Adrian Peterson was officially reinstated by the NFL in mid-April, ending a suspension that began in November. Well before he was able to come back to the only team he’s played for in his NFL career, there was much to sort out. Back in February, Peterson told ESPN that he felt uneasy about rejoining the Vikings because the running back felt that the team worked with the NFL to put him in commissioner’s exempt list limbo last September when details first surfaced about his child abuse charges.
When Peterson was cleared by the league to return to the Vikings, there was the running back citing issues with his contract and its insufficient amount of guaranteed money beyond 2015. For a while there was speculation that the Vikings would trade Peterson (the Cardinals and Cowboys were the teams most often mentioned) though no deal ever came to pass. Eventually, Minnesota officials put their foot in the ground and let it be known that either Peterson would be playing for them in 2015 or no one at all.
It seems the Vikings strategy was sound, as Peterson will be joining the team for its offseason practices immediately.
Filed to ESPN: #Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has informed me that he’s in Minnesota and that he’s planning to attend OTAs starting today.
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) June 2, 2015
Word is that there won’t even be further contract talks between Peterson and the team. He’s just showing up to play. So it seems for now that Adrian Peterson has come to the decision that it’s in the best interest to everybody that he resume his NFL career, whether or not he’s getting as much guaranteed money as he deserves.