Adrian Peterson has been cleared to return to the NFL. Now all that remains to be settled is where he will play next season.
Commissioner Roger Goodell sent the Minnesota Vikings star a letter on Thursday advising him of his reinstatement. Peterson missed most of last season while facing child abuse charges in Texas.
Goodell wrote that Peterson will have to fulfill all the obligations of his plea deal that reduced a felony charge to a misdemeanor.
Goodell also told Peterson he would have to continue attending counseling while adhering to the league’s new personal conduct policy to avoid further discipline.
Peterson’s agent has said the star running back wants to play elsewhere next season. But Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the team has no plans to trade Peterson, who recently turned 30.
“We look forward to Adrian re-joining the Vikings,” the team said in a statement issued after the announcement.
Peterson was indicted on abuse charges after inflicting injuries on his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch.
He played the opener against St. Louis, then sat out the remaining 15 games of the season while tangling with the league over the discipline.
Oakland takes steps
NFL Executive Vice President Eric Grubman visited Oakland, California, to press Raiders executives and city and county officials for signs of progress in their efforts to keep the team in the East Bay.
Since the Raiders announced their interest in moving to Carson, the city of Oakland and Alameda County have begun discussions with their development partner to advance Coliseum City, which would be built on the 120-acre Coliseum complex in East Oakland that they jointly own.
Around the league
Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny agreed to a one-year contract extension. The new deal will pay him $15 million over three seasons. … Kicker Kai Forbath has re-signed with the Washington Redskins. Forbath made 24 out of 27 field goals last season.
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