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Adrian Peterson's agent wants 'commitment' from Vikings

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With a potential trade seemingly off the table and his reinstatement finalized, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson appears to want to stay in Minnesota for the rest of his career - if the Vikings will commit to him. REUTERS/Tom Lynn/Files

With a potential trade seemingly off the table and his reinstatement finalized, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson appears to want to stay in Minnesota for the rest of his career - if the Vikings will commit to him. REUTERS/Tom Lynn/Files

With Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson seemingly not going anywhere, his agent is now turning his focus to Peterson's contract.

The Vikings have said they do not intend to trade Peterson, and the first round came and went Thursday without Peterson being dealt.

"One of the things that I appreciate with the Vikings is their resolve to say, 'We're not trading him,'" agent Ben Dogra told USA Today. "That tells me they value him not only as a football player but what he's done for the organization.

"But actions speak louder than words. If ... you want to keep him, then show him a commitment to make him retire as a Viking. And I haven't had that solution."

Peterson is under contract for three more years, for a total of $46 million. But none of it is guaranteed, which apparently is what Dogra is seeking.

Peterson has remained away from offseason workouts, and Dogra did not say whether Peterson would be with the team when organized team activities begin May 26.

"That's Adrian's decision," Dogra said. "He's a grown man. He's got strong principles. He's endured a lot. It's when he feels that true commitment. Adrian's a very passionate person, very transparent. It's when he feels it's right."

As for trade options for Peterson, general manager Rick Spielman said, "I'm not getting into who called or not called. Adrian Peterson is under contract as a Minnesota Viking. End of story."

Peterson was reinstated by the NFL in April, returning to active status for the first time since September, when child-abuse charges involving his 4-year-old son led to seven months on the sideline.

Peterson has spent his entire career with the Vikings. Since being drafted out of Oklahoma in 2007, he has rushed for 10,190 yards and scored 86 touchdowns.

 


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