Adrian Peterson will rejoin the Minnesota Vikings after extended delay that drained energy from the team’s 2014-15 campaign and threatened to do so from the upcoming season.
The running back who has endured personal issues and has voiced his displeasure with his current contract will attend OTAs on Tuesday.
Peterson told ESPN that he is ready to put the drama behind him.
“I’m returning because I want to. I’m a part of this football team and I owe it to the guys I play with and to our coaches,” Peterson said. “I was planning on coming in this week, and I’m looking forward to getting back on the field. It’s what I love to do.”
After an epic Twitter rant that easily may have limited the number of teams that will be interested in his services in the future, one has to wonder whether or not Peterson may or may not be a distraction to the team.
Publicly speaking, most are over the shock-and-awe of the details of how the All-Pro choice to discipline his child.
The concern now is how he will adapt to an uncomfortable environment.
He lost his tug-of-war with the Vikings and he did not get the trade or release that he desired.
The team stood pat and held onto their greatest asset and now everyone has to play nice if only to ensure that the development of sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater goes well.
Peterson’s attitude will certainly rub off on him and others and he is the defacto locker room leader.
If the team reworks Peterson’s contract there could be middle ground to stand upon.
Peterson would not get into details when asked if the Vikings lured him back into the fold with the promise of more income.
“I’ll leave those discussions to my agent, but any player wants to guarantee his future as much as possible,” Peterson said. “I’m focused on what I need to do on the field, what I need to do to prepare for the season.”
Seeing that Peterson will earn a $250,000 workout bonus just for showing his face at OTAs, it can be said that he is off to a fine start.
As has been proven in the past, it takes a certain level of dedication and commitment to make it to the pro level and a warriors’ heart to excel at it.
Peterson’s comments also suggested that his extended vacation that started last September has in fact given him the itch to return to his physical style of play.
“I’ve been watching this game from the sidelines for far too long,” Peterson said. “My teammates and coaches are important to me. Those relationships matter, and I owe it to those guys. I knew I wanted to come in this week. I had a family obligation last week but I’m ready to put on a Vikings uniform again and get back to work.”
Time to show and prove.