Peterson, who turns 30 in two months, carries a cap hit of $15.4 million in 2015. In an interview with ESPN, Peterson "scoffed at the suggestion that he take a pay cut to remain with the Vikings," the paper noted. "Can he and the Vikings find common ground? Or is Peterson ready for a fresh start elsewhere?"
Currently suspended, Peterson can apply for NFL reinstatement on April 15. He pleaded no contest to recklessly injuring his 4-year-old son, a misdemeanor, last May.
"I don’t know if there’s a team in the NFL that wouldn’t want Adrian Peterson on the football team," Spielman said. "I know that Adrian is a good person, just being around him. I know he’s done a lot of good in this community."
Peterson is eligible to apply for reinstate through the league on April 15. He played just one game in 2014 after news of a child abuse charge broke. Peterson was initially placed on the exempt list, but was eventually suspended after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge. Peterson appealed the ruling, but the suspension was upheld.
Spielman expects no dropoff from the 29-year-old Peterson when he's able to return. "He’s going to play at a very high level when he comes back. I’m anticipating that."
"I would respect Adrian’s decision," Zimmer said while appearing on Pro Football Talk Live with Mike Florio. "I’ll always be honest with him and up front, but I’m gonna try to explain to him the reasons why I would like to him to be here.
"But it has to be a two way street and he has to get his life taken care of -- but we’ll sit down and talk, but I’m a pretty good recruiter, too.”
The office of U.S. District Judge David Doty announced Tuesday the NFLPA's petition to have
Peterson was suspended by the NFL without pay for the final six games of the 2014 season through at least April 15 due to his child-abuse case. Peterson's appeal was denied by a league-appointed arbitrator. Following the decision, the NFLPA and Peterson filed their lawsuit Dec. 15 asking the court to dismiss the ruling.
South Dakota authorities issued an arrest warrant for the suspect in the death of
Patterson was released on $2 million bond in September after being charged with second-degree murder in the 2013 death of Tyrese Ruffin. Patterson was living with Tyrese's mother when he called 911 to report the boy had stopped breathing, the report said.
Patterson maintained the boy choked on a snack, but prosecutors said he was beaten, the report said. And doctors determined the boy's injuries weren't accidental.
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