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NFL notebook: Peterson says he wants secure future with Vikings

Running back Adrian Peterson, the only player on the Minnesota Vikings' roster who did not show up for the first week of OTAs, kept his name in the headlines Thursday.

Running back Adrian Peterson, the only player on the Minnesota Vikings' roster who did not show up for the first week of OTAs, kept his name in the headlines Thursday.

Not coincidentally, it was one day after coach Mike Zimmer said Peterson's "not going to play for anybody else. That's just the way it's going to be."

Peterson apparently thinks Zimmer insinuated the great running back was angling for a trade. Not so, Peterson said in an interview with ESPN. Then he also tweeted Thursday that he believes NFL contracts are too one-sided in favor of the teams.

"The reason I'm not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded," he said to ESPN. "It's about securing my future with the Vikings. It's business, not personal, and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings."

Peterson has three years and $46 million left on his contract. None of it is guaranteed. His agent, Ben Dogra, backed off on trade demands once the draft was over. But the new squabble obviously is over the fact there is no more guaranteed money in Peterson's current deal.

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On Thursday, Peterson complained via Twitter about the unfair nature of NFL contracts, where players are held to the deals but teams can release players at their discretion.

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