On Tuesday, the Minnesota Vikings will begin their Organized Team Activities (or OTAs) for this offseason as they begin their preparations for the 2015 NFL slate. In what shouldn't come as a huge surprise, their most prominent player is likely not going to be there.
Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting that running back Adrian Peterson will not be attending the team's workouts when they get underway at Winter Park. There are three different OTA sessions (26-28 May, 2-4 June, 8-11 June), and Peterson is not expected to attend any of them. Tomasson's story says that Peterson still feels that the team didn't do enough to get him back on the field last season, and that's the genesis for his not showing up at these workouts.
The team likely won't fine Peterson for missing the OTAs, but he will forfeit a $250,000 workout bonus for not attending 90% of the team's OTAs and mini-camps. If he chooses to skip the team's mandatory mini-camp from 16-18 June, the Vikings can fine him as much as $72,920, which means that Peterson could miss out on well over $300,000 by staying at home until Training Camp starts in late July.
As we've detailed in the past, if Peterson chooses not to show up for Training Camp, the team could start fining him as much as $30,000 a day. Hopefully Peterson and
JoJo the Idiot Circus Boy Ben Dogra won't let it get to that. This team doesn't need any further distractions at this point.
EDIT: This late addition from ESPN's Ben Goessling:
For what it's worth, I'm hearing Peterson did not tell Mike Zimmer directly he wouldn't be attending OTAs.— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingESPN) May 25, 2015