The current Minnesota Vikings regime has had experience with a holdout in the past.
Following a 2014 season that only saw him play in one game due to getting suspended and being placed on the commissioner’s exempt list, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson made the interesting decision to stage a holdout in 2015.
Peterson planned to skip the Vikings’ OTAs in 2015 in order to get a trade or a better contract. A few months prior, rumors began to spread about his desire for Minnesota to deal him elsewhere. However, the Vikings made it clear that Peterson was either going to play for them or no one in 2015.
Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer didn’t hold back when he was asked about his running back wanting a trade. Zimmer simply stated, “he’s got two choices. He can play for us or not play.”
Adrian Peterson eventually ended his holdout with the Minnesota Vikings.
After Zimmer’s comments, Peterson returned to the team a few days later. His plan to get the Vikings to trade him certainly didn’t work out.
A few weeks later, Minnesota and Peterson were actually able to agree to a restructured deal that resulted in the running back getting $13 million in fully-guaranteed money. Prior to the renegotiation, none of the money left on the remaining three years of his contract was fully guaranteed.
So even though Peterson didn’t get his wish for the Vikings to trade him, he still got them to express their commitment to him with the restructured deal. For something that could have turned out much worse, the veteran running back ended up making out pretty well.
Currently, Minnesota is potentially entering a similar situation with running back Dalvin Cook. Recently, it was reported that Cook will no longer participate in any Vikings team activities until he gets an extension.
Will this version end in a similar way to how everything went down with Peterson? Minnesota has proven in the recent past that they are willing to stand their ground and this could be their plan, once again, when it comes to figuring out what to do with Cook.