Adrian Peterson may be running out of options outside of Minneesota.
The agent for the Minnesota Vikings’ star running back was told on Wednesday that the team won’t release him.
“It was important for me to relay the position the Vikings are taking to Adrian. I want to make sure there is absolutely no confusion whatsoever,” agent Ben Dogra said in a statement to FOX Sports after hearing from Vikings general manager Rick Spielman on Wednesday.
That means a trade is the only way out of Minnesota for Peterson, if indeed he does want out. Peterson told ESPN last month that he was still “uneasy” about a return to the Vikings, but indicated that he hasn’t asked for a trade.
In the last two weeks, however, Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer have flown to Houston to visit with Peterson, and Peterson has flown to New York to meet with owners Mark and Zygi Wilf to try to repair the relationship that was damaged by what Peterson viewed as a lack of support while he dealt with legal issues from September to December. He played in only the 2014 season opener before he faced child abuse charges in Texas for disciplining his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. He eventually pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge or reckless assault and was suspended for six games by the NFL.
Peterson has been rumored as a trade interest of several teams, including the Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, the Cardinals have reportedly said they aren’t interested in taking on Peterson’s contract, which calls for him to be paid $12.75 million in 2015. They have only $9.9 million in salary-cap room, according to figures by the NFL Players Association, and a few million of that will be needed to sign draft picks.
The Cowboys, after signing defensive end Greg Hardy to a contract that calls for him to make $11.3 million in 2015, are down to $4.9 million in cap space, according to the NFLPA figures.
Spielman and Zimmer have both expressed their support of Peterson’s return to the team, as have several teammates.
“The last time he touched the field, he was the best running back and, I believe, the best player in the league,” defensive tackle Tom Johnson told Sirius XM NFL Radio. “If we can get him back, that would be great. It would only make our offense that much better. I just hope (the Vikings) can make something happen with him.”
“I work out with the guy in Houston. I tell you, he’s one of the strongest guys pound for pound I’ve seen. You see him put 500 pounds on the squat and he does it like it’s nothing.”
Agent: Vikings won’t release Peterson
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