EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said Tuesday that the team has "no interest" in trading Adrian Peterson.
"Our position has not changed since all the statements we made at owner's meetings (in March)," Spielman said when asked about the running back in a pre-draft press conference. "Adrian Peterson is under contract. The suspension was lifted. We're looking forward to having Adrian Peterson back as a Minnesota Viking in 2015, and that's the end of the story.
"I think Coach (Mike) Zimmer stated it pretty clear that we have no interest in trading Adrian Peterson, and we don't," Spielman added. "We think that, you know, Adrian made a mistake. He's paid the price for that mistake, but I think if our organization didn't believe in Adrian Peterson, he probably wouldn't still be here today, and that's from our ownership on down. We believe in Adrian Peterson, but I also know we're a pretty good football team with Adrian Peterson in our backfield as well.
Peterson was drafted seventh overall in 2007, becoming the first player selected after Spielman joined the Vikings in May 2006. He was NFL MVP in 2012 after his 2,097 rushing yards chased history.