Steelers MMQB: NFL OTAs Wrap Up

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May 27, 2015; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer looks over his team as they stretch to start practice at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

What We Learned During the First Week of OTAs in the NFL:

  • Peterson tries to be sympathetic figure in problem of his own making
  • Cowboys Hardy’s appeal concluded
  • Ray McDonald can’t stop getting arrested
  • Brady’s appeal date set
  • Two St. Louis Rams players live as homeless for a night
  • Manziel gets harassed at a golf tournament
  • Steelers start OTAs off with two-point drill

Football in shorts is in full swing across the league and while it will be a while till there is some actual contact between these players; there is no shortage of stories in today’s NFL. Whether it’s deflated footballs, domestic violence or some weird contract holdout there is always something to talk about.

Peterson’s Twitter rant, Zimmer doesn’t flinch

The odd thing about the contract dispute Adrian Peterson seems to be having with the Minnesota Vikings is that he keeps trying to make himself out to be a sympathetic figure. He’s all but shouted on the rooftops that he wants a trade and was hoping that his demands of Minnesota guaranteeing the $46 million he has remaining on his contract would lead them to trade him.

Instead, they’re just fine with playing this game of chicken with him. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said last week that Peterson isn’t going anywhere. He said Peterson “can play for us, or he cannot play.” Pretty clear cut and that prompted Peterson to go on a questionable Twitter rant (are there any other kinds?).

Peterson is currently sitting out the Vikings OTAs apparently in the hopes he can get his contract guaranteed or get traded. This is probably going to end very anticlimactically. Just to be clear, Peterson is mad that the Vikings want him to honor his contract and aren’t releasing him outright or trading him for picks or something. He’s actually mad at that but thinks it’s awful NFL owners don’t always honor contracts the players sign.

Next: Greg Hardy's appeal complete