Updated 09:36 AM EST, Wed, Mar 03, 2021

Adrian Peterson News Updates: Minnesota Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer Lists RB’s Two Choices

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is left with only two choices moving forward with his NFL career, and these were laid out by Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, making it look like the player has no choice at all.

"Adrian really has two choices: He can either play for us or he cannot play. He's not going to play for anyone else, that's just the way it's going to be," Zimmer said, according to Yahoo Sports.

Peterson is said to be very hesitant as of late since he is not happy with how his current team dealt with his legal battle after he was tried for a child abuse case following his action of punishing his son with a switch, which apparently left the latter with injuries.

"Here's the problem with Peterson being upset, and his agent's bickering in public: He has no leverage. His only hint of leverage is to not play, which isn't much leverage at all," added the Yahoo Sports article.

NBC Sports reported that the running back is not participating in the offseason workouts of the team not because he wanted to be traded but because he is longing for security from his team.

"The reason I'm not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded. It's about securing my future with the Vikings. It's business, not personal and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings," Peterson was quoted saying by NBC Sports.

NFL.com concluded that with this statement, Peterson seems to be running after "guaranteed money" and will not be that person who will simply walk away from the game or sit out for most part of the season.

This is not the first time the issue regarding his contract came up this month. His agent, Ben Dogra, has reportedly been asking the Vikings to show a commitment of having Peterson on the team for his entire NFL career.

NBC Sports estimated that the football player will make $12.75 million this season, with his contract running until 2017.

Analyzing how it will turn out for Peterson and the Vikings should they continue their relationship, USA Today opined there could be a possibility that the embattled player will be telling other players that the team is not capable of taking care of them. 

However, there could still be a remedy for Peterson's predicament.

"Guaranteeing the next two years and $28 million on Peterson's contract is one option to make this go away. No raise. No new money. The Vikings could take out an insurance policy in case he gets hurt and end the drama tomorrow. But that might just be a Band-Aid over deeper wounds," explained USA Today.

The same report noted that the Vikings should rather focus on the good things coming their way like a rising quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater and the new stadium opening next year instead of putting too much attention to a player, who is refusing to join their practice sessions.

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