Adrian Peterson won't be released by Vikings, his agent says

A trade still remains a possibility for Peterson, who has expressed uneasiness over returning to the Vikings

Adrian Peterson won't be cut by the Minnesota Vikings.

The star running back's agent, Ben Dogra, told media outlets Wednesday that Vikings general manager Rick Spielman had informed him of that decision earlier in the day.



March 24, 9:27 a.m.: An earlier version of this post incorectly stated that Peterson has one year left on his contract with the Vikings. He has three years remaining.


"It was important for me to relay the position the Vikings are taking to Adrian," Dogra told Fox Sports. "I want to make sure there is absolutely no confusion whatsoever."

The reports come after a meeting Monday in New York between Peterson and several top members of the Vikings organization, including Spielman and owners Mark and Zygi Wilf. Earlier this month Spielman and Coach Mike Zimmer also met with Peterson in Houston, where the 2012 MVP makes his home.

Peterson played just one game in 2014, spending most of the season either on the commissioner's exempt list or suspended after being indicted by a grand jury in Texas on a felony charge of injury to a child.

He still has three years left on his contract with the Vikings. But during an ESPN interview last month, Peterson expressed uneasiness about returning to the team and seemed to be under the impression that decision would be left up to him.

That apparently isn't the case -- but it doesn't necessarily mean Peterson will be on Minnesota's roster in the fall. The Vikings are free to trade Peterson, who is back on the exempt list after after U.S. District Court judge lifted his suspension last month.

The NFL has filed an appeal in an attempt to reinstate the suspension.

All of that might make it a bit tricky to trade Peterson ... and that might make things a bit awkward in the Vikings locker room next season.

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