After almost nine months away from the fold it appears that the Adrian Peterson saga is finally over.
The controversial running back - who's future has been the subject of intense speculation since he was indicted for injuring his child while disciplining him back in September 2014 - confirmed he plans to attend Minnesota Vikings OTAs today.
In announcing his decision not to hold out any longer, Peterson revealed the thought process behind his recent actions as well as his hopes moving forward.
"I'm returning because I want to. I'm a part of this football team and I owe it to the guys I play with and to our coaches," Peterson told ESPN on Tuesday.
"I was planning on coming in this week, and I'm looking forward to getting back on the field. It's what I love to do."
The latest development looks to have finally ended debate about whether AP will be wearing a Vikings uniform come the 2015 season.
For months there looked to be a standoff between the franchise (denying Peterson would be traded away) and Peterson's own team (insisting his future lay elsewhere). Just last week the 2012 NFL MVP was give an ultimatum by head coach Mike Zimmer and, despite continuing to seek clarification on his big money contract, it looks like Peterson has been the first to blink.
Indeed, ESPN reports that the Vikings have not given any assurances to Peterson that his contract will be restructured to include guaranteed money.
Long time coming
While that remains the long term goal for Adrian Peterson the veteran, after virtually a full season out, couldn't wait any longer to return - revealing that it would have happened last week had it not been for family business.
"I've been watching this game from the sidelines for far too long," Peterson said. "My teammates and coaches are important to me. Those relationships matter, and I owe it to those guys."
"I knew I wanted to come in this week. I had a family obligation last week but I'm ready to put on a Vikings uniform again and get back to work."
The news will delight fans of the Vikings who had feared that their star man could still wind up elsewhere come Week One in September.
Instead, with a full training camp and preseason in which to rebuild bridges and acclimatize to a new offensive system, the future suddenly looks a lot brighter for Minnesota and Adrian Peterson.
Vikings fans: With Peterson back in the fold, how far can Minnesota go in 2015? Have your say in the comments below...
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