Adrian Peterson's future in the NFL has been the subject of speculation virtually from the moment he was placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List last November.
Rumors only intensified when he was officially reinstated into the league back on April 16. Since then there has been much debate as to whether the controversial running back would be suiting up in 2015 for the Minnesota Vikings, or a new team altogether.
Recent reports suggest that Peterson himself is keen to leave the Vikings and Mike Zimmer, the franchise's head coach, was unable to escape the issue at today's OTA press conference. He had a defiant message, though, which will go down very well with Minnesota fans. AP's reaction might be slightly less positive.
"Adrian (Peterson) really has two choices," Zimmer told the gathered media today.
"He can either play for us or he cannot play. He's not going to play for anybody else, that's just the way it's going to be."
Peterson isn't currently with the team for this weeks OTAs as he continues the stay-away stance that has led many to believe he is set for a Vikings exit.
Regardless of Peterson's frosty relationship to the team's hierarchy, and despite an offseason that has included agent outbursts, physical confrontations and a host of teams linked to the 10,000 yard RB, the Vikings seem intent on keeping hold of their star player, no matter the consequences.
Peterson hasn't played for Minnesota since September 2014 - just prior to his indictment on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child - and it is thought he still harbors resentment for what he perceives as a lack of support from the franchise in the time that has passed since.
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With almost 12 months away from the gridiron, as well as a huge $40 million deal and an ageing body, it appears, though, that any trade market (at the price the Vikings value AP) is thin at best.
As such the Vikings are banking on digging in their heels and bringing back Adrian Peterson into the fold for the 2015 campaign.
With Zimmer effectively ruling out any move, it remains to be seen whether Peterson is willing to come in from the cold. After today's events his only other option appears to be retirement.
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