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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.
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.
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."
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.