Agent: Vikings not in A.P.’s best interest

The battle between the Vikings and Adrian Peterson’s contingent continued at the NFL owners meetings on Monday.

Adrian Peterson might not be at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix this week, but the star running back is certainly one of the hot topics.

Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, reignited interest in the topic of who will be Peterson’s employer in 2015 when he told reporters he didn’t believe the Minnesota Vikings were the best option for the running back that just turned 30 on Saturday.

“I don’t think it’s in Adrian’s best interest to play in Minnesota. Why would it be?” Dogra said, according to ESPN, at the NFL owners meetings.

Dogra recently said he was told the Vikings aren’t going to release Peterson. If both statements are true, then the only way for Peterson to play elsewhere in 2015 is via trade.

He remains under contract with the Vikings, something that general manager Rick Spielman continues to repeat when sidestepping direct questions about Peterson’s future in Minnesota. But Vikings brass also continues to say they want him back.

“He’s an important part of the Minnesota Vikings and we look forward to him being part of our team in 2015,” owner Mark Wilf told USA Today at the owners meetings.

That follows the unified front the Vikings have presented on Peterson since the end of the 2014 season, a season in which Peterson only played one game – the season opener – before legal issues stemming from child abuse charges in Texas caused him to miss the final 15 games, either while deactivated, suspended or on the commissioner’s exempt list.

Peterson wasn’t happy with what he perceived as a lack of support from the Vikings and others in Minnesota as he unsuccessfully fought to remain on the field while his legal battle was going on or shortly after it ended with a no contest plea to misdemeanor reckless assault in early December.

Since then, he told ESPN that he was “uneasy” about a return to the Vikings but hasn’t said much else publicly on the subject, but his agent continues to make plenty of poignant statements for him.

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