According to CBSSports.com, Ben Dogra, Peterson’s agent, Rob Brzezinski, the Vikings’ vice president of football operations and lead contract negotiator got into a heated argument last week in downtown Indianapolis. According to anonymous sources cited by CBS Sports, Dogra “made it clear that Peterson would never play there again.”
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However, Peterson spent almost three months on the Commissioner Exempt List before the NFL suspended him until “at least” April 15. Peterson has since appealed that decision in federal court and Judge David Doty is expected to rule on his appeal in the coming weeks.
According to CBS, former Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik separated Brzezinski and Dogra and diffused the “escalating tension.”
Peterson is due $12.75 million in salary in 2015 and has a salary-cap number of $15.4 million that includes the prorated portion of his signing bonus from a seven-year, $97.7 million contract that he signed in 2011, as well as a $250,000 workout bonus. He is easily the top-paid running back in the NFL.
While Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has declined to answer questions about whether the Vikings want to restructure Peterson’s contract, including during an interview with Vikings reporters last week, he and other members of the front office and coaching staff – including head coach Mike Zimmer and owner/president Mark Wilf – have stated on several different occasions that they want Peterson back with the Vikings.
“We expect Adrian Peterson to be a part of our football team,” Spielman said last Wednesday at the Combine after reiterating past statements on Peterson’s status while the Pro Bowl running back serves a six-game suspension handed down from the NFL in December.
“He’s a player that’s under contract with us and he’s under suspension,” Spielman said. “We can’t have formal communication with him. Some people in our building are allowed to. But I’m sure we’ll visit with his representatives.”