Beyond that, Tomasson reports that Peterson hasn’t asked the team to make him available for trade.
This comes just a day after Jason Cole reported that Peterson wants to play for the Cowboys, and the Vikings are aware of his preference to join Dallas’ roster.
- A high level executive tells Cole that even though both sides are aware of the situation, the Vikings “will not, do not want to trade him.”
- Cole mentions that the Vikings especially do not want to trade him to the Cowboys.
- However, Peterson could create a “stare down” with the Vikings if he’s adamant about not returning to Minnesota.
A source tells Tomasson that Peterson is still willing to return to Minnesota next season, even though he’s reportedly disappointed with how the team and the fanbase reacted to the news of his child-abuse charge.
Tomasson’s source wouldn’t speculate as to whether or not he would be willing to rework his contract in order to be back with the Vikings, but they have kept players with huge cap figures in the past.
With this in mind, there is a chance that they would still be willing to pay Peterson the $12.75 million he’s owed for the upcoming season.
Vikings GM Rick Spielman is prohibited from speaking with Peterson while he’s suspended, but chief operating officer Kevin Warren and director of player development Les Pico are permitted to talk with him.
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, releasing Peterson outright 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.