Adrian Peterson’s agent changes tune, now wants more money from Vikings
Ben Dogra, the agent for Adrian Peterson, seemingly has accepted with the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft come and gone that his client will be a member of the Minnesota Vikings next season. And because of that reality setting in, Dogra has changed his tune, now suggesting that the team should feel obligated, as a demonstration of loyalty, to pay the running back more money.
Dogra even was complimentary to the Vikings organization in his comments Thursday night, praising the team for how it held firm in its very public stance that it would not deal Peterson.
“One of the things that I appreciate with the Vikings is their resolve to say ‘we’re not trading him,'” Dogra told USA TODAY Sports’ Tom Pelissero. “That tells me they value him not only as a football player, but what he’s done for the organization.
“I actually, as an agent, not only appreciate it — I accept it. But actions speak louder than words. If that’s going to happen, and you want to keep him, then show him a commitment to make him retire as a Viking. And I haven’t had that solution.”
Despite his best efforts to force the Vikings to engage in a game of chicken, Dogra could not force the team to cower to his blustery demands and trade the unhappy Peterson.
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman again reiterated the organization’s stance on Thursday night, saying, “I’m not getting into who called or not called. Adrian Peterson is under contract as a Minnesota Viking. End of story.”
If that is indeed the case and the long, sordid saga is finally finished, the Vikings and Peterson now will be tasked with repairing their relationship — one damaged by Peterson himself, as well as the questionable conduct of Dogra.
Peterson is owed $46 million over the next three years, $12.75 million this coming season with an annual escalation of $2 million in 2016 and 2017, none of which is guaranteed. Dogra presumably is angling for guaranteed money in some way, shape or form. Whether he can facilitate that endgame, however, is another story. The Vikings have Peterson under contract, and because of that, still hold all the cards.