With the standoff seemingly over between the Minnesota Vikings and Adrian Peterson, the star running back rejoined the team’s practice -- his first in about nine months -- and immediately impressed some of his teammates. "I haven't been around him a year, or six months. I didn't know he'd come back in this type of shape," Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said to ESPN. "The guy is in unbelievable shape, like he hadn't missed a step, and he's out to prove a point."
Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner agreed with Munnerlyn and was glad that Peterson can now suit up for the team. "I've been around a lot of these guys a lot of years, and he's one of the top guys I've been around," Turner said in the same article. "He just comes out and looks like he hasn't missed a day. It was nice having him."
Peterson was suspended and then reinstated by the team after his involvement in a child injury case. Peterson is due to be paid $12.75 million for the 2015 NFL season but his contract is not guaranteed for subsequent years. Before rejoining the organized team activities, the controversial running back sounded off on Twitter about the lack of guaranteed contracts in the NFL.
There had been multiple reports that Peterson wanted out of Minnesota, but the Vikings were adamant in not trading him in this offseason.
Despite the off-field issues, Peterson is still considered one of the best running backs in the league. He played in only one game last season due to his suspension but is a six-time NFL Pro Bowler, from 2007 to 2010, 2012 and 2013 and a three-time member of the NFL All-Pro First Team in 2008, 2009 and 2012.