Conlficting reports on Peterson's desires

As the Adrian Peterson saga continues to unfold as to whether the Vikings star will return to the team or potentially be cut or traded, media outlets delivered conflicting reports Sunday -- one saying that Peterson specifically wants to be traded to Dallas and others shooting down that notion.

Conflicting reports have surfaced Sunday regarding the future of Adrian Peterson, specifically dealing with his desire to play for the Dallas Cowboys.

The sports clearing house Bleacher Report ran a piece this morning in which reporter Jason Cole, reporting from the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, said that Peterson wants to get traded to Dallas and the Vikings are aware of that, citing an unnamed “high level NFL executive.” Cole went on to say that Vikings will not and do not want to trade Peterson, specifically not to the Cowboys.

That report got the conflict ball rolling, as both ESPN’s Josina Anderson and Pro Football Talk came out claiming that there have been no discussions between the Vikings and Peterson concerning his contract status, including that A.P. has not requested or demanded a trade to the Cowboys or anyone else.

The conflicting reports come at a time when rumors are trumping actual communication between Peterson, head coach Mike Zimmer, general manager Rick Spielman and the ownership group. Because Peterson remains on league-ordered suspension, he is prohibited from talking with Zimmer, Spielman and most of the Vikings front office. There are limited people within the organization that Peterson is allowed to speak with, including Executive Director of Player Development Les Pico, but, if there are any discussions that are taking place, they would likely be done between the Vikings front office and Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra.

As can be expected, rumors at this time of year run rampant with reporters citing “team sources” as the source of information while others will shoot it down. Who is the unnamed source from the Bleacher Report story? It’s not being said, but it would seem clear that the story is not coming from the Vikings end, quite simply because those in the position of making such decisions concerning trading or releasing Peterson are currently prohibited to talking to him.

Peterson is scheduled to remain on league suspension until April 15, however the NFL Players Association filed a grievance on his behalf in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis before Judge David Doty. A ruling from the Feb. 6 hearing is expected within the next two weeks – judges typically have 30 days to render a verdict in such cases. If Peterson’s suspension is found to be unjust and it is overturned, the Vikings and Peterson can meet face to face to discuss his future. Until then, they can’t and the rumor mill will keep on churning without the principals in the case sitting down in a room together to turn speculation into fact.

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