AP wants out, Vikings sign two defenders 25 Mar 15

UNDATED (AP) — Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings have reached a standstill in their relationship.

Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, said in an interview on Tuesday that he believes a return to Minnesota this season is not in the “best interest” of the standout running back.

Peterson previously expressed uneasiness about continuing to play for the Vikings, but Dogra has advanced that stance to the point of wanting out. General manager Rick Spielman has told Dogra the team doesn’t plan to release Peterson, who turned 30 on Saturday.

The Vikings have leverage with Peterson’s contract, which covers the next three years with a $12.75 million salary for 2015. However, none of the remaining money on the deal is guaranteed.

The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on contracts with linebacker Casey Matthews and safety Taylor Mays.

Matthews played the past four seasons with Philadelphia, starting 15 of 65 games for the Eagles. The former fourth-round draft pick from Oregon had a career-high 62 tackles last season. He’s the younger brother of Green Bay Packers standout Clay Matthews.

Mays was a second-round draft pick out of USC by San Francisco in 2010 and traded by the 49ers the following year to the Cincinnati Bengals, where he played three seasons under defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. Zimmer has started his second year as coach of the Vikings.

Mays will likely compete with incumbent Robert Blanton for a starting spot next to Harrison Smith.