Adrian Peterson RUMORS & NEWS

  • Adrian Peterson actually excited by No. 62 ranking by NFL Network, but says he’s still league’s best back

    Twin Cities "Adrian Peterson recently was named the 62nd-best player in the NFL. He actually was excited about it. NFL Network is doing its annual countdown of the top 100 players in the league, based upon voting by players. When Peterson recently was named No. 62, a drop from No. 4 the previous year, the..." June 29

  • Adrian Peterson leading teammates in summer workouts

    Pro Football Talk "Despite being suspended and unhappy for much of the offseason, running back Adrian Peterson has assumed a leadership role with the Vikings in recent weeks. With the team off until the start of training camp, Peterson has brought teammates including wide receiver Mike Wallace and running back..." June 28

  • Vikings' Adrian Peterson says NFL rushing records not out of reach

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Emmitt Smith's former Dallas backfield mate, Daryl Johnston, has said Adrian Peterson's abbreviated 2014 season likely cost him any chance of breaking Smith's NFL career rushing record. Not so fast, says Peterson. The Vikings' star running back long has had a goal of topping Smith. Despite..." June 15

  • Vikings to make Adrian Peterson's workload balanced "It was three seasons ago when Adrian Peterson single-handedly tugged the Vikings into the playoffs with an outrageous 2,097 yards on the ground. His 348 carries that year weren't even a career high, though, with Peterson averaging a whopping 290.4 totes per season before last autumn's lost..." June 13

  • Vikings don't expect Adrian Peterson to play exhibition games

    Sporting News "Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters Wednesday he doesn't expect running back Adrian Peterson to play in the preseason. It's not really anything new for Peterson, who hasn't had a preseason carry since 2011. But it is sort of a surprise, considering Peterson played in just one game last..." June 11

  • Zygi Wilf excited Adrian Peterson back with Vikings

    ESPN "Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said Wednesday he is excited to have running back Adrian Peterson back with the team, adding he has never felt more optimistic about the state of the franchise since his family bought the team in 2005. Sitting in a patio chair at the Vikings Children's Fund..." June 10

  • Even with Adrian Peterson back,Teddy Bridgewater says it’s too early to talk about Vikings being a contender

    Twin Cities "Now that Adrian Peterson is back, there’s plenty of hype about how good the Vikings could be. With the star running back returning after missing 15 games last season because of a child-abuse incident and joining quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, wide receiver Mike Wallace and others on offense,..." June 03

  • Adrian Peterson returns, vows commitment to Vikings

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Adrian Peterson’s standoff with the Vikings seemed as if it might stretch into training camp after his Twitter rant last week decrying the NFL’s lack of guaranteed contracts. But Peterson surprisingly decided Monday to rejoin his teammates after conversations over the weekend, specifically with..." June 03

  • Adrian Peterson mulled retirement, considered track during time off

    CBS Sports "For the first time in over nine months, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was at the team's practice facility on Tuesday in a return that almost didn't happen. During a 25-minute press conference, Peterson admitted that he actually considered retirement during his lengthy time off. "I'm..." June 02

  • Adrian Peterson reverses field, decides to go to Vikings OTAs

    Pro Football Talk "Maybe Adrian Peterson just wanted to see which way the wind was blowing, and it was moving north. Whatever the reason, the Vikings running back has now decided to report to Vikings OTAs, after a strange offseason that made it clear he wasn’t happy about the prospect. “I decided to come back..." June 02

  • Adrian Peterson goes on social media rant regarding contract

    Sportsnaut "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson probably doesn’t understand that “Tweeting through it” won’t accomplish many goals. The much maligned veteran went on a pretty absurd Twitter rant on Thursday, talking about everything from how NFL teams don’t honor contracts to how players are..." May 29

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    Ben Goessling @GoesslingESPN

    Mike Zimmer with as strong a statement as he's made on Peterson: "He's got two choices. He can play for us or not play."

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    Master Tesfatsion @MasterStrib

    Adrian Peterson's statement to @JosinaAnderson. It ends with "Go Vikings."

  • Mike Zimmer on Adrian Peterson: 'He can play for us or he can not play'

    The Score "Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is refusing to capitulate to Adrian Peterson's demands. Peterson is not attending organized team activities and reportedly demanded a trade, with the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals emerging as his preferred destinations. Zimmer was decidedly..." May 27

  • In Vikings-Peterson stare down, retirement card could come into play

    CBS Sports "Ben Dogra is nothing but persistent. The powerful agent, never shy about playing the role of antagonist if he deems it required, has been plenty content to take a heel turn in the ongoing saga of Adrian Peterson vs. the Minnesota Vikings. It would come as no surprise if he continues to push..." May 26

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    Jason Cole @JasonPhilCole

    Ominous text from agent Ben Dogra about #Vikings RB Adrian Peterson. "He is very very strong ... he's like Revis." Sounds like a holdout.

  • Source: Adrian Peterson still presses for trade from Vikings with decision to skip OTAs

    Yahoo! Sports "When Adrian Peterson skips this week's organized team activities for the Minnesota Vikings, he will attempt to send an unmistakable message to the franchise: He wants to be traded. That's what a source within the star running back's inner circle told Yahoo Sports on Sunday night. Despite..." May 25

  • Is Adrian Peterson leveraging himself out of the league?

    Sportsnaut "Reports surfaced on Sunday evening that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson wouldn’t be on hand for the team’s OTAs this week. That’s a sign of the 30-year-old running back playing hardball with the team. This all stems from Peterson feeling disrespected by the way the Vikings didn’t..." May 25

  • Adrian Peterson tells Mike Zimmer he's skipping Vikings' OTAs

    ESPN "The Minnesota Vikings will open their optional team practices this week without Adrian Peterson, a source confirmed to's Ben Goessling. The news was reported earlier Sunday by The Associated Press, which cited a source as saying the star running back told coach Mike Zimmer that he..." May 25

  • Zimmer: 'I think I do have an indication' of when Peterson will show

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "When Adrian Peterson will report to the Vikings remains an unknown, but Mike Zimmer thinks he has an idea of when he might see his star running back. The Vikings coach, however, wasn't willing to tip his hand. "I think I do have an indication," Zimmer told 1500 ESPN this week, adding he's not..." May 22

  • NFLPA files motion in Federal Court on Adrian Peterson "The NFL and NFLPA are at odds again, and it has nothing to do with Tom Brady's recent suspension. The players union announced Tuesday that they filed a motion in Federal Court related to Adrian Peterson. The NFLPA claims Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL have "deliberately ignored" the..." May 20

  • Zimmer doesn't anticipate issues with Peterson

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Members of the Minnesota media got an opportunity to watch tape with Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer today. What Zimmer said during that film session was off the record, but he did speak on the record afterward. So of course Adrian Peterson came up. Maybe it was the clips from the 2014 season..." May 14

  • Adrian Peterson’s agent changes tune, now wants more money from Vikings

    Sportress of Blogitude "Ben Dogra, the agent for Adrian Peterson, seemingly has accepted with the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft come and gone that his client will be a member of the Minnesota Vikings next season. And because of that reality setting in, Dogra has changed his tune, now suggesting that the team should..." May 03

  • Cris Carter suggests an Adrian Peterson trade is coming

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings continue to insist that Adrian Peterson will not be traded. Not everyone believes them. Cris Carter, the Hall of Fame former Vikings receiver who now works as an ESPN commentator, suggested today on Mike & Mike that he has been given inside information about a Peterson..." April 30

  • Adrian Peterson: Playing in Dallas 'would be nice' "The Minnesota Vikings have no intention of trading Adrian Peterson. The Dallas Cowboys have no intention of trading for a veteran. Those facts won't stop the running back from dreaming about one day playing in Dallas. While attending the Dallas Mavericks-Houston Rockets NBA Playoff game on..." April 29

  • Vikings GM: 'We have no interest in trading' Peterson "Vikings general manager Rick Spielman intends to keep Adrian Peterson on the roster and he's not leaving much room for interpretation. "We can just end the Adrian Peterson stuff," Spielman told reporters on Tuesday. "Our position has not changed. ... We have no interest in trading Adrian..." April 28

  • Reports: Adrian Peterson Trade Looking Less Likely

    Sportsnaut "NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday that the Minnesota Vikings are strongly set against trading running back Adrian Peterson, so much so that it would potentially take too much for another team to acquire him. Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson echoed this sentiment on Sunday, saying..." April 27

  • Who is really in play for potential Adrian Peterson trade?

    Yahoo! Sports "Rarely has a veteran player dominated an NFL draft run-up the way Adrian Peterson has. While this is the portion of the offseason typically overrun with pro days, propaganda and draft subterfuge, Peterson has remained the veteran question mark curling around the month of April. Who is in the..." April 27

  • Trading for Adrian Peterson is a risky proposition for any team

    SB Nation "Adrian Peterson will likely go down as the best running back of his generation and looks to be Hall of Fame bound after racking up more than 10,000 rushing yards and six trips to the Pro Bowl in his first seven NFL seasons. He already ranks 28th all-time in rushing yards and 14th in rushing..." April 22

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    Jon Machota @jonmachota

    Would Cowboys trade picks for a RB (Adrian Peterson)? Stephen Jones on 105.3: "I don't see us using any picks to trade for veteran players."

  • Six teams 'in the mix' for Vikings RB Adrian Peterson

    CBS Sports "It's not clear yet where Adrian Peterson will play in 2015, but we should know for sure by May 2. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings plan to hold onto Peterson if they can't find a trading partner by the end of the NFL Draft, which runs from April 30-May 2. "If he's not..." April 21

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    Michael DiRocco @ESPNdirocco

    Gus said he and GM David Caldwell have not had any talks about AP. Had brief conversation a while ago but nothing substantive.

  • Adrian Peterson skips Vikings' offseason workout program

    ESPN "Adrian Peterson did not attend the start of the Vikings' offseason workout program Monday, a league source told ESPN, although the star running back's absence at this stage of Minnesota's offseason has been almost a yearly occurrence. The Vikings had not been expecting Peterson to show up at..." April 20

  • Report: Vikings want first-round pick, starting CB for Adrian Peterson

    Larry Brown Sports "Now that Adrian Peterson has been reinstated by the NFL, it will be interesting to see if he is successful in his quest to force his way out of Minnesota. Given the terms of his current contract and the value the Vikings want in return, Peterson may be stuck. ESPN’s Adam Caplan reports that the..." April 20

  • Will Adrian Peterson show up for Vikings' workouts? "Offseason workouts for many teams are set to begin on Monday. Don't expect Adrian Peterson to take part in the Minnesota Vikings' activities. When Peterson was reinstated from the Commissioner's exempt list on Thursday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that while the running back..." April 19

  • Raiders in mix to land Adrian Peterson

    Bleacher Report "Adrian Peterson is back. OK. Now what? For the moment, let's not get into whether he should be back—whether a player should be back after he did this to a four-year-old child and showed only cockiness and arrogance, daring his team to release him, when he should have shown contrition. For..." April 18

  • Adrian Peterson reinstated effective Friday by NFL "Adrian Peterson is officially back in the NFL. The NFL announced Thursday that Peterson has been reinstated effective Friday as an active NFL player and may participate in all scheduled activities with the Vikings. Peterson was placed on the Exempt/Commissioner Permission List on September 17..." April 17

  • Vikings ought to let Adrian Peterson go to another team

    Denver Post "Adrian Peterson wants out of Minnesota. What began as speculation grew roots when his agent became engaged in a shouting match with Vikings representatives at the NFL combine. An uneasy relationship became exposed and crawls toward divorce. The Vikings continue to maintain that Peterson can..." April 16

  • Asked if he’ll show up to Vikings’ workouts, Peterson says, “We’ll see”

    Pro Football Talk "Adrian Peterson is remaining noncommittal about whether he will remain with the Vikings. Asked by ESPN today whether he will participate in any of the Vikings’ offseason workouts, Peterson said he doesn’t know. “We’ll see,” he said. “I haven’t even been reinstated yet.” Peterson was in..." April 13

  • Adrian Peterson ‘Highly Unlikely’ to Face Further Suspension

    Black Sports Online "With Adrian Peterson’s reinstatement meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell in the rear-view mirror, questions still remain regarding his future with the Vikings. One thing we do know is that Peterson is unlikely to face further sanctions from the league. Ian Rapoport told NFL Total Access on..." April 08

  • Source: Peterson takes issue with NFL-mandated counseling program

    Fox Sports "Adrian Peterson walked into the NFL offices in Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon, presumably prepared to speak about the lessons he's learned over the past year and about how he's changed the ways he disciplines his children. The question is whether that sentiment, along with court-appointed..." April 07

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will meet with @NFL this week to discuss reinstatement, source said. He’s eligible to be considered on April 15.

  • Report: Adrian Peterson’s “Dream Scenario” is the Cowboys

    Sportsnaut "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is set to meet with the NFL this week, and there’s a good chance he will be reinstated off the Commissioner’s Exempt List by April 15. Whenever Peterson is reinstated, the conversation will quickly turn to where he’s going to play in 2015. By now..." April 06

  • Adrian Peterson to meet with NFL about reinstatement "Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said at last month's NFL Annual Meeting that he was still awaiting clarity from the league before he could move forward with star running back Adrian Peterson. He will be getting his wish soon. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Peterson will meet with..." April 06

  • Does Romo restructure pave the way for Adrian Peterson?

    Larry Brown Sports "Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has agreed to restructure his contract to give the team more salary cap space, and already there has been speculation about Romo’s new deal freeing up room to acquire Adrian Peterson. Pro Football Talk reports that Romo’s restructure has created an..." April 02

  • Agent's Take: Everything you need to know about trading Adrian Peterson

    CBS Sports "The Minnesota Vikings and Adrian Peterson are currently at a stalemate. Peterson wants out of Minnesota while the Vikings have no plans to trade or release him at this time. Much of the 2012 NFL MVP's displeasure reportedly is with team executive Kevin Warren, who was promoted from general..." April 01

  • Zimmer, again: 'We have no plans to trade Adrian'

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Mike Zimmer, speaking at the NFL owners meetings this morning, reiterated the Vikings’ stance that they expect disgruntled running back Adrian Peterson to play for them this season. Zimmer also clarified a comment he made to Pro Football Talk earlier in the offseason, saying, “I never once said..." March 25

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    Around The NFL @AroundTheNFL

    Adrian Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, met with Vikings last night, per @RapSheet on NFL Total Access. No resolution.

  • Report: Cowboys Interested in Adrian Peterson

    Sportsnaut "The saga of one Adrian Peterson continues. Fresh off Peterson’s agent indicating publicly that it’s not in the best interest of his client to return to the Minnesota Vikings in 2015, comes this piece of information from ESPN’s Jane McManus indicating that the Dallas Cowboys are looking at Peterson..." March 24

  • Adrian Peterson Rode A Camel Into His Birthday Party

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "Filed under things you don't see everyday, Adrian Peterson apparently rode a camel into his 30th birthday party over the weekend. Peterson turned 30 on Saturday. On the field, he has a hill to climb against the history of NFL running backs who fall off that 'statistical cliff.' There is some..." March 23