Adrian Peterson Officially a No-Show For Vikings Offseason Workouts


Nobody expected Adrian Peterson to come out for the Vikings’ voluntary offseason program, so it’s no surprise that the running back is officially a no-show as of Monday morning.

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Peterson never showed for this kind of stuff under normal circumstances so why should he appear now when he’s apparently trying to force his way out of Minnesota? Would have been a weird move for him to show up.

All things being equal, I imagine the Vikings are happy that Peterson elected to stay away. Who needs the media circus this early in the year? Let Tim Tebow and the Eagles suck up all the ESPN attention.

Of course the cameras won’t stay away forever. When minicamp begins and Peterson is officially a hold-out, then the attention will ramp up.

Maybe the situation will be resolved before things turn into a full-fledged circus. Maybe Peterson will be traded by then. Maybe he’ll be cut. Maybe he’ll retire to a desert island.

Okay, he probably won’t be cut or retire, but he could still be traded. Barring that, the only other likely outcome is a protracted staredown that ends with Peterson caving and reporting to camp. Once the money starts being subtracted from his contract, Peterson will probably find those negative feelings about Minnesota evaporating somewhat.

How much does Peterson want to leave? Is he willing to lose money in order to force the Vikings’ hand? I doubt it. Most such hold-out situations end with the player relenting and showing up. But we’re a long way from that day.

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