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UPDATE: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson to meet with NFL this week about reinstatement

Adrian Peterson will meet with the NFL this week in regards to his possible reinstatement. The Minnesota Vikings RB has been on the commissioner's exempt list since September following a domestic abuse incident involving his 4-year-old son. He becomes eligible for reinstatement April 15.


SS James Ihedigbo will hold out of Lions OTAs unless he gets paid

Lions safety James Ihedigbo will skip the team's OTAs, which begin later this month, unless he is handed a new, more lucrative contract, his agent said Tuesday. Ihedigbo was one of the top safeties in the league last year and is due to be paid $1.1 million this season, his final one under contract.


Packers LB Sam Barrington on the starting ILB job: It's mine to lose

The Packers have been searching for a dominant inside linebacker for years, shuffling players around. Now with A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones gone, Sam Barrington is their projected starting inside linebacker, and he's taking his job very seriously.
"I'm not approaching it that it 'could' be. I'm approaching like it is," Barrington said. "When you take out all the pleasing everybody's emotions, I'm the veteran inside linebacker. It's my defense. What's mine right now is mine to lose. So I approach it with a serious mentality."
Barrington continued talking about how he fully intends to protect his job and be highly productive.
"Anything you have ownership of you tend to do anything to protect it, and you want to watch it grow. So that's my mentality. It's a position I'm looking to protect. Not violently, not maliciously, but I'll protect it with my production. I want to see this defense take new heights and finally have an identity."


RB Matt Forte absent as Bears open up voluntary workouts

Despite being the fifth-highest-paid running back in the league, Matt Forte is not happy with his contract. He did not attend the Bears' voluntary workouts on Monday but did tweet that he was working out at an athletic performance facility in South Florida.
The disgruntled RB is set to make $8.2 million in 2015. However, his issue is reportedly with the length of his contract as he's entering the final year of his deal and wants something long-term.
Forte set an all-time NFL running back record in 2014, catching 102 passes, but he's 29 years old, and his yards per carry dropped to 3.9 last season after being above 4.3 in each of the past four seasons.


Bears RB Matt Forte addresses holdout speculation

It looks like Bears RB Matt Forte does not plan on missing any mandatory offseason workouts. Forte tweeted out, 'Relax everybody... It's called voluntary W/O for a reason. I've always been there especially when it counts!' Forte not planning a lengthy holdout is good news all around, especially for the Bears organization. It is also good news for Forte's fantasy owners. He wasn't expected to miss any time, nevertheless, now Forte owners can rest easy knowing he shouldn't have any draw backs this offseason.

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson officially eligible for reinstatement

Today is the first day that Vikings' RB Adrian Peterson is officially eligible for reinstatement. Nonetheless, nothing is expected to formally happen today. Peterson missed all but one game in 2014 after being charged with abuse of his four-year-old child. He found himself on the commissioner's exempt list. Peterson's reinstatement appears inevitable at this point. However, it will still be big news for fantasy owners when he's officially reinstated. The star RB will closely watched during the NFL Draft as rumors swirl about a possible trade. Depending on where he's playing this season, he could climb as high as the top fantasy RB in the league.

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson to be reinstated on Friday

Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson will come off the commissioner's/exempt list on Friday. This will officially make Peterson an 'active NFL player'. He will still have to 'continue counseling and treatment'. The only thing other thing still up in the air, in regards to his status with the league, is how many game checks he has to pay as a result of his suspension. His status with the Vikings is not so clear.Peterson's reinstatement will begin a dramatic surge in his ADP. Depending on where he lands, it would not be shocking to see him be the first back coming off draft boards next season, especially with a suspension looming over Le'Veon Bell. If Peterson is acquired by the Cowboys, watch out! He will almost certainly be the first player drafted in the majority of leagues.