Adrian Peterson's future with the Minnesota Vikings is currently up in the air and it seems that no one quite knows where Peterson will be playing next year.
Rumours have abounded that the running back wants to move back to his home state of Texas and play for the Dallas Cowboys, but recent quotes that have emerged have thrown everything into doubt once again.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer appeared on PFT Live today, and according to a report from ProFootballTalk, the second year coach fully expects Peterson to be playing in purple once again next season.
AP's Coming Back
“I have not been able to talk to him since he’s been suspended, but I believe Adrian will be back. If he plays, we’re planning on having him back with the Vikings.” - Mike Zimmer
This will surely come as excellent news to Minnesota fans worried that the best running back in the National Football League would be so willing to jump ship and that the Vikings were happy with allowing Peterson to allow that.
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Zimmer did however admit that the Vikings were prepared to trade Peterson if the 29-year old was adamant that he didn't want to be in Minnesota.
“If he was just dead set against it and he wasn’t gonna be happy where he’s at, then we’d discuss maybe something else, but I just don’t see that happening. I think he’s happy with the progress of where the organization is going, I think he’s happy with the way Teddy [Bridgewater] is playing and the things we’re trying to do to improve this football team and hopefully he’s excited to be part of it,” Zimmer added.
Part of the Team
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman had offered the strongest statement so far on the future of Peterson before this, saying Wednesday morning he expects the banished star to be a part of the team.
"Yeah, we expect Adrian Peterson to be a part of our football team."
"Adrian's been a key part of our organization," Spielman told a small group of reporters at the NFL scouting combine. "He's made a mistake. He's doing everything and he's got to follow through, rectify and do the things that the NFL's requiring him to do."