Adrian Peterson has informed the Minnesota Vikings that he will not attend the team’s optional team practices as the running back continues to attempt to force his way out of Minnesota.
Peterson will cost himself $250,000 in workout bonuses if he doesn’t show up. OTA’s begin on Tuesday.
Skipping the workouts isn’t anything particularly new to Peterson, although the running back did show up last year in Mike Zimmer’s first offseason as head coach.
But this offseason feels a little different. Peterson believes that the team didn’t show enough support for him during his child abuse charges last year, and now has expressed to the team that he wants to be traded.
That likely won’t happen, as Peterson is an important piece to the offense in quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s second season. Peterson has three more years left on his current contract, and he will make $12.75 million this coming season.
He’ll be subject to big fines should he skip the mandatory minicamp.