Adrian Peterson's future, after weeks and months of speculation, could become a lot clearer by the end of play today as he prepares to meet NFL officials for a crunch meeting this afternoon.
Ian Rapoport was the first to report the scheduled meeting and the NFL Insider noted that the issue of the running back's official reinstatement into the league would be the main topic on the agenda.
Adrian Peterson has seen himself on the Commissioner's Exempt List since the Fall of 2014 due to allegations of domestic assault against his son. He accepted a plea deal for misdemeanour reckless assault in November.
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Previous reports suggested that AP was not eligible for reinstatement into the league until April 15th so Tuesday's meeting, a full week ahead of that schedule, will delight those hoping to have him on their roster for the 2015 season.
That includes his current employers. The Minnesota Vikings appear, publicly at least, to be planning to have Peterson lining up behind the quarterback come Week one of the 2015 season with both the team's GM, and head coach Mike Zimmer speaking of their excitement at the prospect. Having Peterson taken off the Commissioner's Exempt List is the first key step to achieving that goal.
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Opening the door
Unfortunately for Vikings fans, today's meeting with the NFL could also harm their team's chances of keeping him in Minnesota.
Should the league return the 30-year-old star to normal player status then it will only increase interest from those team's rumored to be keen on a trade move for the 10.000 yard man.
The likes of the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals will certainly be watching on with great interest to see the outcome of today's crunch talks. Knowing that AP can definitely suit up for the 2015 season means less risk moving forward.
Peterson's agent has been doing his best to talk up a trade move whilst sources close to the player have previously stated he prefers a move away from Minnesota. Until the veteran RB is removed from the Exempt List though there is unlikely to be any movement either way.
Today's talks could well set in motion the next phase of the Adrian Peterson saga.
What do you think Vikings fans? Should Peterson show loyalty to Minnesota, and is he still capable of being a top running back regardless of where he plays in 2015? Let us know in the comments section below...
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