Adrian Peterson is back in Minnesota and plans on attending organized team activities with the Vikings, starting Tuesday. Peterson and Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. from the team's Winter Park practice facility.
"I decided to come back just to get around my teammates and the coaching staff," Peterson wrote to ESPN on Tuesday. "There's never been any love lost with those guys. Basically it's time for me to come in and test the waters and re-familiarize myself with our offense and the direction they're trying to go in."
The Vikings official Twitter account posted video of Peterson walking out onto the practice field Tuesday morning.
After missing the three practices last week, Peterson tweeted that he was looking for more long-term security on a contract with three years left and about $45 million left on it, none of it which is guaranteed. Ben Dogra, Peterson's agent, told the Associated Press that they have received no assurances from the Vikings that changes to his contract are on the table.
Zimmer said last week that Peterson "can play for us, or he cannot play." Peterson's response: "The conversation between Mike Zimmer and I went well. He was able to express what place (his comments) came from and I was able to listen. I was also able to express how I received that and we came to common ground about it. That was the end of it. I told him to tell the family I said hello and I'll see you next week."
Peterson said he's excited to put on a uniform again after missing the final 15 games of last season while addressing child abuse charges in Texas.
"I've been away from the game for an entire season," he said. "I wanted the chance to be around the players and coaches, the guys that really matter to me."
According to Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the team will be accepting Peterson with "welcoming arms" on Tuesday.
"We know what he means to this team," Bridgewater told the Associated Press. "He's done some great things in the community here. He's done some great things for this franchise and this organization. So, we can't wait to have him."