Vikings have ‘open dialogue’ with Peterson

The Vikings are able to have open communication with Adrian Peterson, but GM Rick Spielman declined to get into details of those talks.

The Minnesota Vikings and Adrian Peterson are at least able to talk freely now that he is back on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, but Vikings general manager Rick Spielman declined to get into any specifics about those talks.

“I’ll say we’ve had open dialogue. I’ll just leave it at that. I’m not going to confirm or deny anything,” Spielman said. “We’re able to have open communication with Adrian Peterson and I’ll leave it at that.

“You can ask me all the Adrian Peterson questions you want. I can tell you that we are going to have and we have open communication with him and we’ll just leave all those discussions between us and Adrian.”

Peterson told ESPN recently that he was “uneasy” about a return to the Vikings after he feels they didn’t fully support him last season when his status with the league was in limbo. Peterson played in the season opener, was deactivated for the second game after he was indicted on child abuse charges, then went on the Commissioner’s Exempt List while his legal issues were ongoing. Eventually, Peterson pleaded no contest in December to misdemeanor charges of reckless assault, and the NFL responded by suspending him for six games and until “at least” April 15.

A ruling last week overturned his suspension, but the NFL is appealing that decision, too. The NFL placed him back on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, allowing communication with all the members of the Vikings organization, which wasn’t the case when he was on suspension.

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

Spielman declined to answer a question about whether there is a “rift” between Peterson and the Vikings.

  • Spielman reiterated that he doesn’t anticipate the Vikings to be aggressive at the start of free agency on March 10.

    “I think more likely we’ll just sit back unless something unique pops up. There’s some things that we’re still working through internally,” Spielman said. “I think today is the deadline for the tag, if I’m not mistaken. We’ve been pretty patient through free agency and we feel good about a lot of these young kids that we have on our roster that could potentially come up and fill some of the voids if we do lose some of our guys.”

    The Vikings have several of their own free agents to consider, but no starters that are pressing.

    “As you have dialogue with their agents – we had dialogue with all of their agents down at the combine – sometimes if there’s a deal to get done we’ll try to get it done. The other side, maybe if they want to see what’s on the open market – they are open for returning here, but they want to see what their value is on the open market, as well,” Spielman said.

    “There’s a lot that we have to get done this week, and then once free agency happens we’ll probably lay in the weeds a little bit and see what happens.”

  • The Vikings won’t use their franchise or transition tag, which are due Monday.

  • Spielman declined to discuss if linebacker Chad Greenway would be asked to take a pay cut. Greenway is scheduled to make $7 million in salary this year and carries an $8.8 million cap number.

    “I’m not going to get into any business side. Chad Greenway, I think everybody knows what type of player and person he is and we’d love to have Chad Greenway finish as a Minnesota Viking,” Spielman said.

    “He’s under contract. There’s no deadline. We’re under the cap, there’s no deadline.”

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