Adrian Peterson knew the Vikings weren’t letting him go

AP

There was plenty of huffing and puffing in the offseason from people close to Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Ultimately, however, Peterson realized no one was going to be blowing down any houses.

“The reality, and just to be straightforward with you,” Peterson told Peter King of TheMMQB.com. “I knew I really wasn’t going anywhere. I am the type of person that likes to look at things from different views, so I put myself in the Vikings situation — the owners, the head coach.  We’re not gonna let you go. I revert back to the Percy Harvin situation. Me, if I was the owner of the Vikings, there’s no way I would have let him go. But unfortunately for us, he ended up leaving — but that’s the way I would have looked at it.”

With Harvin, the Vikings had a chance to secure a sizable haul of draft picks (including a first-rounder) and to remove a cancerous presence from the locker room. With Peterson, the trade offers weren’t there, and there were no lingering concerns about Peterson’s behavior, if they could get him to show up.

The Vikings were determined to get him to show up.

“I think Adrian felt a little bit abandoned at first,” coach Mike Zimmer told King. “But we felt we had to go play without him, and we didn’t have much choice in the matter, obviously. I made one mistake in the process. I said it’s a two-way street, and we want him to be here. People took it like, If he doesn’t want to be here, maybe we’d let him go. That was never the case. We never wavered in wanting him here. He’s done a lot for this city, for this state, for these fans.”

That “mistake” was made during a visit to PFT Live, and the reaction to the two-way street comment was logical. But Zimmer privately made it clear to Peterson that: (1) they wanted him; and (2) they’re not letting him go.

In a subsequent visit to PFT Live, Zimmer said that he had been in difficult employment situations in the past, but that he had a contract so he worked through it. For Peterson, that’s the way it ultimately worked out.

And now he has a better contract, along with a fresh determination (and financial incentive) to lead the Vikings deep into the postseason.

68 responses to “Adrian Peterson knew the Vikings weren’t letting him go

  1. Adrian Peterson is the best RB in the NFL…

    And maybe the best Running Back of all time.

    You see.

    This is a perfect fit.

    The best franchise in all of sports – Combined with the best athlete in sports.

    This is why the historic Minnesota Vikings are always successful.

    It’s in our Genes.

    It’s in our DNA

    Success is just normal.

    Get used to it.

  2. AD should learn the professional athletes code of acceptable cliches so he doesn’t consistently come off as an ignorant toad.

  3. I always thought the agent in this story made things worse for AP and the Vikings. Instead of doing his rehabilitation and making amends then moving on, AP’s camp suddenly attacked the Vikings, alienating many fans who were willing to forgive and move on. I thing the agent Dogra really made everything worse. And I bet he still got paid.

  4. Why do I think that investing that much of their salary cap in one player, who has already been shown to be too full of himself, is not a very wise idea? If Bridgewater is as good as they say he is, they are wasting his rookie contract years by giving QB money to a guy who will, maybe, get 125 yards a game? Certainly no more than that. Of course, if Bridgewater is another bust, they will really need those yards to stay out of the cellar.

  5. Talk about revisionist history? There are huge differences between Percy Harvin and Peterson but the main one was the cap hit. That’s what makes NFL trades relatively rare compared to other major sports, the trading partner must not only give up something in return but also fit the player’s contract into their cap situation.

    Lets face reality folks, the Vikings tried long and hard to dump Peterson and the other 31 teams look at the $15 million hit on the cap and said no thanks. In a passing league, only the Vikings are willing to pay that much for a RB. A RB over 30, a RB convicted of child abuse.

  6. Cabbagepatch kid: When did Adrian Peterson test positive for pot? I want the date and time. If you don’t have a date and time, quit spewing your nonsense on this board!

  7. I wish AD would just shut his yapper. The more he tries to talk, the dumber he sounds. I’m so disappointed that our front office was dumb enough to give him an upgrade to his contract using the horrific beating of his child and suspension last year as leverage.

    Usually in a situation like this the team has all of the leverage. Spielman and the Wilf’s got clowned by Peterson’s own clown of an agent….as sad as that is.

  8. “If Bridgewater is as good as they say he is, they are wasting his rookie contract years by giving QB money to a guy who will, maybe, get 125 yards a game?”

    Maybe 125 yards a game? That’s 2,000 yards over a full season. Seems worth the money.

  9. When did Adrian Peterson test positive for pot? I want the date and time.
    ——————
    Some would say that an unsolicited admission of smoking pot is the same as testing positive. He was stupid enough to tell the drug tester for his probation that he smoked some weed. Fortunately for him it was already out of his system by the time he was tested.

  10. Of course, if Bridgewater is another bust, they will really need those yards to stay out of the cellar.
    —————–
    It’s pretty clear that he’s not a bust. But I will admit that we are vastly overrating him and his rookie season when it wasn’t even as good as Tim Tebow’s only full season as a starter.

  11. Skol Vikes says:
    Jul 27, 2015 3:23 PM

    When did Adrian Peterson test positive for pot? I want the date and time.
    ——————
    Some would say that an unsolicited admission of smoking pot is the same as testing positive. He was stupid enough to tell the drug tester for his probation that he smoked some weed. Fortunately for him it was already out of his system by the time he was tested.
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    The only info I have read in the past is that the court employee stated that AP said he “smoked a little weed”.

    Now, was AP joking? Yes, it would be a dumb joke. Was the court reporter just looking for attention from the press? Yes, that could actually happen. But nonetheless, I have heard nothing wherein he either tested positive for marijuana, or that he was even tested at all by the courts.

  12. Now, was AP joking? Yes, it would be a dumb joke. Was the court reporter just looking for attention from the press? Yes, that could actually happen.
    ——————

    First of all, it would be entirely too stupid to crack a joke in that scenario. He clearly smoked weed but enough time had passed so he didn’t pop on the test.

    Exactly how does an ANONYMOUS court staffer look for attention from the press?

  13. whatjusthapped says:
    Jul 27, 2015 3:12 PM
    Talk about revisionist history? There are huge differences between Percy Harvin and Peterson but the main one was the cap hit. That’s what makes NFL trades relatively rare compared to other major sports, the trading partner must not only give up something in return but also fit the player’s contract into their cap situation.

    Lets face reality folks, the Vikings tried long and hard to dump Peterson and the other 31 teams look at the $15 million hit on the cap and said no thanks. In a passing league, only the Vikings are willing to pay that much for a RB. A RB over 30, a RB convicted of child abuse.
    ………………
    When hes putting up his usual 200+ yds against your favorite “Swiss Cheese” defense, will you still be questioning it?

  14. So, what will be different this year, since AP came in the league they have beating the Packers twice, read it again twice, one on a last second field goal only to be promptly beating the following week. This is not an aberration but a trend and pattern my vikings fans..

  15. AP is a great RB. but he’s also a child abuser…. Opinions like some posted here, embarrass many of the Vikings fans- probably most of them.

  16. tokyogasblaster says:
    Jul 27, 2015 3:31 PM
    And the packers gently weep….

    ————————

    I’m not sure why the Packers would weep. Unlike the Vikings, they have actually won something in the last 40 years, largely because their front office is smart enough to figure out that you don’t tie up 15.4 mil in cap space on a runningback

  17. I never hope for an injury but I do hope he does nothing for the Vikings this year and they waste the 10 mill he’s getting. Only the Vikings and their dumb fans would treat a child abuser like this. And for those who think what he did was ok I hope you never have kids. As a father nothing pisses me off more than bad parents. I coach kids and every once in awhile I’ll see a kid that has a bad home life and it’s heartbreaking. This guy and everyone who enables him are losers.

  18. When hes putting up his usual 200+ yds against your favorite “Swiss Cheese” defense, will you still be questioning it?
    —————
    Ahem…..my fellow Vikings fan. AD has only put up 200+ yards against the Packers once…..AND WE LOST!

    I’d prefer fewer yards out of him if it would mean that we could finally beat them for a change.

  19. “…fresh determination (and financial incentive) to lead the Vikings deep into the postseason.”

    I’m sorry, what? The Vikings deep in the playoffs? I’m confused.

  20. The assistant DA, Ligon, set the marijuana usage admission aside as part of the plea agreement.

    The rich-guy “show me the money” defense for child abuse became a wrist-slap for Peterson.

    If it were any of us, we’d still be in jail. At the very least, he should not be playing football.

  21. dcapettini says:
    Jul 27, 2015 3:12 PM

    Why do I think that investing that much of their salary cap in one player, who has already been shown to be too full of himself, is not a very wise idea? If Bridgewater is as good as they say he is, they are wasting his rookie contract years by giving QB money to a guy who will, maybe, get 125 yards a game? Certainly no more than that. Of course, if Bridgewater is another bust, they will really need those yards to stay out of the cellar.
    ____________

    Please tell me who you would rather them pay during Teddy’s rookie contract years? If he gets 125 yards a game, as you say, he would be the MVP of the league.

  22. Skol Vikes says:
    Jul 27, 2015 3:39 PM

    And the packers gently weep….
    ————–

    Why? We have a grand total of 2 wins against them since we drafted him.
    _________

    Wow, for such a huge Vikes fan, you’d think you would know that they have four wins against the Packers since Peterson was drafted. Two of those wins came when they had an elite quarterback. That’s the difference between this year and other years. They have a quarterback who is going to put them over the top.

  23. And for those who think what he did was ok I hope you never have kids.
    ——
    There’s a difference between giving him a second chance and saying what he did was “ok”. Even if you can’t figure out the difference, society and the court system can.

  24. And the delusional Vikings fans thought management was in control, he a child abuser was toying with them whole time. Nobody had the stones to stand up to him instead they reward him his demands of guaranteed money. What a pathetic franchise both on and off the field.

  25. I’m not sure why the Packers would weep. Unlike the Vikings, they have actually won something in the last 40 years, largely because their front office is smart enough to figure out that you don’t tie up 15.4 mil in cap space on a runningback
    ——
    The Vikings are spending much less on their QB + RB than Green Bay is. So what’s the difference? Now, pay attention…each team is using their salary cap on their best player. Neither team is wrong.

  26. AP is a great RB. but he’s also a child abuser…. Opinions like some posted here, embarrass many of the Vikings fans- probably most of them.
    —-
    Society and the courts give second chances to first time offenders. Even if said offender is famous and plays football.

  27. So, what will be different this year, since AP came in the league they have beating the Packers twice
    —–
    Instead of educating you on the entire roster, I’ll keep this short.

    NO Christian Ponder or Joe Webb at QB.

  28. First of all, it would be entirely too stupid to crack a joke in that scenario. He clearly smoked weed but enough time had passed so he didn’t pop on the test.
    —–
    Ok. Educate us on how it’s “clear”. Because that’s what you want to believe? Feel free to quote any press article or statement from somebody that’s in the know. Also, how do you know he was tested?

  29. Exactly how does an ANONYMOUS court staffer look for attention from the press?
    ——-
    The court staffer is asked by a reporter about AP. He then tells reporter; “well, I’m not allowed to comment on this, but if you’ll not say my name….”

    Then he goes to the bar and tells his friends that he was interviewed by the press.

    Far fetched? Not really. You see morons waving at the cameras trying to get on tv all the time. Court reporters job is boring. Now he feels like a big shot because he’s taking down a big time NFL player.

  30. AP is going to destroy the Packers…not once, but twice this year!!!

    SKOL
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    It won’t be the first time or second that he has gotten a ton yards against the Pack, but what matters is who won those games? I don’t need to tell anyone what his record is against the Pack. Great RB I hope he gets all the yards he can. Bottom line is that it comes down to wins and losses.

  31. They kept him for one reason and one reason only
    ziggy has a grandson that keeps acting up
    AP is going to have a chat with the kid

  32. The way the VIkings fans are running around thumping their chest you would have sworn their favorite team had atleast won a playoff game since Favre left the team….

  33. themeccalambeaufield says:

    And the delusional Vikings fans thought management was in control, he a child abuser was toying with them whole time. Nobody had the stones to stand up to him instead they reward him his demands of guaranteed money. What a pathetic franchise both on and off the field.
    **************************

    The “new” deal for Peterson that was recently done, involved a actual pay cut for AP in exchange for a few guarantees.

    There is even a clause in the contract that costs AP money if the Vikings don’t WIN a playoff game THIS season.

    “the 2016 roster bonus drops by $1 million if Peterson fails to rush for 1,550 yards or if the club fails to win a playoff game. (In other words, both must happen to preserve the salary.)”

    That’s a MILLION dollar bet by Peterson that he can produce at very high levels AND help lead the team to a playoff victory.

    Does Rodgers have clauses in his contract that CUT his pay when he chokes in the playoffs and fails to hit his personal numbers?

    No, AR has his money guaranteed regardless of how well he or the team does.

  34. He filled his kids mouth with leaves so no one would hear his screams then he beat him with a tree branch to the point that he still had wounds a10 days later. A 4 year old. I’m sorry but this is not a man. This is a predator

  35. Packers trolls are the worst. God bless them for trying to be funny, but they are pathetic as it gets. Any moron over 16 years old that still trolls this hard is a failure at life and their parents failed at raising smart children.

  36. Karma would be Peterson suffering a career ending injury in training camp. I would laugh long and hard if that happened. If you beat a 4 tear old bloody and then think you are being unfairly judged, you have no business being a professional anything.

  37. AP tortured one or more of his children.
    Viking fans can sugarcoat it anyway they want to.

    And then they welcomed him back with cheers and open arms.
    Even defending him.
    This has become a truly sick society.

  38. Peterson can have his 200 yards per game against the Packers and I’ll take the Packers’ 9-1-1 record against the Vikings this decade.

  39. To the guy above:
    You are no difference than AP, if you wished for bad things to happen to some him. You’re just another selfish garbage, who thinks you’re better, but you’re not. Look at yourself before you speak bc karma is what’s going to get you, wishing or wanting bad things happening to some one else. You can go to hell!!!

  40. Skol Vikes says:
    Jul 27, 2015 3:21 PM
    I wish AD would just shut his yapper. The more he tries to talk, the dumber he sounds. I’m so disappointed that our front office was dumb enough to give him an upgrade to his contract using the horrific beating of his child and suspension last year as leverage.

    Usually in a situation like this the team has all of the leverage. Spielman and the Wilf’s got clowned by Peterson’s own clown of an agent….as sad as that is.
    ——————————————————————————-
    You shut YOUR yapper Cheesehead, troll (posing as a Vikings fan). You have enough trouble worrying about how your pathetic defense will stop AP.

  41. So much anger and hatred, all of you need to re-evaluate where you discharge your energy. Way to many negative vibes on Viking’s posts.

  42. usdcoyotesfan says:

    Peterson can have his 200 yards per game against the Packers and I’ll take the Packers’ 9-1-1 record against the Vikings this decade.
    *********************************

    Yeah, you don’t want to count the 2009 season (just 6 seasons ago) where AP helped the Vikings sweep the Packers…. 🙂

    That night game in Lambeau was hilarious. The majority of the Green and Gold drunken fools booing one of the best QB’s to ever don that uniform – only to watch him surgically pick the Packer D apart.

  43. usdcoyotesfan says:
    Jul 27, 2015 8:03 PM

    Peterson can have his 200 yards per game against the Packers and I’ll take the Packers’ 9-1-1 record against the Vikings this decade.

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

    I bet you would. Your team was swept in 2009. Your figures don’t add up.

  44. These packer trolls are out of order today. You would think they won that Seattle game instead of the epic choke job they served up. Did Clay get off the sideline to get on the plane after the game? 6 tackles in a OT game wow, I can see why packer fans brag about him .

  45. AP tortured one or more of his children.
    Viking fans can sugarcoat it anyway they want to.
    —–
    Posting lies doesn’t make them come true.

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