Adrian Peterson’s uneasiness with the Minnesota Vikings might be growing with the newest report regarding the team and the suspended running back.
CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora reported Monday that Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, and Vikings vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski got into a "heated verbal altercation" about Peterson last week in Indianapolis for the annual NFL Scouting Combine.
The team has expressed interest publicly about Peterson returning after he missed all but one game last season after facing charges of whipping his 4-year-old son. Owner and president Mark Wilf, general manager Rick Spielman, coach Mike Zimmer and even newly-promoted COO Kevin Warren have publicly said they would welcome a return for the team’s all-time leading rusher.
But Peterson is still suspended and is facing reinstatement on April 15. Meanwhile, the NFL Players Association is suing the league in support of Peterson to get the running back reinstated immediately.
Peterson, who will be 30 years old when next season begins, is also due $12.75 million in 2015 on the contract he signed in 2011 making him the league’s highest paid running back.
Peterson expressed uneasiness last week in speaking with ESPN and said some harsh feelings still had to be alleviated before he returns to the Vikings.
The relationship began to decay, in Peterson’s eyes, when the team worked with the NFL to place him on the league’s commissioner exempt list while he dealt with his legal situation. Peterson feels he hasn’t had full support from everyone in the organization, according to reports.
The report Monday of an argument only further demonstrates the weakening relationship between the club and its running back. Spielman, Zimmer and much of the team has to avoid contact with Peterson while he is suspended.
But CBS’ report Monday said Dogra and Brzezinski had to be separated by former Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik. CBS said the confrontation was observed by "outside parties."
According to the CBS, one person close to Peterson said, "He will never play another game for the Vikings. It’s over."
Speaking with a group of local reporters in Indianapolis last week, Spielman said, "Our whole organization is on that same page. . . . He’s a unique player you don’t see come around too often. 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, rectifying and doing the things the NFL is requiring him to do.
"We expect Adrian Peterson to be part of our football team."