Adrian Peterson is coming back to the Minnesota Vikings, telling The Associated Press that he will participate in the team's voluntary practice on Tuesday and still has love for his team after nine months away.
Peterson sent an e-mail to the AP early Tuesday morning saying 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. He also skipped the team's voluntary practices last week while openly lamenting the fact that the final three years of his contract are not guaranteed.
"I've been away from the game for an entire season," Peterson wrote to the AP. "I wanted the chance to be around the players and coaches, the guys that really matter to me."
After skipping the three practices last week, Peterson tweeted that he was looking for more long-term security on a contract that has three years and roughly $45 million left on it, none of which is guaranteed. He told the AP that a family commitment caused him to miss the workouts but also said "it's normal procedure for any player in my position to want to secure his future."
Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, told The Associated Press they have received no assurances from the Vikings that changes to his contract are on the table.
CBSSports.com's Will Brinson reports that what no one has mentioned during Peterson's return so far is that if he misses the voluntary practices, it will cost him a $250,000 workout bonus.