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Report: Peterson’s agent spurns Vikings’ GM


Adrian Peterson’s agent reportedly declined a request by Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman to meet at the league meetings next week in Phoenix.

Ben Dogra turned down a dinner meeting with Spielman, Yahoo Sports reported Friday.

It is the latest report of contentious communication between Dogra and the Vikings regarding Peterson, the star running back who remains on the commissioner’s exempt list as the NFL appeals a ruling overturning his suspension.

Dogra reportedly had an altercation with chief contract negotiator Rob Brzezinski at the Combine in Indianapolis last month as Dogra told the Vikings that Peterson was done in Minneapolis.

On Wednesday, Dogra let it be known that the Vikings had told him they will not release the running back.

On Monday in New York, Peterson reportedly met with team owners Zygi and Mark Wilf, plus Spielman, about his concerns over a return to Minnesota.

Earlier this month, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and Spielman spent more than four hours talking with Peterson at his home in Houston, trying to convince Peterson that he should remain with the Vikings.

After that meeting, Peterson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson: “I appreciate Rick and coach Zimmer coming down to see me today. We had a great dialogue and they were able to understand where I was coming from and concerns my family and I still have. We respect each other and hopefully the situation can pan out so that everyone involved is content.”

Peterson previously had expressed concerns that the Vikings did not support him and he has said he is “uneasy” about returning to the team.

Peterson, who turns 30 on Saturday, has three years remaining on his contract and is owed $12.75 million next season. He reportedly has expressed interest in playing for his home-state Dallas Cowboys or for the Arizona Cardinals.

Peterson was placed on the exempt list in September, when charges were filed alleging Peterson had abused his 4-year-old son. Peterson claimed he did not intend injury while disciplining the boy with a wooden switch.

Peterson avoided jail time, pleading no contest to reckless assault on Nov. 4, and commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Peterson for the rest of the season for a violation of the personal conduct policy. The suspension was to run through April 15.

Peterson was placed back on the exempt list last month after federal judge David Doty ordered the NFL to vacate his suspension. The NFL has appealed Doty’s decision.

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