| Running Back, Minnesota Vikings
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|Draft: 2007 Round 1 (7)
Ht: 6’1” Wt: 217 DOB: 1985-03-21 Age: 29
|Judge rules in favor of Adrian Peterson -- Thu Feb 26 1:00 pm --|
Suspension overturned, eligible to be reinstated
|Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been reinstated after U.S. District Court Judge David Doty ruled Thursday in the NFL Players Association's lawsuit against the NFL on Peterson's behalf. As a result of the ruling, the Vikings might now be forced to make a decision on Peterson sooner rather than later. They can release or try to restructure his contract now, and also will be free to trade him once the league year begins March 10. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Peterson will count over $15 million against the Vikings cap and is set to earn $12.75 million in 2015. Rumors of bad blood between Peterson's agent and Vikings management over the last couple days have fueled speculation that Peterson has played his last game as a member of the Vikings. Peterson can now be cut, traded or perhaps remain with the team at a reduced cost. Stay tuned...
|Peterson working on reinstatement -- Tue Feb 10 10:30 am --|
Judge expected to rule on suspension in early March
|Adrian Peterson is working in Minnesota to maintain joint custody of his 4-year-old son and fulfill league commissioner Roger Goodell's conditions for reinstatement. U.S. District Judge David Doty is expected to decide by early March whether to uphold or overturn Goodell's suspension. Goodell said Peterson cannot apply for reinstatement until April 15. (TwinCities.com)|
FF Today's Take: Peterson has been attending counseling sessions and complying with other requirements in hopes of getting reinstated prior to the start on the league year on March 10th and before teams have spent the bulk of their free agent dollars. Peterson's contract with the Vikings includes $12.75 million for 2015 and even though Vikings management has stated they would like to keep the star running back, his status with the team remains unclear given the price tag and potential public relations impact.
|At least six teams possibly interested in AP -- Thu Jan 29 3:25 pm --|
Return to Minnesota up in the air
|If there were no legal issues, Adrian Peterson would be back in Minnesota. But now it is far less certain. The Vikings would like him back -- they've made that fairly clear -- but Peterson might not be entirely comfortable returning to Minnesota.
At least a half-dozen teams have done some background work on Peterson in the event he becomes available, per league sources. Both the Seahawks and Patriots have proved that running the football is key to winning championships. There will be a team, maybe even the Dallas Cowboys, that wants to make Peterson the centerpiece of its offensive attack next season. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Peterson has a $15.4 M cap number in 2015 and Minnesota may have seen enough from Jerick McKinnon that the Vikings might be willing to part with their aging 29-year-old back (30 in March). As Schefter suggests, Dallas would be a prime landing spot if the Cowboys do no re-sign DeMarco Murray - which is a distinct possibility. Along with Ndamukong Suh, expect Peterson's uncertain status to dominate the headlines in the coming weeks.
|Peterson's uncertainty could alter Vikings' draft -- Wed Jan 14 5:00 pm --|
Running back remains suspended
|With Adrian Peterson's future still up in the air after the running back's suspension was upheld in December, the Minnesota Vikings might need to consider other options at the position moving forward.
"I think a lot (of the offseason plan) will depend on Adrian's situation, but I also know initially, as I start putting a little bit of the draft stuff together, it's a pretty good running back class this year," general manager Rick Spielman said Wednesday.
FF Today's Take: The Vikings have little choice but look to add quality depth and competition in the backfield with Peterson's status still up in the air for next season. Currently suspended and carrying a $15.9 million price tag for 2015, Peterson could find himself cut by Minnesota if a resolution isn't reached this Spring.
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