Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) breaks a tackle from Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte (47) during overtime at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Chris Conte may not be able to get piggyback rides from Adrian Peterson as often as he used to. Part of the reason is because Conte may not be with the Bears next season, but more important to Chicago Bears fans, Adrian Peterson might be finished with the Minnesota Vikings after a contentious season in which Peterson was embroiled in an off-the-field mess for beating up his kid.
The ugly situation took an uglier turn at the NFL Scouting Combine last week when Peterson’s agent got into a tussle with Vikings brass:
"The decaying relationship between Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson and the organization took a dramatic turn during the combine last week in downtown Indianapolis: Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, had to be separated from a member of Minnesota’s front office during a heated verbal altercation about the former Pro Bowler, according to numerous sources with knowledge of the situation.According to the sources, Dogra engaged in a heated exchange with Vikings vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski during which the agent made it clear that Peterson would never play there again. The incident took place during a time when outside parties were in the vicinity. Finally, former Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik intervened, separating the men and diffusing the escalating tension, sources said."
Peterson has been upset that the Vikings didn’t have his back when his”disciplining” of his child got him sent to the Commissioner’s Exempt list and cost him a hefty chunk of the 2014 season. Too bad no one had his son’s back until it was too late, but that’s another topic for another day.
Peterson and Jerry Jones have expressed a mutual admiration for one another with varying reports about whether or not Peterson has formally requested a trade. The Vikings will have a decision to make when Peterson’s suspension ends on April 15th. Bringing him back triggers a $15.6 million cap hit.
This chaos on the Vkings is good news for the Chicago Bears who are in the midst of a rebuild. Losing Peterson could knock the Vikings back down to the last-place Bears level.