"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."
It was reported earlier Wednesday that coach Mike Zimmer said that Peterson could "either play for us or not play." The running back has expressed frustration with team management for not showing him support during his legal case for child abuse.
Peterson has been steadfast in his desire to leave Minnesota and the Vikings have been equally resolute in keeping the All-Pro running back in the fold. The stalemate figures to go on for quite a while, but Zimmer is focusing his energies elsewhere.
"I'm not worried about it," he said. "I got 89 guys out here I'm coaching and trying to get better."
Peterson is frustrated with management in Minnesota for not showing him support through his legal case for child abuse. Peterson has not participated in any offseason activities so far, but skipping workouts will cost him $250,000 in bonuses if he does not attend 90 percent of OTAs and minicamps.
Peterson is frustrated with management in Minnesota for not showing him support through his legal case for child abuse. Peterson has not participated in any offseason activities so far, but skipping Tuesday's workout will cost him $250,000 in bonuses if he does not attend 90 percent of OTAs and minicamps.
Peterson has three years, $44.25 million left on his contract with Minnesota.
"That's a lot of ifs, nuts and candies and buts, there," Zimmer said. "I don't think there will be any issues, no."
Peterson, 30, is under contract with the Vikings for the next three seasons, but he has yet to attend any of the team's voluntary workouts during the offseason. Peterson missed 15 games last season due to being placed on the commissioner's exempt list.
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On Thursday night, agent Ben Dogra said that the Vikings told him Peterson was not going to be traded.
"One of the things that I appreciate with the Vikings is their resolve to say 'we're not trading him,'" Dogra told USA TODAY. "That tells me they value him not only as a football player, but what he's done for the organization. ... 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."
That commitment would include guaranteeing part of Peterson's $46 million contract owed him over the next three years.
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