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Height/Weight: 6-1/217 | Birthdate: 3/21/1985 | Birthplace: Palestine, TX, USA | Team: Minnesota | College: Oklahoma | NFL Experience: 8 | Salary: /images/football/nfl/players/170x170/517568.png | Owned/Started%: 53/1 | Average Draft Position: 4.81

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Mike Zimmer: 'No plans' to trade Adrian Peterson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he expects running back Adrian Peterson to play for the team this year despite Peterson's agent saying recently his client wants out of Minnesota.

"I'm not going to speculate on what he wants or doesn't want. He's under contract for three more years with us and that's why you sign these contracts, and why you get these big bonuses," Zimmer said, per NFL.com. "We're planning on him being back. We have no plans to trade Adrian."

Peterson, 30, spent all but one game last season on the commissoner's exempt list due to his child abuse case. He reportedly is upset the Vikings didn't do enough to get him back on the field.


Vikings' Mike Zimmer still wants Adrian Peterson back in 2015


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Though Adrian Peterson's agent said it's in his client's best interest to leave Minnesota, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is still looking forward to the running back's return in 2015. 

"Really, we are just looking forward to getting him back and getting back with his teammates and playing for us," Zimmer said on PFT Live. "I can’t speculate on what other people say. All I know is how I feel and where we feel as an organization.”

Zimmer is confident and hopeful that at the end of the day the two sides can come to an understanding resulting in Peterson staying in Minnesota. Peterson's camp has been lobbying for a trade. 

“One of the things that everybody in the world remembers is Adrian Peterson as a Minnesota Viking," Zimmer said. "When he gets a chance to get into the Hall of Fame, when he gets to go in there, he’s going to want to go in with how everyone represented him and remembered him.  I just feel that’s how it’s going to work out.”


Adrian Peterson's agent: We want out of Minnesota


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson made a splash Monday without saying a word. Instead, his agent, Ben Dogra, made it clear what Peterson is looking for.

"We want out of Minnesota," Dogra said to USA Today Monday.

Peterson has been rumored to want a fresh start with a new team for weeks, but this is the first time a comment has been made publicly. 

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman. however, doesn't think that will be happening any time soon.

"Adrian's a member of our football team," Spielman said. "He's under contract with us. We are focused on the 2015 season and expect Adrian to be a part of that. Our whole focus is getting ready for that season with Adrian."

Peterson was suspended for 15 games in 2014 as a result of a child abuse case.


Vikings expect RB Adrian Peterson back in 2015


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Vikings general manager Rick Spielman told reporters that the team expects running back Adrian Peterson to be a part of the team in 2015, according to USA Today

Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, went as far as to say this, "We want out of Minnesota."

The 30-year-old is still under contract with the Vikings. Over his career with the team, he has rushed for 10,190 yards and 86 touchdowns.


Report: Adrian Peterson's agent declines meeting with Vikings


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) The Vikings want to keep Adrian Peterson in Minnesota. Peterson and his camp want out. That's been established for a while. It doesn't appear there's much of a chance for the two sides to find common ground either. 

According to a report from Yahoo! Sports, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman requested to meet with Peterson's agent Ben Dogra for dinner at the upcoming owners meetings. Dogra, however, declined to do so. 

Peterson's camp, per the report, would like the running back to be traded or offered more guaranteed money with the Vikings. With his workout bonus included, Peterson is expected to earn $13 million in 2015. 

Peterson is under contract through 2017. The Cardinals are reportedly open to trading a second-rounder to the Vikings for Peterson, and would consider working out a new contract. 


Vikings' Jerick McKinnon: I want to be the starter if AP is not here


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon the St. Paul Pioneer Press earlier this week that he wants to be the top back if Adrian Peterson is not back in Minnesota for the 2015 season.

"If A.P. comes back, there's no doubt he's going to be the starter," McKinnon said. "But it's not going to change my mind-set or how I approach things or how I work. Whatever they do, my mind-set is to come in and be that guy next year.

"There's no doubt in my mind I can last the season," McKinnon said. "If that's something I have to prove, that's not a big deal for me. I'll prove it this year. I'm just really excited to get back out there with my teammates and coaches and show how far I've come since surgery."

McKinnon, 22, underwent back surgery in early December that cut his rookie season short. In 2014, he rushed for 538 yards on 113 attempts through 11 games.


Vikings tell RB Adrian Peterson he won't be released


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Vikings general manager Rick Spielman told running back Adrian Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, that the team won't release him, according to USA Today

Dogra wrote in a text, "It was important for me to relay the position the Vikings are taking to Adrian. I want to make sure there is absolutely no confusion whatsoever."

Peterson was placed on the commissioner's exempt list last season after being charged with injuring a child. He pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of misdemeanor reckless assault.

For his career the 29-year-old has carried the ball 2,054 times for 10,190 yards and 86 touchdowns. 


Report: 'No way' Cardinals trade for Adrian Peterson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) In light of speculation the Cardinals could be interested in Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, a source told SI's Peter King that money "would be a major problem." Peterson, who turns 30 on Saturday, has three years and $45 million left on his contract.

“We haven’t had contact with the Vikings about it, to the best of my knowledge,” the Cardinals source said. “And there is no way we could live with those numbers. We just got Larry Fitzgerald’s contract under control. No way we’d add that salary.”

King notes that Arizona, which has the 23rd and 55th overall picks, loves the running backs available in the draft.

Peterson's father recently told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that his son has not yet asked for a trade, despite Peterson's contention the team did not do enough to get him back on the field last year.


Report: Adrian Peterson does not have another meeting with Vikings


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Contrary to what Nelson Peterson, Adrian Peterson's father, told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings don't have another meeting scheduled with Peterson this week, reports Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports on Friday.

Peterson met with owners Zygi and Mark Wilf on Monday, and his father told the paper that "nothing was resolved" in the meeting.

Peterson only played in one game during the 2014 season, and spent much of the season on the exempt list while the child abuse case in which he was involved took its course in court. Peterson's father said that his son has yet to ask for a trade, despite acknowledging that the organization did not do enough to get him back on the field last year.

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Adrian Peterson's father: Vikings will meet with him again this week


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Adrian Peterson's father, Nelson Peterson, told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Thursday that his son, who met with Vikings representatives on Monday, will meet with the Vikings again later this week.

"They will meet again," Peterson said. "I'm not going to say who's going to be at the meeting. I can't comment on that."

Peterson only played in one game during the 2014 season, and spent much of the season on the exempt list while the child abuse case in which he was involved took its course in court. Peterson's father said that his son has yet to ask for a trade, despite acknowledging that the organization did not do enough to get him back on the field last year.

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Adrian Peterson's dad: Vikings are trying to increase his trade value


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Adrian Peterson's father, Nelson Peterson, told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he thinks the Vikings are trying to increase his trade value by publicly saying they want the running back to return to Minnesota in 2015.

"They can increase his worth by saying, 'Hey, we want him back,'" Nelson Peterson said. "That's part of negotiations. Even if you don't want a player, you're telling the public, you're going to tell everybody else that you want him back because therefore you can increase his value in case you try to trade him or whatever. You can get more for him in that way. You never know what's going to happen now."

This is not the first time Peterson's father has talked about his son's future. Just last week, he told the Pioneer Press that If Peterson were to be traded by the Vikings this offseason, he may land with the Colts, Cardinals or Cowboys.

"I've heard rumors, Arizona," Nelson said in a phone interview on Feb. 27. "I've also heard the rumors of Indianapolis and the Colts, going there with a quarterback the caliber of (Andrew) Luck. I've also heard the Cowboys, coming back home with the Cowboys, behind that offensive line that they have."

Vikings officials flew to Houston to meet with the running back on Wednesday, as his future remains uncertain. Peterson only played in one game during the 2014 season. Following a child abuse allegation, Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault on his son.

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Adrian Peterson pleased with Vikings meeting, still has concerns


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was appreciative of the Vikings front office's visit on Wednesday, he said in a statement to ESPN's Josina Anderson

However, Peterson also alluded to some issues that needed to be hashed out between both parties. 

"I appreciate [general manager] Rick [Spielman] and Coach [Mike] Zimmer coming down to see me today," Peterson said. "We had a great dialogue and they were able to understand where I was coming from and concerns my family and I still have. We respect each other and hopefully the situation can pan out so that everyone involved is content."

Peterson was moved back to the Commissioner's Exempt list after U.S. District Judge David Doty ruled an NFL arbitrator should not have upheld a suspension that would last until April 15. The NFL has appealed this ruling.

With Peterson on the Commissioner's Exempt list, the Vikings are able to have communication with him. 

The Vikings have publicly expressed a desire to have Peterson back in 2015. Peterson has had reservations about wanting to return to Minnesota. 

Peterson only played in one game during the 2014 season. Following a child abuse allegation, Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault on his son. 


Vikings officials meeting with Adrian Peterson on Wednesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Vikings officials flew to Houston to meet with running back Adrian Peterson on Wednesday, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Coach Mike Zimmer was among the contingent.

Peterson's suspension, which was supposed to run until at least April 15, was deemed flawed by Judge David Doty and sent back to the league. The NFL put Peterson on the exempt list and appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

“We are able to have communication now with Adrian,” general manager Rick Spielman said Monday. “We’ll keep all those communications internal. I don’t want to give you guys a blow-by-blow [account] every day. I think it’s been very clearly stated that we want to have Adrian Peterson back. There’s no question about the talent. He’s a unique talent and he’s under contract with us next year.”

Peterson said recently he was feeling "uneasy" about returning to the Vikings.

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Vikings have had 'open dialogue' with Adrian Peterson


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said Monday that the team has had "open dialogue" with running back Adrian Peterson since the NFL tabled his suspension and returned him to the special exempt list Thursday, the New York Times reports.

The Vikings were not allowed to have direct contract with Peterson while he was suspended, but U.S. District Judge David Doty overruled the arbitrator who denied his appeal, allowing the lines of communication to re-open between the player and team. Peterson spent much of the 2014 season on the exempt list while the child abuse case in which he was involved took its course in court.


Vikings RB Adrian Peterson releases statement on court decision


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson released a statement Friday regarding Judge David Doty's decision to overturn arbitration decision to uphold his suspension, according to ProFootballTalk.com.

"I was pleased to learn about Judge Doty's decision.  It is a positive step in protecting players' rights and preserving due process for all players.  It also brings me one step closer to getting back on the football field and playing the sport I love.  As I prepare for my return to football, I am still focused on my family and continue to work to become a better father every day.  I want to express my gratitude for all of the support I have received from the fans, NFLPA, Jeffrey Kessler, and my agents Ben Dogra, Tracy Lartigue, and Mark Heligman from Relativity Sports."


Adrian Peterson's dad: I've heard 'rumors' of Colts, Cards, Cowboys


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) If Adrian Peterson were to be traded by the Vikings this offseason, his father, Nelson Peterson, may have an idea of his potential landing spots.

"I've heard rumors, Arizona," Nelson said in a phone interview with the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I've also heard the rumors of Indianapolis and the Colts, going there with a quarterback the caliber of (Andrew) Luck. I've also heard the Cowboys, coming back home with the Cowboys, behind that offensive line that they have.

"If a blockbuster deal opens and a team wants to gave them something they can't turn down, they're going to have to take a look at it," his father said.

Peterson ad been suspended by the NFL until April 15 and upheld by an arbitrator. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge David Doty overturned the arbitrator's decision, sending the case back down to go through the CBA. The NFL has removed the suspension, for now, while moving Peterson back to the Commissioner's Exempt list.

According to the report, the Vikings at this point aren't inclined to trade Peterson, though that may depend on his playing status for next season. The 30-year-old is set to make $12.75 million in 2015. Following Thursday's ruling, the team released the following statement:

"Adrian Peterson is an important member of the Minnesota Vikings, and our focus remains on welcoming him back when he is able to rejoin our organization."


Report: Vikings, Adrian Peterson can communicate with each other


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Now that Adrian Peterson has been moved back to the Commissioner's Exempt list, the Vikings can reach out and communicate with him, according to a report from Pro Football Talk

Peterson had been suspended by the NFL until April 15 and upheld by an arbitrator. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge David Doty overturned the arbitrator's decision, sending the case back down to go through the CBA. The NFL has removed the suspension, for now, while moving Peterson back to the Commissioner's Exempt list. 

The NFL announced in a statement that it is appealing Doty's ruling

Since the Vikings want Peterson to remain with them, they can now reach out and hold talks directly. While suspended by the NFL, the Vikings were unable to communicate with him. This is an interesting development because the Vikings have publicly stated they want him to stay in Minnesota. 

However, at least one report as indicated Peterson wants to leave and continue his NFL career elsewhere


NFL plans to appeal ruling on Vikings RB Adrian Peterson


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The NFL will appeal the Thursday ruling that reversed an arbitrator's decision on Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's suspension until April 15. 

U.S. District Judge David Doty ruled for the NFL to vacate the upheld suspension via arbitration, with the case going back to arbitrator Harold Henderson. Peterson pleaded no contest to reckless assault on his son, which originated with child abuse allegations. 

With the ruling, Peterson will revert back to the Commissioner's Exempt list.

The NFL released a statement on its desire to appeal the ruling. 

"Judge Doty's order did not contain any determinations concerning the fairness of the appeals process under the CBA, including the commissioner's longstanding authority to appoint a designee to act as hearin officer," the statement reads. "Even so, we believe strongly that Judge Doty's order is incorrect and fundamentally at odds with well-established legal precedent governing the district court's role in reviewing arbitration decisions. As a result, we have filed a notice of appeal to have the ruling reviewed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. In the interim, Adrian Peterson will be returned to the Commissioner Exempt List pending further proceedings by appeals officer Harold Henderson or a determination by the Eighth Circuit Court."

         


Peterson to be reinstated after judge overturns suspension


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) A judge has overturned Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's suspension and he can begin the reinstatement process, CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora confirmed. Before Peterson can be reinstated, the case will go back to the CBA process. 

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith released a statement voicing support for the decision. 

"This is a victory for the rule of law, due process and fairness. Our collective bargaining agreement has rules for implementation of the personal conduct policy and when those rules are violated, our union always stands up to protect our players' rights," Smith said. "This is yet another example why neutral arbitration is good for our players, good for the owners and good for our game."

Peterson has been suspended by the league and was suppose to be ineligible for reinstatement until April 15.

The NFL is expected to appeal the ruling, reports NFL.com.


Adrian Peterson's dad said son would be open to returning to Vikings


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Don't shut the door on Adrian Peterson leaving the Vikings just yet.

According to the Pioneer Press, Peterson's dad, Nelson Peterson, said the running back has not ruled out re-signing with Minnesota.

"He is open to returning to the Vikings," Nelson Peterson said. "He hasn't closed the door [and said], 'I won't play for the Vikings.' He hasn't demanded a trade."

However, things appear to be tense between the the Vikings and Peterson's representation. According to CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, Peterson's agent Ben Dogra and Vikings vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski engaged in a shouting match and had to be separated at a dinner in Indianapolis.

Peterson is still on the Commissioner's Exempt List as his legal situation with the NFL continues to play out. He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor reckless assault charge, which stemmed from child abuse allegations.

He only appeared in one game during the 2014 season.


Vikings executive engages in heated exchange with Peterson's agent


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) The relationship between Adrian Peterson and the Vikings appears to be nearing its end.

Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, had to be separated from a member of the Vikings front office after the two were involved in a verbal altercation, sources told CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

Peterson has been on the Commissioner's Exempt List while waiting for his legal situation to play out. He appeared in one game during the 2014 season before being suspended. 


Report: Adrian Peterson wants to play for Cowboys


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has expressed his desire to the Vikings to play for the Cowboys, a source told Bleacher Report.

While the Vikings are aware Peterson's wish to play for the Cowboys, they are reluctant to trade him to any team, particularly the Cowboys. Peterson would not become a free agent until 2018.


Adrian Peterson 'uneasy' about returning to the Vikings


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is "uneasy" about returning to the club in 2015, according to ESPN.

Peterson admitted that he was "still uneasy" about rejoining the team after some of the actions it took last season. The organization worked with the NFL to put Peterson on the commissioner's exempt list, which caused him to question how much support he actually had in Minnesota. Peterson referred to the situation as an "ambush." 

Peterson is still suspended by the league, and will not be eligible for reinstatement until April 15. During that time, he can not communicate with the club. He's been preparing to play in 2015, but isn't sure whether it will be in Minnesota. "It shows you can have all the loyalty toward someone and toward an organization, a fanbase, but when things really shift and it's you or the empire, they're gonna put you out on a leash," he said.

The 29-year-old has said that he wants to return to the Vikings during the offseason, but admitted that's more about being with his teammates, and less about being a member of the organization. "It don't come from the organization. I'm not in a good place when it comes to that."

"I know there are a lot of people in the organization who want me back," Peterson added. "But then again, I know the ones who don't."

Peterson played in just one game with the team last season before he was suspended. 


Mike Zimmer: Vikings not looking for running back in free agency


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Thursday that the team will not pursue a running back in free agency, Vikings.com reports.

"I’d much rather go through the draft and find players than go through free agents,” Zimmer said. “I think (free agents), if you don’t know him and haven’t coached him or somebody else hasn’t coached him, you don’t know somebody that has been around him that you really trust, I think you can make a lot of mistakes there."

Zimmer echoed other team officials in supporting the return of Adrian Peterson .

"I haven’t changed my support of Adrian since he got suspended," Zimmer said. "It’s still important for me that Adrian does all the things he’s supposed to do, as far as the, you know, things mandated by the league, but also him becoming a better person in that aspect. All the other things, in my opinion, he’s a pretty darn good person, and as I’ve said before, we all make mistakes. He made one, he’s admitted to it, and we go from there. I’m hopeful that he’s back with us and I think that people will realize and remember all the good things he’s done throughout his career and not just on the football field."

The Vikings would have a 1-2 punch of Peterson and Jerick McKinnon if the former returns to the team in 2015.


Vikings' Spielman: 'We expect Adrian Peterson to be part of our team'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Last week, Vikings owner and president Mark Wilf and chief operating officer Kevin Warren said they would welcome back embattled running back Adrian Peterson, who missed most of the 2014 season following an indictment on a felony charge of child abuse. He pleaded no contest in November to misdemeanor reckless assault.

On Wednesday, it was general manager Rick Spielman's turn to support Peterson returning to the roster in 2015. Peterson can’t apply for reinstatement until April 15. He was suspended for the final six games of the 2014 season after initially being put on the commissioner's exempt list in September.

“We expect Adrian Peterson to be part of our football team,’’ Spielman said, per the Pioneer Press. “I think our whole organization is on that same page (about wanting Peterson back). What team wouldn’t want an Adrian Peterson talent? He’s unique player that you don’t see come around too often and Adrian’s been a key part of our organization. He’s made a mistake. He’s doing everything and he’s got to follow through and rectify and do the things the NFL is requiring him to do.’’