Peterson was reinstated by the NFL in April after missing 15 games last season after he was indicted on child injury charges for hitting his 4-year-old son with a switch.
Peterson said he's “definitely not the victim and [hasn't] tried the play the victim in this role.” He added that he has he learned in therapy that he's “been doing a pretty good job” and has learned about things like time outs and taking snacks away.
“I'm proud of Adrian with all the things he had to go through last year. We're ready to move forward,” said Zimmer, who added that he “loves this kid.”
There were rumors over the off-season about whether the Vikings would look to trade Peterson, however Zimmer said a trade was never a thought.
Asked if he wanted to leave Minnesota at any point, Peterson said, “I'm going to be absolute 100 percent with you, I really didn't know what I wanted.” He said he took time to think about things and ultimately decided that coming back was what he wanted.
Peterson was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list last September and was suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2014 season in November after he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault.
He remains under contract with the Vikings for the next three seasons and is scheduled to make $12.75 million in 2015, plus a $250,000 workout bonus.
- Molly Geary