Vikings GM Rick Spielman confirms team has spoken with Adrian Peterson
While he refused to disclose the nature of the discussions, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman on Monday confirmed that there has been contact between the team and evidently disgruntled running back Adrian Peterson.
Spielman made the comments regarding an “open dialogue” presently occurring between the Vikings and Peterson while attending the University of Minnesota’s pro day.
“We are able to have communication now with Adrian,” Spielman said, via the Star Tribune. “We’ll keep all those communications internal. I don’t want to give you guys a blow-by-blow [account] every day. I think it’s been very clearly stated that we want to have Adrian Peterson back. There’s no question about the talent. He’s a unique talent and he’s under contract with us next year.”
Peterson’s comments of late, which have been alternatively full-frontal and cryptic, appear to indicate he is leaning toward the hope he can make a fresh start and not return to the Vikings, although in essence that decision isn’t entirely up to him.
Discussing how Peterson has expressed uneasiness about playing for the Vikings due to how some members of the organization failed, in the running back’s view, to adequately support him publicly when the charges of child abuse surfaced early during the season, Spielman declined to expand upon his original comments.
“I’m not going to get into anything on that front,” he said. “I can tell you that we’re going to have and we have open communication with him and we’ll just leave all those discussions between us and Adrian.”
A reported verbal altercation between Peterson’s agent and a Vikings front office executive during the NFL Scouting Combine certainly did not ease any tensions between the team and the running back.
The Vikings general manager’s comments on Monday echoed those made over the weekend to longtime Twin Cities sportswriter Sid Hartman in which Spielman indicated that the team is pleased it is now able to speak with Peterson in light of the running back’s successful appeal of his suspension in a decision handed down last week.
How the dialogue proceeds from this point forward obviously will go a long way in determining whether or not Peterson has played his last game as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. Seemingly every statement offered by members of the Vikings, especially of late, indicate nearly universal organizational support of bringing Peterson back, although much work is left to be done, on both the contractual front and perhaps more importantly, in smoothing over the running back’s hurt feelings.