The time for Adrian Peterson to seek pastures new away from the Minnesota Vikings appears to have passed after the first round of the NFL draft reached it's conclusion without any shock trade.
With a first round pick believed to be the minimum required by Minnesota, that now leaves the running back and his team in a slightly awkward position after they have kicked up a fuss for much of the offseason to date.
As you might expect then Ben Dogra, Peterson's agent, had changed his tune a little on Thursday evening. Indeed, he is now insisting the Vikings must do one thing if they want to have a fully focused Adrian Peterson leading their back field for the 2015 season.
Dogra was almost apologetic when speaking to USA Today, changing his tune from that of a man who was reportedly in a physical altercation with one of the team's officials only last month:
"One of the things that I appreciate with the Vikings is their resolve to say 'we're not trading him...That tells me they value him not only as a football player, but what he's done for the organization."
Peterson's team may now be trying to pall up with the Minnesota Vikings now that a trade move away is looking virtually impossible. That, though, doesn't mean Dogra is happy to let his client slide back into the fold without a fuss.
He issued this word of warning for the franchise front office:
"But the actions speak louder than words. If that (Peterson staying in Minnesota) is going to happen, and you want to keep him, then show him a commitment to make him retire as a Viking. I haven't had that solution."
The action Ben Dogra is hoping to facilitate with his words is likely a reworking of AP's current big money deal.
With $46 million potential earnings over the next three seasons Peterson is the highest running back in the NFL. None of that money though is guaranteed. If the Vikings restructured to change that it would certainly be a statement of intent from the people in charge.
Despite his recent off field issues, the veteran RB still has the ability to perform at the highest level. If Peterson and Minnesota can put aside their difference there is still potential for him to post big numbers for a couple of years yet.
The ball is now firmly back in Minnesota's court.
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