Adrian Peterson is in Minnesota, will join Vikings for offseason work


Adrian Peterson is in Minnesota and will participate in the Vikings' organized team activities Tuesday, ESPN reports.

"I'm returning because I want to," Peterson told ESPN. "I'm a part of this football team and I owe it to the guys I play with and to our coaches. 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."

Peterson said he missed the first week of OTAs for a "family obligation."

Head coach Mike Zimmer will join Peterson for a press conference at 2:30 p.m. today.

The running back has been away from the team since September, spending time on the commissioner's exempt list before being suspended. When voluntary offseason work started last month, the 30-year-old did not attend but said it had nothing to do with wanting a trade (despite suggestions to the contrary weeks earlier from his agent).

Last week, Peterson sent a string of tweets concerning the NFL and the state of players' contracts.

ESPN's Ben Goessling says in the story a recent conversation with head coach Mike Zimmer made a difference.

Contract unchanged... for now

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, Peterson's arrival in Minnesota comes without a change to his contract.

"I have an agent who handles any contractual questions or business-related questions, but it's normal procedure for any player in my position to want to secure his future," Peterson wrote in an email to the Associated Press.

There's a belief in NFL circles that Peterson and his agent, Ben Dogra, are urging the Vikings to add guaranteed money to the running back's contract as a measure to convince Peterson to retire as a Viking.

The Vikings have contractual control over Peterson through 2017, and none of the remaining $45 million on the deal is guaranteed.

Update: Yahoo's Charles Robinson expects the Vikings to "lock in some contract guarantees" for Peterson in the "coming days."

Explosive offense with Peterson?

Peterson's return to the backfield will immediately compliment what's expected to be an improved passing game under offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Not only is quarterback Teddy Bridgewater entering his second season, which many believe will be a breakout year for him, the offense added a legitimate deep threat in wide receiver Mike Wallace.

Bridgewater will also have the options of up-and-coming wideouts Charles Johnson and Jarius Wright, Cordarrelle Patterson, who has been working hard this off-season to erase doubts following a subpar second season, and tight end Kyle Rudolph, who is healthy following an injury-plagued 2014 season.

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