MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings are still working on their relationship.
Three people with knowledge of the visit, speaking Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, confirmed that Peterson met Monday with Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf and general manager Rick Spielman in the New York area.
That was a sequel of sorts to a trip that Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer took last Wednesday to Peterson's home outside of Houston, a four-hour meeting that by all accounts was cordial but still left Peterson with some concerns about the organization.
"We had a great dialogue, and they were able to understand where I was coming from and concerns my family and I still have," Peterson said that day. "We respect each other, and hopefully the situation can pan out so that everyone involved is content."
News of the latest meeting was first reported by USA Today.
The Vikings have repeatedly said they want Peterson back. Still, for a soon-to-be-30-year-old running back, his $12.75 million salary for 2015 is a lot despite his decorated career featuring six Pro Bowl selections and a 2,097-yard season in 2012.
There's no guaranteed money left on his contract, giving Peterson reason to proceed deliberately about his future.
The child abuse case involving injuries to Peterson's 4-year-old son that led to an NFL suspension under the personal conduct policy has been resolved, but Peterson has expressed uneasiness about returning to Minnesota. In an interview with ESPN last month, he called the collaboration between the Vikings and the NFL to place him on paid leave the week after he was indicted in Texas "an ambush."
Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Peterson until at least April 15, but the league arbitrator's denial of Peterson's appeal was rebuked by the federal judge who heard a petition from the NFL Players Association to vacate that arbitration decision. The league appealed to a higher court but returned Peterson to the special exempt list he spent much of last season on.
Tuesday was the day NFL teams could begin trading players, the dawn of the new league year that also signaled the start of free agency. Regardless of whether or not Peterson were to remain on the roster for 2015, the Vikings were unlikely to spend much money on a veteran running back on the open market. They've got Jerick McKinnon, their leading rusher last season, and a deep draft pool at the position to tap into if needed.
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