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Teddy Bridgewater expects Adrian Peterson back with Vikings next season

Teddy Bridgewater may have never played along Adrian Peterson during a regular season game, but the second-year quarterback recently expressed optimism that the supposedly disgruntled will be doing just that next season.

“We expect Adrian to be here,” Bridgewater said, per a Pioneer Press report.

Bridgewater, like many Vikings players, coaches and executives, sees no reason why Peterson can’t return to the only team has has played for during his Hall of Fame-caliber NFL career. In fact, the quarterback believes that the players as a whole would welcome Peterson back with open arms.

“The guys in the locker room,” he continued, “we all love Adrian.”

Bridgewater added that he spent a little time this offseason socializing with Peterson, even attending the running back’s much ballyhooed 30th birthday party, during which Peterson infamously rode around on a camel. Bridgewater reveals he didn’t take a ride on the exotic animal.

“I actually didn’t ride a camel, but we had a pretty good time,” Bridgewater admitted.

Bridgewater never has Peterson sitting behind him in the backfield in the regular season as the running back already was on the Commissioner’s Exempt List before he was inserted into the starting role earlier than expected due to Matt Cassel suffering a season-ending foot injury during a Week 3 game against the New Orleans Saints.

But the prospects of having a security blanket the likes of Peterson taking some of the burden off him as he continues his development must be a comforting thought to Bridgewater.

And with each passing day coming with less and less talk about the Vikings potentially moving Peterson — and teams who reportedly coveted him allegedly withdrawing from their pursuit — no matter what Peterson (or his agent) have to say, the team and the player will have to figure out a way to make things work, one way or another.

(Image credit: Pioneer Press/John Autey)