Adrian Peterson RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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

  • Adrian Peterson reportedly wants to play for another team

    Larry Brown Sports "Adrian Peterson wants to play for a new team, according to a report. ESPN’s Ben Goessling reported Friday that he has been told Peterson “wants to play elsewhere.” This should not at all come as a surprise. Peterson has said in public comments that he thought a fresh start might be best for..." March 23

  • Report: Vikings inform Adrian Peterson’s agent they will not cut him

    Pro Football Talk "While many things remain uncertain regarding the playing possibilities for Adrian Peterson next season, one potential option now appears to be firmly off the table. According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman informed Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, that they..." March 20

  • Peterson trade to Arizona could soon be negotiated in Arizona

    Pro Football Talk "If, as it appears, running back Adrian Peterson wants a fresh start and if, as is now obvious, the Vikings won’t release Peterson from the final three years of his contract, the options for Peterson are simple: (1) play for the Vikings; (2) play for no one; (3) hope for a trade. Within a week,..." March 19

  • Adrian Peterson to Cardinals? Lots of talk, no action

    Arizona Republic "The prospect of running back Adrian Peterson becoming a Cardinal has a lot in common with the new ceiling fan on my patio. I started talking about both a couple of weeks ago, yet neither one has moved in that time. Peterson is still a Viking. The ceiling fan is still in the box. Over the..." March 17

  • Is a Peterson-for-Fitzgerald trade still possible?

    Pro Football Talk "The revised contract given by the Cardinals to receiver Larry Fitzgerald contains a no-trade clause. Which means Fitzgerald won’t be traded. Unless he’s willing to be. In announcing the new deal at the Scouting Combine, the Cardinals were unequivocal in their position that Fitzgerald will..." March 16

  • Cowboys waiting on DeMarco Murray to sign to trade for Adrian Peterson?

    Larry Brown Sports "The Dallas Cowboys may end up losing DeMarco Murray over the next several days, but they reportedly have their sights set on Plan B if a deal can’t be reached. In fact, some believe Plan B may actually be Plan A at this point. Peter King of The Monday Morning Quarterback reports that Peterson..." March 11

  • Report: Adrian Peterson met with Vikings officials Monday

    The Score "With decisions to be made on his future in the NFL, running back Adrian Peterson continued discussions with members of the Minnesota Vikings' front office this week. Peterson reportedly traveled to New York on Monday, where he met with owners Zygi and Mark Wilf, as well as general manager Rick..." March 10

  • Vikings not saying much about Peterson meeting

    Pro Football Talk "After Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and G.M. Rick Spielman spent roughly four hours visiting with running back Adrian Peterson on Wednesday, Peterson initially said the meeting went well. He later offered a more detailed — and cryptic — explanation that fueled speculation he still wants out of..." March 05

  • Vikings, Adrian Peterson meet for more than 4 hours Wednesday

    The Score "The dialogue has started between the Minnesota Vikings and Adrian Peterson. Peterson said a meeting with head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman went well, and kept the discussions private, other than this short statement to ESPN. "I appreciate Rick (Spielman) and Coach..." March 05

  • Source: Vikings flying to meet with Peterson "Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman will fly to Texas on Wednesday to meet with Adrian Peterson at his home outside Houston, a league source told's Ben Goessling. Peterson's wife, Ashley, will also be in attendance for the meeting, in which Zimmer and Spielman will..." March 04

  • Sources: Amid open dialogue with Vikes, Adrian Peterson would consider deal restructuring to facilitate trade

    Yahoo! Sports "While Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson continues to have an open dialogue with the franchise about his future, he has pondered potential trade destinations and would consider a contract restructure if a deal becomes necessary, sources have told Yahoo Sports. Peterson's father,..." March 03

  • Let's pump the brakes on Adrian Peterson to Colts

    Indianapolis Star "It sounds like a splendid scenario if you're an Indianapolis Colts fan. Who wouldn't want Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson wearing a horseshoe on his helmet? He's one of the best running backs of his generation, the Colts have an anemic running game and Peterson would..." March 01

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    In important news, the @NFL is expected to appeal the Adrian Peterson ruling handed down by Judge Doty. Explanation coming online.

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    Chris Tomasson @christomasson

    If Vikings were to trade Adrian Peterson, his dad Nelson said he's heard "rumors" of possible teams being interested: Arizona, Indy, Dallas

  • Federal judge agrees with NFLPA, overturns Adrian Peterson's suspension

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "A federal judge has sided with Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson and the NFL Players Union in determining Thursday that the league’s arbitrator exceeded his authority by suspending the star running back. " February 26

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Minnesota's decision on Adrian Peterson now will not wait until his reinstatement April 15. Clock starts running now.

  • Adrian Peterson’s Agent Says “He’ll Never” Play For Vikings Again

    Larry Brown Sports "The relationship between Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings could be going south in a hurry, and an event that reportedly took place at the NFL Scouting Combine last week may have been proof of that. According to Jason La Canfora of, Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, got into a..." February 23

  • Vikings unlikely to be big spenders in NFL free agency

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings sound as if they aren’t going to be big spenders in free agency. Coach Mike Zimmer’s preference is to build a team through the draft. “When I was in Cincinnati and a lot of places, we would kind of go for the lower-end free agents and coach them up and hope they fit in our..." February 20

  • Peterson uneasy of Vikes return "While the Minnesota Vikings have tried to pave the way for Adrian Peterson's return to the team through numerous comments from top officials in the last week, the running back remains undecided about his future with the team. Peterson told ESPN on Thursday night he is "still uneasy" about the..." February 20

  • Vikings GM Spielman strongly supports Adrian Peterson's return

    USA Today "Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman offered the strongest statement yet on the future of Adrian Peterson, saying Wednesday morning he expects the banished star to be a part of the team. Spielman's remarks came days after Vikings owner/president Mark Wilf offered public support of..." February 18

  • Vikings want to keep Peterson

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Consider, too, that wide receiver Greg Jennings carries an $11 million cap number next season. Which one seems more egregious, his or Peterson’s? Jennings should be in line for a contract restructuring this offseason. The organization is not allowed to have contact with Peterson until his legal..." February 15

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    Ben Goessling @GoesslingESPN

    Kevin Warren on a conference call with a few reporters right now. Said he would welcome Peterson back with open arms.

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    Ben Goessling @GoesslingESPN

    Mark Wilf says #Vikings would love to have Adrian Peterson back, if he takes care of things with the NFL.

  • First hearing on Adrian Peterson's lawsuit against NFL held in Minneapolis on Friday

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The tussle over Adrian Peterson’s suspension from the National Football League will play out Friday for the first time in a Minneapolis courtroom. The NFL Players Association is suing the league in federal court on behalf of the Minnesota Vikings star running back, who was suspended nearly..." February 06

  • Larry Fitzgerald on Adrian Peterson: 'He deserves to be back on the field'

    Sporting News "Larry Fitzgerald is upset Adrian Peterson has not been reinstated by the NFL. The Cardinals receiver spoke with the Pioneer Press about the Vikings running back he calls "my brother." He said Peterson should be reinstated following his suspension for a child-abuse incident. "He's served his..." February 03

  • Report: A half-dozen teams have done background work on Adrian Peterson

    Sportress of Blogitude "Adrian Peterson definitely will be suiting up for an NFL team next season after missing all but one game last season due to his legal issues. It’s only a matter of which one. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that according to league sources, a half-dozen teams — by his count — reportedly have..." January 30

  • Adrian Peterson Trade or Release To Cowboys, Raiders, Patriots, Dolphins?

    Sports World Report "The Minnesota Vikings and Adrian Peterson could be headed for a split at some point in the future once Peterson returns from suspension, as he is getting paid a high salary and despite Mike Zimmer wanting him to return, the team looks at his trade or release, the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders,..." January 28

  • Spielman wants Peterson back for Vikings

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Echoing earlier sentiments of his head coach, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said the team wants Adrian Peterson to return to Minnesota once the suspended running back is eligible to apply for reinstatement on April 15. “I don’t know if there’s a team in the NFL that wouldn’t want Adrian..." January 15

  • Adrian Peterson lawsuit set for next month

    USA Today "The NFL Players Association's lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of banished Vikings star Adrian Peterson is scheduled to reach federal court next month in Minnesota. The case is on the docket of U.S. District Court Judge David S. Doty at 2 p.m. on Feb. 6, Doty's office said Monday. The NFLPA..." January 06

  • Zimmer's time with Peterson brief, but he is in RB's 'corner'

    Fox Sports North "Before meeting with reporters Tuesday for his season-ending press conference, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer started watching tape of the offense as he begins evaluation of players for the offseason. In particular, Zimmer started with Week 1's win against the St. Louis Rams. Running..." December 30

  • Adrian Peterson Claims NFL Exec Promised Him 2-Game Suspension (Audio)

    Black Sports Online "ABC’s Good Morning America has released a scathing audio provided by Adrian Peterson that allegedly has former NFL players and current league executive, Troy Vincent, promising Peterson his suspension will only be two games. At his appeal, Peterson claimed Vincent, the league’s executive vice..." December 15

  • NFLPA sues NFL in Peterson case "The NFL Players Association has filed a lawsuit against the NFL in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, challenging an arbitrator's decision made Friday to uphold Adrian Peterson's suspension by the league. The lawsuit comes as ABC News has obtained a recording of the Nov. 12 phone call between..." December 15

  • Peterson to NFL exec: 'How much more you all want'

    CSN Philly "Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson told a top NFL executive in the days leading up to his suspension for the rest of 2014 that he wanted Commissioner Roger Goodell to consider that he'd already lost $4 million in endorsements and missed more than half the season while his child abuse case..." December 15

  • Peterson: How did Rice get reinstated before me?

    SB Nation "Running back Adrian Peterson believes the NFL handled his suspension and appeal "absolutely wrong," according to an interview with ESPN. Peterson gave a lengthy statement after his appeal of a suspension for a violation of the league's personal conduct policy was denied Friday. After saying..." December 14

  • Adrian Peterson Could Be On Field By Start Of 2015 Season

    Daily Norseman "The speculation had been that if Peterson's suspension was upheld, he would be suspended for the final three games of this season and the first three games of next season as well. However, it appears that if Peterson is reinstated to the league on 15 April (the first date he is eligible to be..." December 14

  • Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension appeal denied by arbitrator

    Yahoo! Sports "The NFL Friday news dump is up and running. Suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's appeal was denied and he will not play this season. Appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson (appointed by Roger Goodell, that is) found no reason to vacate the initial NFL finding in Peterson's..." December 13

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    Greg Aiello @gregaiello

    Appeals officer Harold Henderson has affirmed the Adrian Peterson discipline...appeal denied.

  • NFLPA: Adrian Peterson wants to play this season "With only three games remaining on the Minnesota Vikings' schedule, the clocking is ticking on Adrian Peterson's chances of playing again in 2014. As Peterson awaits a ruling from arbitrator Harold Henderson on his appeal, the suspended running back has made it clear he wants to get back on the..." December 10

  • Report: Adrian Peterson ‘likely’ to be reinstated next week

    Larry Brown Sports "Adrian Peterson may still have a slight chance to suit up again before the end of the 2014 season. Peter King of The Monday Morning Quarterback reports that Peterson is “likely” to be reinstated by league appeals officer Harold Henderson next week. While King notes that Peterson is not certain..." December 06

  • Appeal over, Adrian Peterson now waits on arbitrator

    New York Post "Adrian Peterson’s bid for reinstatement is in the hands of an arbitrator hand-picked by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after the second day of testimony in the Vikings running back’s appeal ended Thursday in Manhattan. Harold Henderson, a former league executive in charge of labor relations, is..." December 05

  • Report: Adrian Peterson won't attend appeal hearing Thursday "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will not be in attendance for the conclusion of his suspension appeal hearing Thursday, according to the Associated Press. NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent is scheduled to testify on Thursday. According to the AP,..." December 04

  • Arbitrator reportedly suggests Adrian Peterson settlement

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "During yesterday’s appeals hearing for suspended running back Adrian Peterson, arbitrator Harold Henderson encouraged the NFL and the NFLPA to engage in settlement discussions, according to a Pro Football Talk report. There have been no talks yet, though, according to the report. Yesterday,..." December 03

  • NFL official Troy Vincent to tell his side on Adrian Peterson ban

    New York Post "Adrian Peterson’s appeal of his season-long suspension by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell began Tuesday, but promises to get even more interesting on Thursday. That’s when Troy Vincent, the league’s vice president of football operations, is expected to testify for arbitrator Harold Henderson..." December 03

  • Adrian Peterson -- Says Grand Jury Can Reverse Ruling ... Inspires False Hope "Adrian Peterson believes there's a slight chance the grand jury in Ferguson will change its mind and indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Mike Brown ... problem is, he's flat-out wrong. In the wake of the decision in Ferguson, AP went to Twitter to express his dismay over..." November 25

  • Adrian Peterson compares own indictment to Ferguson "On Monday, a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri declined to indict Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown, causing riots in and around the city throughout the night. Many sports figures took to Twitter to comment on the situation, including Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who --..." November 25

  • NFLPA rails against selection of Peterson appeals officer

    USA Today "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell won't hear the appeal of Adrian Peterson's suspension. But the NFL Players Association isn't happy with who will. The league announced Friday that Goodell has appointed appeals officer Harold Henderson to hear Peterson's appeal Dec. 2. Henderson spent 16 years as..." November 22

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