Adrian Peterson RUMORS & NEWS

  • Adrian Peterson says he could have made jump from high school to NFL

    ESPN "Looking back on it all, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson believes he could have made the jump from Palestine (Texas) High School senior to NFL rookie if he had had the chance to do so. The question about the preps-to-pro jump has been swirling around LSU's sophomore running back..." October 01

  • Vikings owner sent his private plane to get Adrian Peterson to Sunday’s game

    Larry Brown Sports "Adrian Peterson looked like his old self when he rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-14 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. He was a key in the team’s victory, and Vikings owner Zygi Wilf did whatever he could to ensure his star running back would make the game. According to..." September 29

  • Adrian Peterson gets standing ovation in Vikings' home opener

    ESPN "Adrian Peterson took the field for his first home game in 21 months Sunday, and it sounded as if the Minnesota Vikings fans in attendance at TCF Bank Stadium were happy to have him back. Peterson, playing his first home game since Dec. 1, 2013, received a standing ovation when he was the last..." September 20

  • Adrian Peterson hits the reset button, trusts Norv Turner after 49ers loss

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Of course, Adrian Peterson is more comfortable when lined up straight behind the quarterback. After all, that’s how Peterson has done it most of his career, from his pee-wee football days to his 2,097-yard season in 2012. But the Vikings running back said he trusts offensive coordinator Norv..." September 17

  • Adrian Peterson on return: 'Felt good to get out there, take some hits'

    ESPN "Adrian Peterson's long-awaited return to the NFL came Monday night, 53 weeks after he last suited up for the Minnesota Vikings. His first big day back with the team will have to wait at least another week. Peterson carried just 10 times for 31 yards in the Vikings' 20-3 loss to the San..." September 15

  • Adrian Peterson - Alleged Baby Mama Miscarries ... But Still Wants Cash

    TMZ "Sad news for the woman who claimed she was pregnant with Adrian Peterson's 9th kid -- TMZ Sports has learned she had a miscarriage ... but she's still gunning for AP's cash. As we previously reported, the woman -- a massage therapist -- was asking for roughly $2 MILLION from the NFL star to..." September 02

  • Adrian Peterson Alleged Baby Mama Demands $2 Mil ... Gets Stiff Arm

    TMZ "A massage therapist who claims she was knocked up by Adrian Peterson has asked for $1.9 MILLION to care for the kid for 18 years ... but the NFL star has fired back with a big, fat "NO DEAL." TMZ Sports has learned ... Peterson was contacted by the woman's attorney in early August -- claiming..." September 01

  • Adrian Peterson's conduct over the past year shows he believes he has done nothing wrong

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell attempted to suspend Adrian Peterson without pay for the final six games of the 2014 season. Goodell did this in a letter sent to Peterson on Nov. 18 in which the commissioner stated, “You have shown no meaningful remorse.’’ I went slightly nuts at the time in..." August 27

  • Adrian Peterson says he's the LeBron of football

    The Score "LeBron James is such a transcendent figure, the NFL's top running backs are battling to compare themselves to him. The four-time NBA MVP almost commandeered a mismatched Cleveland Cavaliers squad last season to what would've been the franchise's first title, but fell short in six games to the..." August 23

  • Peterson 'doing pretty good' following thigh injury

    Fox Sports North "The man they call "All Day" appears to be largely A-OK. Yes, Vikings star Adrian Peterson endured some pain on Tuesday, but he told reporters on Wednesday that, if this were the regular season, he'd consider himself healthy enough to play. "Took a knee to the thigh," Peterson explained. It's..." August 13

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    Ben Goessling @GoesslingESPN

    NFL-NFLPA contempt hearing in Adrian Peterson case, which was supposed to happen tomorrow, has been moved to Aug. 26.

  • Adrian Peterson still driven to be NFL's best ever

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Thirty-year-old Adrian Peterson has a vision that includes playing football at least seven more years, retiring somewhere beyond 2021 and entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the career rushing leader and greatest player in NFL history. “Not just the greatest running back,” he points out...." August 09

  • Adrian Peterson says 'life is way bigger than football'

    ESPN "Adrian Peterson will travel to Canton, Ohio, this weekend as the Minnesota Vikings play in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. The next time he's back there, it could be for his own Hall of Fame induction. What is said about Peterson at that point will be shaped by the second half of his..." August 07

  • Early end to Adrian Peterson's probation sparks controversy

    Sporting News "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had his probation terminated 15 months early by a judge, and not everyone is happy about it. The probation stems from Peterson's child abuse case. He pleaded no contest in November to misdemeanor reckless assault and received two years of probation to avoid..." August 06

  • Zimmer says Peterson is looking like a Hall of Famer at training camp

    Pro Football Talk "Adrian Peterson is as good as ever after a year away. That’s the word from Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, who said on today’s PFT Live that his star running back stayed in great shape while he missed 15 games last year for abusing his son. Zimmer says Peterson seems excited for the season and looks..." July 31

  • Adrian Peterson knocking off rust after long layoff "Adrian Peterson is working his way back into playing shape. The Vikings star is taking part in his first team practices since last September. He acknowledged to NFL Network's Marshall Faulk that the initial practices presented some physical challenges to his 30-year-old body. "I kind of..." July 29

  • Adrian Peterson: My goal is always 2,500 yards

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has high hopes for the 2015 season. Very high: Peterson says that he goes into this season, and every season, aiming for 2,500 yards. “I always keep the mark at twenty-five, so if I get close to that, that’s not bad,” Peterson told the Vikings’..." July 27

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    Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

    Zimmer says Peterson is in great shape. "I'll probably have to hold him back more so than push him." They're not tackling him, though.

  • Adrian Peterson’s base deal pays $44 million over three years

    Pro Football Talk "Before Tuesday, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was due to make $44.75 million non-guaranteed over the next three years. Now, Peterson is due to make less — but he’s likely to earn a lot more of it, with the Vikings or someone else. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Peterson’s..." July 21

  • Vikings and Adrian Peterson Mutually Agree to Restructured Contract "The Vikings and Adrian Peterson have mutually agreed to restructure the final three years of Peterson's contract. Per team policy, contract details will not be disclosed. "This agreement is a win for both Adrian and the Vikings and is a positive step toward Adrian finishing his career as a..." July 21

  • Judge Orders Settlement Talk Between NFL, Union in Peterson Case

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "A judge is stepping in to initiate settlement talks between the NFL and NFL Players Association, ordering the sides into negotiations on the case filed in federal court by the union over Adrian Peterson's now-expired suspension. U.S. Magistrate Judge Janie Mayeron ordered on Monday that both..." July 21

  • 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