According to Robinson, Peterson has not wavered privately about wanting to play for a new team. A source within Peterson’s inner circle tells Robinson that Peterson believes he has already made it clear to ownership and the Vikings’ front office that he wants to be traded during a face-to-face meetings earlier this offseason.
Robinson mentions that Peterson plans to sit out of OTAs in attempt to send a public message that he wanted to be traded.
As of now, Peterson has yet to decide whether or not to skip the Vikings’ mandatory minicamp this summer.
Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, has reportedly been trying to get a reworked contract from the Vikings that would include more guaranteed money for his client. However, Robinson’s source said that for Peterson it has “never been about the money,” and he is now adamant about playing elsewhere.
Mike Florio writes that it will be harder for an interested team to pull off a trade for Peterson now that the draft has passed and because has very little leverage in this situation.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Peterson plans to be at home in Texas when OTAs begin on Tuesday.
- According to Rapoport, Peterson’s plans are “fluid and could change next week.”
- Rapoport adds that Peterson’s feelings toward his contract still haven’t changed.
According to Tomasson, Peterson remains “disgruntled” because of his belief that certain members of the Vikings didn’t do enough on his behalf to allow him to return to the field last year.
Peterson has already skipped spring workouts, but Tomasson notes that missing OTAs is much more significant given that he’ll lose out on a $250,000 workout bonus unless he takes part in 90 percent of OTAs and minicamp workouts.
There were numerous rumors throughout the offseason that the Vikings could consider trading Peterson to a team in need of running back help. However, the Vikings have maintained all along that they have no intention of parting ways with Peterson and instead expect him to be a part of their roster in 2015.
Peterson, 30, still has another three years remaining on his seven-year, $96 million contract that included $36 million guaranteed. Over the next three years, Peterson stands to make base salaries of $12.75 million (2015), $14.75 million (2016), and $16.75 million (2017).
As for his cap figures, the Vikings are looking at $15.4 million (2015), $15 million (2016), and $17 million (2017).
Peterson appeared in just one game for the Vikings and ran for 75 yards on 21 carries (3.6 YPC) while adding two receptions for 18 yards receiving and no touchdowns.
We’ll have more regarding a Peterson and the Vikings as the news is available.