One thing is for sure, and every body HAS to agree,
    the NFC North has certainly become more competitive.

  73. Only in Minnesota does a fan base show more contempt for a player demanding guaranteed money instead of a father who whipped a 4yr drawing blood. Where did it go wrong for many of you?

  74. His new agent finally realized he won’t get anything if AP sits out all season to try to prove some point (which has no basis, since his problems are all self inflicted). Plus, don’t believe for a minute that the $250K for showing up doesn’t play into this.

  75. oh, wow. you’ve dominated teams lead by ponder and tarvaris jackson. thats impressive. like beating a paraplegic in a foot race. good for you!

    packer fans cant accept that their easy division crowns are quickly coming to an end and that they had a nice 3-4 year window when they accomplished ZERO. losses vs nyg, 49ers, 49ers, seattle.

    you know why they haven’t established a dynasty since the refs helped them into the playoffs in ’10 by taking away a visante schiancoe touchdown: Ted Thompson.

    scott tolzien: 1-4-1. just remember that.

  76. How about you remember 10-1-1 and then go lay down by your dish?

    Just when a couple of sensible Viking fans show up and post some solid analysis, the delusional ones come along and drown them out.

  77. “scott tolzien: 1-4-1. just remember that.”

    First of all Tolzien wasn’t even in training camp that year and came in the beginning of the season.

    Not to mention (like usual) as a Vikings fan you can’t even get his record right.

    Scott Tolzien started only 2 games for the Packers. It amazes me how ever day there is yet another Vikings fan just making up stats without even caring if they are close to accurate.

  78. Nearly every Viking fan that wanted to see AP go will now stand up and cheer for the child abuser once he hits the field.

    It’s all about winning.

  79. So we’re talking about the record the Packers have against the Vikings for the 5 years or so? What do the last 5 years have to do with anything? I’m confused.

  80. When Zimmer speaks, AD listens …… No he just wants this money and all the banks other than the one located in Eden Prarie is closed!!

  81. tokyoquiltmaster says:
    Jun 2, 2015 2:27 PM

    So we’re talking about the record the Packers have against the Vikings for the 5 years or so? What do the last 5 years have to do with anything? I’m confused.
    ==================================
    It shouldn’t confuse you. People always talk about records, in both the recent and distant past. It’s really common. Especially when the season isn’t going on and there are no present comparisons to make. Are you new to PFT?

    And the record is 10-1-1 if you include the 2012 playoff game.

  82. tokyoquiltmaster says:
    Jun 2, 2015 2:27 PM

    So we’re talking about the record the Packers have against the Vikings for the 5 years or so? What do the last 5 years have to do with anything? I’m confused.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I’m not surprised. Most Vikings fans that post here are confused. Apparently you more than most, though, if you can’t make the very simple correlation between the recent past and the immediate future. Have you perhaps suffered a recent head injury?

    Pretty much everyone in the world that knows anything about professional American football predicts the Packers to win the division yet again. Why do you think that is? Do you think they just pulled that prediction out of a hat?

    Confused? Yes, yes you are. Severely.

  83. This thread has to do with Adrian Peterson… So it would make more sense to reffer to the record the Packers have since Adrian has played… But yeah let’s just go back to 2010, you know, the year after the Vikings swept the Pack. How convenient.

  84. And since it was his own fault that he missed last year, you can actually say that since the Vikings drafted Adrian Peterson, they are 4-12-1 vs. the Packers.

    I’d say it’s convenient for the Packers that the Vikings drafted Adrian Peterson.

  85. minneanderthals says:Jun 2, 2015 2:59 PM

    And since it was his own fault that he missed last year, you can actually say that since the Vikings drafted Adrian Peterson, they are 4-12-1 vs. the Packers.

    I’d say it’s convenient for the Packers that the Vikings drafted Adrian Peterson.

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    Are we considering minus the two years of Brett’s services the Vikings had Tarvaris Jackson and Christian Ponder taking the majority of the snaps for the Vikings during that span?

  86. cakesw says:Jun 2, 2015 8:43 AM

    I love the precedent…

    Beat your kids…

    Get in Trouble…

    Blame your Organization for not supporting you…

    Get a raise…

    I can’t Boo loud enough at the Vikings for this…they caved like a Card house in a Cat 5 Hurricane when they held all the leverage.

    The Karma train should come via Torn ACL 30 minutes into his first workout.
    __________________________
    what was his raise?

  87. “This thread has to do with Adrian Peterson… So it would make more sense to reffer to the record the Packers have since Adrian has played… But yeah let’s just go back to 2010, you know, the year after the Vikings swept the Pack. How convenient.”
    ————–

    Go back too far and you are talking about totally different teams and players. But fine. Maybe we can go back 10 years.

    Over the last 10 years the Vikings are 7-16-1 against the Packers. Feel better now?

  88. Green Bay is 10-4-1 against the Vikings with Peterson during his career. All better now?

  89. I love the “Well we had Jackson and Ponder at quarterback” excuses. Well guess what? YOUR front office drafted those guys, we certainly didn’t foist them on you. You know, that front office you keep saying is so much better than Ted Thompson.

    AND… the “confused” among you touted them each as the second coming of Johnny Unitas. They said the same things about Jackson and Ponder as they now say about Bridgewater. After Ponder’s first 5 games of the 2012 season, you people pounded your little chests and had Ponder Canton bound. We all know how that worked out for you.

    But go ahead and keep yapping… after all, you are the Off Season World Champions yet again. You only have so much time to yap before the season starts, the Vikings get humiliated, and you disappear.

  90. On a side note… Anyone else read that Brett Favre was visting the players at Winter Park last Friday?? I wonder if those in charge of retiring his green and gold number 4 liked that very much haha.

  91. tokyoquiltmaster says:
    Jun 2, 2015 3:36 PM
    On a side note… Anyone else read that Brett Favre was visting the players at Winter Park last Friday?? I wonder if those in charge of retiring his green and gold number 4 liked that very much haha.

    I’m sure he has friends in every clubhouse that he played for. He’s visited Green Bay twice already this year. Does that mean he l likes us twice as much?

    Probably.

    You keep losing.

  92. Excellent! I wonder if it reminded the purple and gold of that soul crushing pick he threw to end the only good season they’ve had in a long time.

    “Are you kidding me? This isn’t Detroit! This is the Super Bowl!”

    Bahahahahahaha!

  93. I know you Viking fans like to make excuses on why the Packer team and the Organization has been so successful over the years.
    You like to tell us that we shouldn’t bring up the Championships, before the Super Bowls era.
    We bought phony stock, which doesn’t mean anything (It really does)
    We got lucky… It was the ref’s. so on & so on…
    OK, thats fine. We can draw the line, and just go off this century, and determine what franchise has been more productive. Is that fair enough for you?
    Division Titles:
    GB – 8
    MN – 3
    Playoff Appearance:
    GB – 11
    MN – 5
    Playoff Record:
    GB – 9-10
    MN – 3-5
    Super Bowl Record:
    GB – 1-0
    MN – 0-0
    The record versus each other:
    GB – 22
    MN – 8
    Tie – 1

    I know that’s a lot to swallow, Viking fans.
    Take 1 or 2 of those years, we’ve pretty much have owned you for the past 15 years.

  94. Zimmer down.
    Hand well played, Misters Peterson & Agent.

    Adrian, after the legal wrangling gave him green-light to return to the NFL, would’ve walked into Mankato manor with a child discipline crime hanging heavy overhead. It’s still there, but off to the side as Peterson’s grand entrance on return and all the football talk that comes along with it taking center stage and dominating the dialogue.

    AP wanted to play in Dallas, and may still seek it, and may still yet, someday. And why not? Cowboys appear to be one “Running Man” short. Apparently, Jerry’s not into Super Bowls anymore, not for his club, anyway (AT&T) and would rather go without than take the chance he might get “the fuzzy end of the lollipop” this time (See; MIN ’89 (Walker)), apparently.

    But for now, back in business, in purple, with a new narrative that’s largely about football and his future in Minnesota that is looking better than it has since Favre hit the Minneapolis tarmac (’09), Adrian Peterson and the Vikes seems back on the road to recovery.

  95. @whatjusthappened—And my crystal ball shows Arrogant Aaron with a concussion, broken collarbone, and/or a major knee injury once Zimmer’s blitz defense runs him down, over and over and . . .

  96. if the vikings offensive line can hold up (and Khalil can somehow return to rookie form), they will be contenders for a playoff spot. Peterson, Loadholt, and Greenway are the only guys (I think) that are in their 30’s.

  97. Sometimes a guy has to realize that he is only part of the player he used to be. He realizes he will never be a winner, never get into Canton, but the vikings will pay him 13 million.

  98. I’m positive Peterson will be enshrined in Canton.
    He is one of the best running backs to ever play the game.
    Fools don’t fall far from the family tree. They inherit it somewhere! Some people have to prove the fact over and over again.
    I cant believe personal prejudice goes so far here.
    If he were on your team it would be different.

  99. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Jun 2, 2015 3:32 PM

    I love the “Well we had Jackson and Ponder at quarterback” excuses. Well guess what? YOUR front office drafted those guys, we certainly didn’t foist them on you. You know, that front office you keep saying is so much better than Ted Thompson.

    AND… the “confused” among you touted them each as the second coming of Johnny Unitas.
    ————–
    The “excuses” as you put it, are explanations to your posts that the Vikings are not any better with AP than without him. And absolutely nobody proclaimed Jackson or Ponder were going to be hall of fame QB’s. Nobody has said that about Teddy either. That’s just you and your ilk posting more lies.

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