Many within the NFL are expecting the future of Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson to be resolved during this week's NFL owners meeting in Arizona and, less than 24 hours into proceedings, comments from the controversial star's agent suggest that he and his client have already made up their minds.
We want out
Speaking to reporters at the event Ben Dogra, who has thus far been quiet on the PEterson saga as it has developed since the turn of the year, went on record to tell the world that he and his client "want out of Minnesota."
The comments show that there is, publicly at least, an ever-expanding gap between franchise and player with the Vikings hierarchy earlier this week having spoken of their excitement at having Peterson back in the fold.
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USA Today and ESPN relayed the comments made by Dogra, and they were blunt to say the least:
"I don’t think it’s in Adrian’s best interest to play in Minnesota. Why would it be?” - Ben Dogra per ESPN.
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"We want out of Minnesota," was the simple message he had for USA Today when quizzed at the Arizona Biltimore Hotel.
Minnesota Vikings president Mark Wolf attempted to put the team's side across just moments later, telling separate reporters that Peterson was an important part of the franchise and they "fully expect" him to be a part of the team moving forward.
Whilst the Vikings attempt to put a brave face on the situation, whether because of a legitimate belief the RB will be on the roster in 2015 or in order to maintain his market value ahead of a trade, their working relationship with Peterson's camp appears to be at an all-time low.
Add this pubic plea to reports of a scuffle between Dogra and a Vikings official at the Combine, and the agent turning down a meeting with Minnesota GM Rick Spielman last week and it is looking increasingly likely that Adrian Peterson will be on the move before Week One of the 2015 campaign.
The player himself is thought to be seeking a move after what he deems as a lack of support through his time on the Commissioner's Exempt List during the 2014 campaign
With the Arizona Cardinals having reportedly already been in tentative negotiations with the Vikings over a trade there is a belief that a deal could be struck before the NFL owners meeting is over.
What do you think NFL fans? Would you take a chance on Adrian Peterson, and should the Vikings allow his agent to hold them to ransom? Let us know in the comments section below...