The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... When Peterson skips this week's organized team activities for the Vikings, he will attempt to send an unmistakable message to the franchise: He wants to be traded. That's what a source within the star running back's inner circle told Yahoo Sports on Sunday night.
Diehards Line: Despite months of overtures by the Vikings, Peterson has not wavered privately about his wish to continue his career with another franchise. Indeed, the source told Yahoo's Charles Robinson that Peterson believes he already made ownership and the Vikings' front office aware that he wanted a trade in face-to-face meetings this offseason. The St. Paul Pioneer Press first reported that Peterson won't be at the start of team workouts, which begin Tuesday. But Robinson's source, who has been a longtime Peterson confidant, told Yahoo Sports that the running back intends to sit out all of the team's offseason workouts, an act that would cause him to forfeit a $250,000 workout bonus. The longtime confidant said Peterson has not yet made a decision about sitting out of the team's mandatory minicamp in June or training camp in late July. And even though his agent has been seeking a reworked contract from the Vikings that would secure more guaranteed money for his client, Peterson's confidant told Robinson that this has evolved into a far more personal issue between the player and the team and is not a matter of finances. The source said that for Peterson it has "never been about the money," and that the running back is adamant about playing elsewhere. We'll remind you he doesn't have much leverage here. But we'll continue to follow up.