“I was pleased to learn of Judge Doty’s decision,” Peterson said of the ruling that granted the motion from the NFL Players Association to vacate the previously upheld suspension on appeal by NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson.
Peterson went on to thank those who he has felt have had his back during his long struggle on the Commissioner’s Exempt List to the suspended list back to the exempt list.
“It is a positive step in protecting players’ rights and preserving due process for all players,” Peterson said in the statement. “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, the NFLPA, (attorney) Jeffrey Kessler and my agents, Ben Dogra, Tracy Lartigue and Mark Heligman from Relativity Sports.”
Of the people he thanked, no one from the Vikings was not included – which could be a telling statement. It would seem natural that, if Peterson felt the Vikings had his back, they would have been included in the blanket list of thank you’s he handed out.
The relationship between the Vikings and Peterson has deteriorated significantly over the past week or so, ranging from a dust-up between Dogra and Vikings Executive Vice President of Football Operations Rob Brzezinski at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis to Peterson claiming to be “uneasy” about returning to Minnesota in an interview with ESPN.
The situation has gotten even muddier in recent days as it appears both the Vikings and Peterson are looking at potential exit strategies to end their relationship.
As if things couldn’t get much stranger in this situation, Peterson’s father Nelson has been granting interviews in recent days. In an interview with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Nelson Peterson said he’s been hearing rumors of potential landing spots for his son, including Arizona, Indianapolis and Dallas – all teams with Super Bowl aspirations and potentially all three being in need of a running back (if DeMarco Murray isn’t franchised).
The elder Peterson went on to say that if a blockbuster type of deal would materialize, the Vikings would have to take a look at it.
It’s unclear if quotes from a chatty parent hold any merit. Some would contend it’s a rather low-rent way of acquiring information – cold calling a parent about a situation he has little to no involvement in. But that’s the world we’re living in now in the never-ending, ever-changing Peterson saga.