However, Dogra reportedly rejected Spielman’s offer, which could be seen as a bad sign for Peterson returning to Minnesota next year.
Robinson mentions that this could be message to the team’s ownership, considering that they could apply pressure to either rework Peterson’s contract or possibly make him available for trade.
Multiple sources have told Robinson that Peterson is not happy in Minnesota, even after meeting with Spielman and HC Mike Zimmer in recent weeks.
- Tom Pelissero reported earlier in the week that Spielman told Dogra that they won’t release his client.
- Pelissero pointed out that if the Vikings were going to release Peterson and get nothing in return for him, they would have done so back in September.
- According to Pelissero, Minnesota is still hoping to keep him, but Peterson still has concerns about returning to the Vikings.
Since free agency got under way last week, there has been a lot of talk that Peterson could eventually seek a trade out of Minnesota.
For what it’s worth, Robinson previously reported that Peterson prefers to be traded to five teams including: the Cardinals, Colts, Cowboys, Chargers and Buccaneers.
Arizona and San Diego look like the two teams that would make the most sense in a potential trade, assuming that Peterson does, in fact, try to force his way out.
Peterson, 29, 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).
According to OverTheCap.com, trading Peterson would free up $13 million in available cap space and create $2.4 million dead money.
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 the Vikings and Peterson as the news is available.