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Zimmer: Vikings have ‘no plans to trade Peterson’

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Running back Adrian Peterson is not long for the Minnesota Vikings, if you ask his agent, Ben Dogra. Coach Mike Zimmer told another story Wednesday on the final day of NFL owners meetings.

“I’m not going to speculate on what he wants or doesn’t want,” Zimmer said during the NFC coaches breakfast at the Biltmore. “Adrian is under contract with us for three more years. That’s why you sign those contracts. Why you get this big bonuses, you know. But yeah, we are planning on him being here.”

Dogra has said in no uncertain terms that Peterson is ready to move on. This week, he told USA Today “We want out of Minnesota.”

Peterson hasn’t played since September and at 30 is owed $45 million on the final years of his contract with the Vikings. The Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys are the teams most frequently tied to Peterson trade rumors. Zimmer said such talks are just that.

“We have no plans to trade Adrian, no,” Zimmer said, one day after he said unequivocally that wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson will not be traded despite reports to the contrary.

The Vikings’ primary sponsor, Radisson Hotels, suspended their relationship with the Vikings in 2014 and the public outcry from fans was strong – both in support and criticism of the team and Peterson. Zimmer said that element is not likely to be a major consideration for the Vikings.

“He’s done some unbelievable things in our community and our state,” Zimmer said. “We’re supporting him until he gets back. All of his teammates are excited to get him back, coaches and organization and fans. So should be all systems go.”

While Peterson is not working out with the team and his status for 2015 has not been fully clarified during ongoing legal entanglements and appeals, Zimmer made it clear the Vikings believe he has plenty of great football left.

“He looked great when I saw him,” Zimmer said. “He’s an unbelievable athlete. He’s not like – they say he’s a 30-year-old running back. But I think he’s way different. He breaks all the standards.”


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