Head coach Mike Zimmer and General Manager Rick Spielman have said since the season ended that the Vikings would like to have suspended running back Adrian Peterson back in 2015. Players publicly voiced support for Peterson all season long, too, saying they would welcome him back.
But on Friday, veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings took things a step further in a radio interview.
"I don't know if he'll be back. I can't answer that question," Jennings said in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio. "But what I do know is that if he does come back, he'd be accepted with open arms. As an organization from the Wilfs on down, we all want him back. So, I mean, it's a touchy subject and he's been the franchise player — face of that team — for eight years. So it will be a loss, a huge loss, if we can't get him back, and that's the nature of this business."
Jennings' comment was interesting because we haven't heard from Zygi and Mark Wilf since the Vikings reinstated Peterson in September following his child abuse charge and then — while "trying to get it right" — sat him down again by allowing him to be placed on the commissioner's exempt list. And the Wilfs haven't publicly stated whether the Vikings would like to have Peterson back in 2015.
Now, it's fair to wonder how much Jennings is in the loop when it comes to the team's plans for Peterson. After all, he could have just been making a blanket statement in support of Peterson. But his comments are worth noting with Peterson in limbo.