Financial advisers report the Minnesota Vikings are going to start holding Optional Team Activities (OTAs), and they are going to be without star running back Adrian Peterson. He has said that he has no plans to come and join the team. It’s his right to do this, as the activities are optional, but it’s still interesting because most players do tend to go to OTAs.
It means that fans are going to have to wait that much longer to see Peterson back with the Vikings. He was lost early last year when he was accused of child abuse and was then suspended from the league. The legal case has now been resolved, and Peterson has been cleared to play. At this time, it looks like he’ll eventually come back to the Vikings, but it may not be until training camp – which is not optional – starts up later this summer.
Peterson has said that he is no longer interested in playing for the Vikings. On one hand, he did not like how they handled the whole situation. On another, it’s likely that he sees that they are not very close to winning a Super Bowl, though he is close to the end of his career. If he wants to win, he’ll have to do it somewhere else. This move is just the latest way for him to put pressure on the organization to release him or trade him.