Adrian Peterson’s agent Ben Dogra: ‘We want out of Minnesota’
Ben Dogra, the agent for Adrian Peterson, said in no uncertain terms on Monday that it is in his client’s best interests to start anew with a different team next season.
“We want out of Minnesota,” Dogra unequivocally told USA Today‘s Jarrett Bell while making an appearance at the NFL owners meeting in Phoenix, Ariz.
The Vikings have forged a fiercely united organizational front throughout the entire ordeal regarding Peterson’s future that it wants the running back with the team next season.
Dogra, however, has continued to turn the screws over the past few weeks related to his client’s purported unhappiness with the organization, stemming in part that from his perspective the Vikings did not do enough to publicly support him throughout his child abuse case in Texas.
Before making his cut-and-dry comment that Peterson wants out of Minnesota, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Dogra indicated that Peterson’s camp believes the running back deserves “face of the franchise” money, a guaranteed amount typically afforded top quarterbacks in the league.
Peterson is owed $45 million over three years according to the terms of his current contract, although none of the money is guaranteed.
This all comes on the heels of Dogra reportedly denying a dinner meeting request from the Vikings last week.
Meanwhile, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman on Monday dug in his heels and echoed earlier comments made by not only himself but head coach Mike Zimmer as well that the team expects Peterson to be in a Vikings uniform next season.
“Adrian’s a member of our football team,” Spielman told media members Monday, via USA Today. “He’s under contract with us. We are focused on the 2015 season and expect Adrian to be a part of that. Our whole focus is getting ready for that season with Adrian.”
Team owner Mark Wilf also toed the company line, saying, “He’s an important part of the Minnesota Vikings and we look forward to him being part of our team in 2015,” according to USA Today’s Tom Pelissero.
It certainly appears that both sides have dug in regarding their respective views concerning Peterson’s future, meaning an already contentious dialogue will in all likelihood evolve into an even uglier public battle.