Such is the game of leverage, in which Zimmer and the Vikes had plenty and Peterson has just about none. After months of posturing, leaks and tweets, Peterson arrived at Vikings headquarters on Tuesday morning ready to move on.
It's a best-case scenario for the Vikings, who can move forward without a gigantic distraction hanging over the franchise like a angry thunder cloud. The best player in franchise history is ready to play football again.
"There's not a prettier sight than when he's got the ball in his hands," said Zimmer, who should be praised for how he handled a very sensitive situation.
Peterson followed on the podium and also comported himself well. He accepted blame for his disappearance from the lineup last season and explained why he struggled with the decision to return to the Vikings. Now he can get back to being the baddest running back on the planet.
There's no underplaying how much a healthy and motivated Adrian Peterson can mean to this team. Teddy Bridgewater was playing like a 10-year starter by the end of his rookie season, doing it all without A.P., who should have been his security blanket as the quarterback navigated through his first season.
Better late than never. Bridgewater gets Peterson now, and the two have the potential to anchor a legitimate sleeper team in the NFC.
Here's what else we learned in Tuesday's OTAs:
- Browns coach Mike Pettine took exception to a report that Cleveland appears to have moved on from Johnny Manziel from a schematic standpoint. "It doesn't thrill me," Pettine said of the report. "I don't pay much attention to what's going on outside of the building, but when it potentially can drive a spike between the staff and the team, I have issues with it."
- Speaking of former college legends struggling to make it at the next level, Tim Tebow isn't lighting up Eagles OTAs according to one reporter. "Tim Tebow has a ways to go," CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher told PFT Live. "Not very accurate today. I think I'm being kind." This is why "Player X working with QB guru" remains one of our offseason tropes to view with suspicion.
- Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix showed much promise in his rookie season, and teammate Micah Hyde expects even more in 2015. "From Year 1 to Year 2, he's going to make a huge jump," Hyde said, via the Press Gazette. Clinton-Dix already earned our eternal respect with his Key & Peele cameo in January.
- There's reason for optimism for that offense in Miami. Here's Dolphins linebacker Jelani Jenkins on wide receiver DeVante Parker, the team's first-round pick: "He's an animal," Jenkins said, via the Miami Herald. "He goes and gets the ball wherever it is. He's aggressive. He knows how to use his body. I'm really impressed with him."