"Adrian was always great with me. I think he's a good person," Zimmer said, via ESPN.com. "I think obviously he's a great running back, and if it works out that way and things work out and he gets his life in order -- that's the most important thing, he gets his life in order, he gets the opportunity to come back -- then I will be in his corner whatever the decision is made.
"I think he would add value to any team, to be honest with you. I think the kid's a heck of a football player."
Peterson suggested earlier this month that he would be averse to a pay cut because he believes he's just now entering the prime of his career.
"We would love to know ASAP," Zimmer added, "just so we can start going because, a guy like him, your football team and your offense can be different (if) you have him and you don't have him. It's how you want to build the team around him, at least in my opinion, anyway."