Running back Adrian Peterson will not be in attendance Tuesday at Winter Park when the Vikings begin their first week of voluntary organized team activities, a league source confirmed. He instead plans to remain in Texas.
The 30-year-old has remained in contact with coach Mike Zimmer and the Vikings since he was reinstated by the NFL last month. But as of Sunday night, the team had not heard one way or another from Peterson about whether he plans to be in the building this week for the first OTAs.
Peterson is not required to attend the voluntary workouts, but the $250,000 workout bonus in his contract is tied to participation in spring workouts.
It is worth noting that he has often missed voluntary workouts in the past.
The first time that Peterson — and the rest of his Vikings teammates — are required to show up at Winter Park is next month’s mandatory minicamp. If he opts to skip any of those workouts, the Vikings can choose to fine him.
Peterson is under contract through 2017 and is scheduled to make $12.75 million in base salary this season, assuming he eventually rejoins the team.
This winter, he expressed displeasure with the organization for a lack of support when he was penalized by the NFL after he was charged with child abuse in Texas last September. He has not spoken publicly in months, so it is unclear if Peterson still harbors strong resentment towards the Vikings.
Staying away from Winter Park through the mandatory minicamp, which is June 16-18, would be a pretty good indication that he does.