Minnesota Vikings Wiretap

Zimmer: Vikings Have No Plans To Trade Adrian Peterson

Mar 25, 2015 1:55 PM

Mike Zimmer has reiterated the Minnesota Vikings' position that they aren't planning on trading Adrian Peterson.

Zimmer also clarified a comment he made to Pro Football Talk earlier in the offseason, saying, “I never once said I would accommodate him” by trading Peterson if that’s what he really wanted.

“I’m not going to speculate on what he wants or doesn’t want,” Zimmer said. “Adrian’s under contract for three more years with us and that’s why you sign these contracts. That’s why you get these big bonuses, you know?”

Peterson has three seasons remaining on the six-year, $96 million contract he signed in 2011.

“We have no plans to trade Adrian,” said Zimmer.

Matt Vensel/Star Tribune

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Agent: Adrian Peterson Wants To Leave Vikings

Mar 23, 2015 7:49 PM

Adrian Peterson's agent admitted publicly that he'd like to leave the Minnesota Vikings.

Ben Dogra hadn't spoken publicly on the standoff between his client and the Vikings in nearly three months.

When asked if he thought Peterson would return to Minnesota he said in full: "I don't think it's in Adrian's best interest to play in Minnesota. Why would it be?"

The Vikings have said they will not release Peterson, meaning a team would have to trade for him.

Kevin Seifert/ESPN

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Adrian Peterson Prefers To Leave Vikings

Mar 20, 2015 9:46 PM

Adrian Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, confirmed Friday that he declined an invitation to meet with Vikings general manager Rick Spielman at the owners meetings after Spielman informed him Wednesday that the Vikings would not release Peterson. The news, which was first reported on Friday by Yahoo! Sports, is another sign that the Vikings and Peterson remain at odds.

A league source said Peterson's preference is to play for another team in 2015.

Peterson is under contract through 2017, and is scheduled to make $12.75 million this season. The Vikings appear willing to pay Peterson his salary for 2015, and a restructured contract would likely put some guaranteed money in Peterson's bank account in place of a deal that currently has none remaining.


Ben Goessling/ESPN

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Vikings Inform Adrian Peterson He Won't Be Cut

Mar 18, 2015 11:42 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have informed Adrian Peterson's agent that he will not be released this offseason.

Peterson and the Vikings have had several meetings to mend their relationship.

Peterson reportedly has reservations about returning to the Vikings and has interest in a trade.

Tom Pelissero/USA Today

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Cardinals Would Need Adrian Peterson To Restructure Deal If Traded

Mar 16, 2015 12:20 PM

The Arizona Cardinals and Adrian Peterson have mutual interest if the Minnesota Vikings choose to move on.

The Cardinals said that Peterson's three years and $45 million remaining is an "absolute non-starter."

Charles Robinson of Yahoo! reports Peterson would be looking for at least $25 million guaranteed on what would essentially be a three-year deal.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

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Raiders Sign Christian Ponder

Mar 13, 2015 8:47 PM

The Oakland Raiders have signed Christian Ponder.

Ponder will be the Raiders' backup at quarterback behind Derek Carr.

Ponder was a first round pick out of Florida State by the Minnesota Vikings.

RealGM Staff Report

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Adrian Peterson Reportedly Still Wants Trade From Vikings

Mar 11, 2015 11:38 AM

Adrian Peterson reportedly hasn't changed his mind about wanting to leave the Minnesota Vikings.

There is a belief that if DeMarco Murray signs elsewhere, the Dallas Cowboys will be willing to send a good pick to the Vikings for Peterson.

Peterson flew to New York on Tuesday to meet with the Vikings' owners and general manager Rick Spielman. Peterson met with Spielman and Mike Zimmer in Texas last week.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

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Adrian Peterson Still Has Concerns With Vikings Following Meeting

Mar 4, 2015 8:30 PM

Adrian Peterson had a four-hour meeting with Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman on Wednesday.

Peterson issued a statement suggesting his concerns were not resolved during the sit down. 

“I appreciate Rick [Spielman] and Coach [Mike] Zimmer coming down to see me today,” Peterson said in a statement issued to Josina Anderson of ESPN. “We had a great dialogue and they were able to understand where I was coming from and concerns my family and I still have. We respect each other and hopefully the situation can pan out so that everyone involved is content.”

Peterson believes Vikings' COO Kevin Warren worked with the NFL to keep him off the field for the 2014 season following his child abuse charges.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

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Cardinals, Colts, Cowboys, Chargers, Bucs On Adrian Peterson's List

Mar 4, 2015 4:59 PM

Adrian Peterson would consider a restructuring of his contract to help facilitate a trade.

"All the options are open," Nelson Peterson said of those scenarios. "There's no doors closed on anything at this time. … Adrian will come back from this with a vengeance. He plays hard anyway, but he's got an extra chip on his shoulder. He will bounce back from this."

Peterson would prefer a move to the Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers or Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings are meeting on Wednesday to discuss next steps.


Charles Robinson/Yahoo! Sports

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Bills Acquire Matt Cassel In Trade With Vikings

Mar 4, 2015 12:34 PM

The Buffalo Bills have acquired Matt Cassel from the Minnesota Vikings.

Cassel had a 65.8 passer rating in three games last season with the Vikings.

Cassel has been a part-time starter since 2011 after playing in 46 games from 2008 until 2010 with the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.

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Adrian Peterson On Exempt List Pending Appeal
The suspension of Adrian Peterson has been overturned.

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Adrian Peterson Reinstated Following Judge's Ruling
Judge David Doty has ruled in favor of Adrian Peterson, granting the NFLPA's motion to vacate the ruling by Harold Henderson.

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Adrian Peterson Has No Intention Of Playing For Vikings Again
Adrian Peterson's agent had to be separated from a member of the Vikings' front office during a heated verbal altercation during the combine.

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Adrian Peterson 'Uneasy' About Rejoining Vikings
Adrian Peterson questioned the support he received from the Vikings last season.

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Vikings Expect To Keep Adrian Peterson For 2015
Rick Spielman believes Adrian Peterson is doing everything necessary to be reinstated on April 15.

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Vikings Want To Keep Adrian Peterson
The two sides could quickly find themselves at odds if the Vikings ask Adrian Peterson to re-work his deal.

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Jennings: Everyone Within Vikings Wants Adrian Peterson Back
Adrian Peterson played in just one game in 2014.

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Teams Working On Background Info For Adrian Peterson
There have been at least six teams working on finding background information on Adrian Peterson.

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Mike Zimmer Wants Adrian Peterson Back In 2015
Adrian Peterson scheduled to earn a non-guaranteed salary in 2015 worth $15.4 million against the cap.

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NFLPA Files Suit Against NFL In Adrian Peterson Case
Adrian Peterson was told by Troy Vincent he would be reinstated after a two-game suspension and get credit for his time on the commissioner's exempt list.


Adrian Peterson Considering Retirement
Adrian Peterson has been so disappointed by the NFL's disciplinary process that he's considering retirement.

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Adrian Peterson's Appeal Denied
Adrian Peterson will be eligible for reinstatement on April 15.

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Adrian Peterson Still Wants To Play This Season
Adrian Peterson awaits a ruling from arbitrator Harold Henderson on his appeal.


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Jerick McKinnon was leading the Vikings in carries (113), rushing yards (538) and yards per carry (4.8).

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Adrian Peterson Believes He's Now Entering Prime Seasons
Adrian Peterson's future with the Vikings is in doubt, but he wants to play for at least another half-decade.

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Zimmer Believes Adrian Peterson Will Return To Vikings In 2015
Adrian Peterson hinted in an interview that the Vikings haven't been supportive and that a fresh start with a new team might make sense.

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Adrian Peterson Vows To Never Use Switch Again
Adrian Peterson would like to remain with the Vikings.

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Adrian Peterson Appeals Suspension
Adrian Peterson remains on the Commissioner's Exempt List during the appeal process.

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Vikings Claim Ben Tate Off Waivers
Ben Tate has 333 yards on 106 carries and four touchdowns this season.

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