Both sides have spent the offseason digging in their heels for what looks like a bitter tug-of-war with no ending in sight.
"He's really got two choices: He can play for us. Or he cannot play," Zimmer told the assembled media at offseason workouts.
Peterson, of course, has not made himself available for any of the Vikings' voluntary offseason workouts so far. Zimmer also added that Peterson gave no indication as to when he'll make it up north and put his old uniform on again.
At this point, it seems more important for the Vikings to hold their position than anything. Although Peterson can ultimately retire, it's hard to imagine the game's best running back walking away at 30, and with more than $40 million on the table.
Without him, they're still a team missing their superstar.