Adrian Peterson’s agent has made it clear that his client wants out of Minnesota. His agent has said “it’s not in Adrian’s best interest to play in Minnesota.” Despite all of that, coaches have made it well known that they expect the running back with the team next season. Now his teammates are speaking out.
“We want him back. There is no doubt the players want him back,” Vikings center John Sullivan said in an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio. “He missed an entire season. He more than paid his dues with this whole thing. I respect him as a man. I don’t want to talk too much about it just because I don’t want to put too much conjecture out there but I just hope it works itself out and he comes back and joins us. We have open arms here waiting for him. We want to rush for the 2,500 yards that he talked about a couple of years ago.”
Head coach Mike Zimmer has said that he wants Peterson back, but there are still some hurdles that both sides need to jump over for this situation to work out.
For a team that almost made the playoffs last season — football wise — trading away Peterson, and giving into his demands, would not be a smart decision. With Peterson, the Vikings would have a really good shot at advancing far in the playoffs.
Ultimately, it’s Peterson’s prerogative to play or sit for Minnesota if the team doesn’t trade him. He’d lose value for himself if he decided to sit out, so it’s in his best interest to play. For Minnesota, keeping him on the roster is going to be a huge distraction, but a distraction with his talent is better than having another team acquire him.