Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson issued a statement Wednesday night aimed at clarifying his absence from this week’s organized team activities, saying, “It’s business, not personal.”
“The reason I'm not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded,” Peterson said in the statement to ESPN's Josina Anderson. “It’s about securing my future with the Vikings. It’s business, not personal and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings.”
Peterson informed the Vikings this weekend that he would not attend this week's OTAs. Reports suggested Peterson’s decision not to attend was intended to indicate a desire for a trade, but Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday that Peterson will not play for another team this season.
“He’s really got two choices: He can either play for us or he can not play,” Zimmer said. “He’s not going to play for anyone else and that’s just the way it’s going to be.”
Peterson, 30, is under contract with the Vikings through 2017. This week’s OTAs are voluntary, though Peterson is missing out on a $250,000 workout bonus by not attending.
If Peterson is an active member of the Vikings' roster on Week 1, his $12.75 million salary will become guaranteed.
Peterson has not participated in any Vikings team activities since he was indicted on child abuse charges last September. He played in one game last season before he was placed on the Commisioner’s Exempt List after his indictment. After Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault, he was suspended indefinitely.
Throughout the offseason, Peterson was linked to trade rumors and speculation about his future with the Vikings. Team officials have said they want Peterson to remain with the team.
- Mike Fiammetta