Minnesota Vikings ownership has broken its silence on Adrian Peterson.
Team president Mark Wilf on Wednesday made the ownership group’s first public comments regarding the controversial star running back, and he admitted the team is open to having Peterson return. In fact, the Vikings would “love” to keep Peterson in Minnesota.
That seemed to be an uncertain proposition at best just a few months ago when Peterson was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list after being indicted for hitting his son with a stick as a form of discipline. The running back pleaded no contest and eventually was suspended for the rest of the season.
The Vikings, despite all of Peterson’s baggage, are still toying with the idea of bringing him back, Wilf said Wednesday.
“Adrian’s done a lot of good in this community,” Wilf said, according to ESPN.com. “He’s done a lot for us on the football field, as well. Of course, he’s a Minnesota Viking, and we’d love to have him back. And of course, a lot depends on the NFL and steps he’s making in his own personal journey. That’s where we’re at with it.”
Peterson technically is under contract with the Vikings for 2015. He’s owed $12.75 million next season. That’s a big number for a running back who will be 30 next month. However, Peterson appeared in just one game in 2014 for the Vikings.
April 15 is the earliest Peterson can be reinstated by the NFL.
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