Adrian Peterson’s sole focus for now is getting back

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The Sunday pregame shows featured plenty of chatter about: (1) the Vikings wanting running back Adrian Peterson to stay with the team; and (2) the Vikings undoubtedly not wanting to pay him $18 million in 2017.

So what does Peterson want? Per a source with knowledge of Peterson’s thinking, Peterson wants to get healthy and play, as soon as possible.

Two years ago, Peterson had concerns about returning to the Vikings after a 15-game paid-and-unpaid suspension following a prosecution for child abuse. The Vikings held firm, making it clear that they held his rights and intended to have him honor his contract.

In 2017, Peterson will have greater influence over his status, if/when the Vikings approach him about a reduction in his pay. If he refuses to cut his pay, the Vikings will have to cut him, if they don’t want to pay him $18 million.

Peterson likes playing for the Vikings. Whether he will accept a reduced package to stay will be influenced by plenty of factors. For now, his status beyond 2016 is simply not a consideration.

Peterson’s sole focus is to rehab his knee injury following surgery to repair a torn meniscus, and to play again this year. He can return as soon as Week Eleven, and he could find himself on the field with the best Vikings team of his 10-year tenure. Whether he plays, how well he plays, and how far the team goes will surely influence whether he ultimately takes the best deal the Vikings put on the table for 2017 and beyond — and whether he’ll look for something as good or better elsewhere.

Or maybe he’ll look for something not quite as good, if it gives him an opportunity to play with a team that could help Peterson cap his career with a Super Bowl appearance.

38 responses to “Adrian Peterson’s sole focus for now is getting back

  1. i want AD to retire a viking, but between his salary, the quality of his backups mckinnon and asiata, and the content of AD’s twitter feed over the weekend i wouldn’t shed a tear if he played his last game for the Vikes.

  2. It would be a nice Christmas present for us Packers fans if Peterson stays out until then. We don’t want to relinquish second place.

  3. IF the Vikings decide they want him back next year, he will take whatever money they offer him and like it. No way any other team would pay him any more than the Vikings will, and I doubt he would find another team with a better chance of winning the Super Bowl next year.

    Unless they have a “Super Bowl hangover” from this year, but perhaps it’s too soon to be that optimistic.

  4. AD needs to restructure his contract for next year. He still can be valuable but no team is paying a 32 year old running back that kind of money.

  5. The way the team is playing now, and the way it is being run, I believe that will make a huge difference for AP vs. his thinking from pre-2015.

    The bigger question is how the Vikings will navigate the choppy waters that include Bradford’s big second year of the contract, Teddy’s option year, and AP’s untenable 2017 numbers. There won’t be enough cash for all three…..

  6. ” if it gives him an opportunity to play with a team that could help Peterson cap his career with a Super Bowl appearance.”
    Is Florio trolling the Vikings or is it just reality that everyone knows a Vikings Super Bowl will simply never happen?

  7. Firecracker – if you’re asking, it means you haven’t seen the Ray Rice video.

    Part of the answer is that AP is still producing at a high level (2015), but the the biggest reason is “graphic, video evidence”.

  8. AP isn’t really a team player, but his talent is so good that of course he’d help if he can get back totally healthy this year.

    What is the world coming to when both the Cubs and Vikings look like they could win it all? How will both manage to do the usual this time? Maybe the world will end first?

  9. Because Rice savagely knocked out his fiancé with a sucker punch to the skull, lied about ever doing it and continued lying to the public and his team and would have got away with it until the video surfaced while Peterson went to court and admitted his wrong doing. They are both wrong but that’s why.

  10. mnvikes1961 says:
    Sep 26, 2016 12:23 PM
    How could there be anything better elsewhere?

    The Vikings will be in the Super Bowl 52 and have home field advantage.
    ////////////////////////:://///

    After reading all the posts from Viking fans I would’ve sworn the Vikings already won the SuperBowl……this year.

  11. trun0rth says:
    Sep 26, 2016 12:35 PM
    Firecracker – if you’re asking, it means you haven’t seen the Ray Rice video.

    Part of the answer is that AP is still producing at a high level (2015), but the the biggest reason is “graphic, video evidence”.
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    I saw it and I get what you’re saying. Its just unfortunate we have to see a video of AP abusing his kid to have the same level of ostracism. I shouldn’t have to see a video of someone killing someone vs not to impose the same punishment either way.

  12. There’s no question the Vikings team is dang good, with or without him. But, I didn’t see anything yesterday that would lead me to believe that they are BETTER without him. He will be a valuable asset if he can return later this year.

  13. They will offer him 10 million a year to keep him barely the highest paid back, but probably too much money…would be happier with around 5 million a year.

  14. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 26, 2016 1:00 PM
    Sorry Adrian, but they don’t want you. Maybe you and Teddy can go find another team together

    The Packers need a QB of the future and an upgrade over the nose tackle they have playing running back.

  15. The team will miss Peterson in fourth quarters when they are working the clock with the lead. I’m guessing he won’t want to take a pay cut so they will have to cut him. Sucks but business is business. If he’s back at the end of the season this year he should be fresh for a playoff run.

  16. allight59 says:
    Sep 26, 2016 1:50 PM

    wouldn’t it save a lot of time and unnecessary drama to have the Vikings play the Patriots for the Superbowl next week? #inevitable
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    Is that so you can play the Patriots without Tom Brady? You are already Super Bowl Champions! That’s how many consecutive off season Super Bowls now?

  17. AD is welcome back, his teammates are sore at him for taking the surgery choice that will keep him out 2X as long, (the other is riskier) I don’t blame him, he will have a life after football.
    If he wants to be a Viking he will run out of the shotgun and reduce his touches, he will also re-do his contract.
    If not, I wish you the best..
    from A Viking fan for life.

  18. h0metownzero says:
    Sep 26, 2016 12:17 PM
    HOF career and not a single playoff victory to show for it.
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    Not a single Playoff victory? Not saying it’s much but we did beat the Cowboys in 2009 to advance to the NFC Championship against the Saints where Favre literally through the game away.

  19. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 26, 2016 1:34 PM
    I love vike fans. They win 3 games and suddenly they’re invincible.
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    Packers fans – lose to the Vikings and they still believe they are better than us. Bless their little hearts.

  20. We can’t stand packer fans. Beat a bad defense and suddenly they’re invincible again!

    way to hold Stafford under 400 yds though, that’s an accomplishment! somehow. sorta.

  21. stellarperformance says: Sep 26, 2016 1:05 PM

    mnvikes1961 says:
    Sep 26, 2016 12:23 PM
    How could there be anything better elsewhere?

    The Vikings will be in the Super Bowl 52 and have home field advantage.
    ////////////////////////:://///

    After reading all the posts from Viking fans I would’ve sworn the Vikings already won the SuperBowl……this year.
    —————————
    Can’t discount it- they’re lookin’ good.

  22. Peterson is a 700HP corvette, unfortunately he’s driving in a snow store behind that oline. No point in paying someone 18 million to do that, stick with a dodge dart until they fix that first.

  23. Carl Gerbschmidt says:

    I love vike fans. They win 3 games and suddenly they’re invincible.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Well, considering that you, and others of your ilk, were “guaranteeing a Packer victory” in week 2 and then gave the Vikings no chance against Carolina – your prognostication skills aren’t very good.

    As a matter of fact – you don’t have any skills of any type…

    Fact is, in consecutive weeks, the Vikings have taken the last two NFL MVP’s and made them look like career backups.

    Cam had a 47 rating 266 yards while Rodgers had a 70 rating and only 213 yards.

    Of course, fumbles don’t count against a QB’s rating, which was a huge benefit to Mr. Rodgers…. 😀

  24. conormacleod says:
    Sep 26, 2016 1:17 PM

    There’s no question the Vikings team is dang good, with or without him. But, I didn’t see anything yesterday that would lead me to believe that they are BETTER without him. He will be a valuable asset if he can return later this year.
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    True. But watching McKinnon’s 2 pt. conversion I was wondering if Peterson would have made that quick little juke to get into the endzone. I have a feeling Adrian wouldn’t have made it back to the line of scrimmage. Maybe because that’s all we seen so far this year. Still want his treat in the backfield though.

  25. h0metownzero says:
    Sep 26, 2016 12:17 PM

    HOF career and not a single playoff victory to show for it.
    ))))))))))))))))

    Not true, he beat the Cowboys for a playoff win. He would have gone to the SB but he was fumbling in the NFC Championship game.

  26. Let’s all hope this is career-ending for him. This piece of human waste should be in prison for assaulting that innocent 4-year-old. Instead, he’s making millions playing in the NFL.

    Shame on the grand jury in Montgomery County, TX for letting him get away with what he admitted was child abuse. Shame on the NFL and the Vikings for welcoming him back with open arms. And shame on any Vikings fan (or any fan for that matter) who was/is excited to see him come back.

    As a huge Packers fan, I would immediately burn my Rodgers jersey if he was found/admitted guilty of domestic violence.

    Again, shame on all of you for brushing this off as if it isn’t a big deal.

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