On Wednesday, Minnesota Vikings' general manager Rick Spielman held court with the Twin Cities media, and he had some interesting things to say about running back Adrian Peterson. The biggest revelation that came out of the talk is that it appears that Spielman is among those that would like to see Peterson back in Minnesota next season.
"There's no question on what Adrian Peterson has done for this organization on the field, and what he is as a football player," Spielman said in a news conference with Minnesota reporters on Wednesday. "I think people tend to forget, Adrian did make a mistake, he admitted he made a mistake, he went through the process in the court system. He is currently suspended by the NFL right now, but he's done a lot of positive things in this community as well. I've been here his whole career. I know what type of person Adrian is. But I also know that we have to follow everything that's put in place for us. Is there a resolution? Not right now. All I know is where we stand today."
The "resolution" might not come until 15 April, which is the earliest that Peterson can be reinstated. It also came out during the press session that the team can't have any contact with Peterson while he's suspended, which is absolutely re-fricking-diculous, but that's another topic for another time.
So, to review thus far. . .Adrian Peterson's teammates want Adrian Peterson back, Adrian Peterson's coach wants Adrian Peterson back, and Adrian Peterson's general manager wants Adrian Peterson back. You would think that's a pretty decent start so far.
Unfortunately, the two opinions that matter most are the ones that we don't know right now. . .and those opinions belong to the Wilf family and to Adrian Peterson himself. Those are the ones that will determine whether or not Adrian Peterson is sharing a backfield with Teddy Bridgewater for the 2015 season. We'll talk more about that here shortly.