Adrian Peterson has spoken.
Well, technically the disgruntled Vikings running back released a statement to ESPN’s Josina Anderson. But hey, at least it is something.
Peterson, the only Vikings player not in attendance at today’s OTA, hasn’t commented publicly on his situation in months. But he broke his silence today after head coach Mike Zimmer made it clear that if Peterson wants to play in the NFL this season, it will have to be with the Vikings.
In the brief statement — which he ended with “Go Vikings” — Peterson said he does not want to be traded. He said his absence from OTAs has to do with “securing my future with the Vikings.”
With no guaranteed money in Peterson’s contract beyond this season, it’s not hard to read between the lines there.
Anyway, here’s the full statement that Peterson released to ESPN:
“The reason I’m not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded. It’s about securing my future with the Vikings. It’s business, not personal and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings.”