Vikings GM wants Adrian Peterson back next season
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said he wants running back Adrian Peterson to return to the team next season, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Peterson, who sat out the final 15 games of last season following an indictment on child abuse charges, is currently serving an indefinite suspension. He pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault and is eligible to apply for reinstatement on April 15. The NFLPA is suing the league to get him immediately reinstated.
Last week, owner and president Mark Wilf said he supports Peterson's return to the team. Spielman echoed Wilf's comments while speaking at the combine.
"We expect Adrian Peterson to be part of our football team," Spielman said.
"I think our whole organization is on that same page (about wanting Peterson back)," Spielman said. "What team wouldn’t want an Adrian Peterson talent? He’s unique player that you don’t see come around too often and Adrian’s been a key part of our organization. He’s made a mistake. He’s doing everything and he’s got to follow through and rectify and do the things the NFL is requiring him to do."
Last month, Spielman said Peterson is "a good person," but the team can't communicate with him while he is suspended.
Peterson has a $12.75 million base salary next season, and Spielman did not discuss if the team planned to restructure his contract.
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