MINNEAPOLIS -- Because we're approaching the date the NFL can reinstate Adrian Peterson, and because there was a fair amount of online chatter about the running back's visit to the Twin Cities this weekend, we thought we'd pass along that no, Peterson's visit did not seem to include any business meetings.
A league source said that Peterson, who was planning to fly back to Texas on Monday afternoon, did not meet with the Vikings during a long weekend in the Twin Cities. The running back met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last week and can be reinstated from the commissioner's exempt list as soon as April 15.
His future with the Vikings, though, is still unclear; Peterson told ESPN in February he didn't feel the organization supported him enough during his legal travails last fall, and his agent, Ben Dogra, said last month it isn't in Peterson's best interests to return to the Vikings. The team, however, told Dogra it will not release Peterson, and the Vikings have said they plan to keep the 2012 NFL MVP.
Peterson declined an interview request when he was approached at a Minneapolis restaurant on Monday morning. He said he wasn't sure if he would participate in any of the Vikings' offseason workouts. "We'll see," he said. "I haven't even been reinstated yet."
It sounded as though Peterson's trip to the Twin Cities was for personal reasons, and after meetings with ownership, as well as general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer, the running back has had several opportunities to discuss his concerns with team officials. At this point, it remains unclear when, and how, the impasse will be resolved.