Even as he undergoes counseling for proper parenting, Adrian Peterson still has a chance for an NFL future.
Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman said on Wednesday that the team expects to have troubled RB Adrian Peterson back with the team in 2015.
In an interview with Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Spielman said the Vikings expect to have Peterson back with the team in 2015 despite his off-the-field controversy relating to his arrest, suspension and no-contest plea to child abuse that took place this past season
“I think our whole organization is on that same page (about Peterson),” Spielman said. “What team wouldn’t want an Adrian Peterson talent? He’s unique player that you don’t see come around too often and Adrian’s been a key part of our organization.
“He’s made a mistake. He’s doing everything and he’s got to follow through and rectify and do the things the NFL is requiring him to do.”
Peterson was the NFL MVP in 2012 after recording 2,097 rushing yards – 2nd most in a season in NFL history. His 98.0 rushing yards/game is the third highest in NFL history behind only Jim Brown and Barry Sanders.
But Peterson is also due to make $12.75 million next season – a rather hefty sum for a player who only played one game in 2014 – regardless of the reasons.
Peterson has not yet been reinstated by the NFL since being suspended by the league for the duration of the 2014 season after pleading no contest to child abuse charges from whipping his four-year-old son on the backside with a switch. He is currently appealing the suspension in order to be reinstated before the start of the March free agency period. Under his current suspension, Peterson would not be able to negotiate a deal with any team until April.