The Minnesota Vikings are today making the next, and perhaps most crucial, step in trying to convince Adrian Peterson to stay with the franchise for the 2015 NFL season.
According to reports from ESPN, both head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman are travelling to Houston, Texas today to meet with the running back for what are being perceived as crunch talks.
Peterson hasn't spoken face-to-face with any Vikings officials since way back in September 2014 - due largely to terms of his suspension - and, with free agency drawing ever closer, the outcome of this meeting could be pivotal.
This meeting may be viewed as a positive mood for those Vikings fans hoping to see Peterson continue with the team moving forward. Further reports though have urged caution, suggesting the only reason the running back is taking part in this meeting is out of respect to coach Zimmer - a man who was often the only one in the Minnesota regime to back Peterson throughout his legal issues.
Earlier this week the Vikings GM spoke of an open dialogue that had begun with AP in recent days but, while the team is evidently keen on keeping him in A Vikings uniform moving forward, it remains unclear just how receptive Peterson is to the idea.
There has been much speculation that Peterson - who hasn't played an NFL game since Week One of the 2014 season following suspension over child abuse allegations - was open to a trade, some even suggesting he had actively sought a move to the Dallas Cowboys.
Topics to discuss
Regardless of the outcome of this meeting, there are certainly a number of big topics set to be up for discussion in Texas.
From the reported altercation between Peterson's agent and a Vikings official at the recent combine, to talk of restructuring contracts and potential apologies on both sides there will be many in the NFL, both of a Vikings persuasion and otherwise, wishing they could be a fly on the wall when the two sides shake hands.
What do you think Vikings fans? Are these talks a positive move, or do you think Peterson will simply move on regardless? Let us know in the comments section below...
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