Adrian Peterson is finally giving up the ghost of more guaranteed money and returning to Vikings OTAs. The running back told multiple media outlets he’s headed back to Minnesota for practice.
Why? The love of the game.READ MORE: Officials Prepare For 2021 SEC Championship At Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta
“I’m returning because I want to. I’m a part of this football team and I owe it to the guys I play with and to our coaches,” Peterson said. “I was planning on coming in this week, and I’m looking forward to getting back on the field. It’s what I love to do.”
Not mentioned: if he misses OTAs it will cost him a $250,000 workout bonus and the Vikings aren’t giving him any more guaranteed money at this point. So get it while the getting is gettable.
“It’s time to move forward and put my energy and focus on preparing for the season,” Peterson told the Associates Press.
Peterson also told the AP there is “no love lost at all” for the Vikings.READ MORE: NFL Week 13 AFC East Preview: CBS Boston's Levan Reid Calls AFC East Title Fight A Battle Of 'Big Brother Vs Little Brother'
And he told ESPN he has no plans to concern himself with a new contract in 2015, although, yes, obviously he would like more guaranteed money in 2016 and 2017.
“I’ll leave those discussions to my agent, but any player wants to guarantee his future as much as possible,” Peterson said. “I’m focused on what I need to do on the field, what I need to do to prepare for the season.”
What does this mean for the Vikings? A few things.
Chip on His Shoulder: When AP talks about doing what he needs to do on the field, all I can think of his him plowing through some helpless defensive back trying to…MORE NEWS: SportsLine Week 13 AFC West Picks: 'Denver Designed Well To Stop What Kansas City Does,' Says Larry Hartstein