Adrian Peterson to miss start of organized team activities
MINNEAPOLIS - Running back Adrian Peterson won't be at Vikings organized team activities when they begin Tuesday, a source told the Pioneer Press on Sunday.
MINNEAPOLIS – Running back Adrian Peterson won’t be at Vikings organized team activities when they begin Tuesday, a source told the Pioneer Press on Sunday.
Peterson, who missed 15 games last season because of a child-abuse incident, has been disgruntled because he has not believed some in the Minnesota organization did enough to get him back on the field last fall. The Vikings have said they will not trade Peterson, who has three years left on his contract.
Peterson has not been with the Vikings during all of spring workouts. However, the start of OTAs is significant because Peterson has a $250,000 workout bonus that he won’t get unless he takes part in 90 percent of OTAs and minicamps. The Vikings also have OTAs June 2-4 and June 8-11 and a mandatory minicamp June 16-18.
The source does not know for sure but doubts that Peterson will attend any of the OTAs. Peterson last year participated in OTAs and minicamps.
Peterson has three years and $44.25 million left on his Vikings contract, including being on the books for $12.75 million in 2015. However, none of it is guaranteed.
The Vikings can fine Peterson up to $72,920 for missing next month’s mandatory minicamp. Throw in a possible loss of the $250,000 workout bonus, that means the most Peterson could lose during the spring is $322,920.
However, a source said the Vikings do not have to fine Peterson for missing the mandatory minicamp. It would be their option.
Training camp will start for the Vikings the final weekend of July.