Wednesday's roundup: Vikings want to retain Peterson

Associated Press
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Vikings officials haven't wavered with their public stance since last season ended: They want Adrian Peterson to return.

In the strongest statement yet, general manager Rick Spielman said Wednesday he expects the running back to remain with the team after his suspension is lifted.

"I think our whole organization is on that same page," Spielman told reporters at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.

Peterson's last carry came more than five months ago, before the child-abuse case involving his young son became public in his native Texas.

"He admitted a mistake. I'm sure he's doing everything he can to not only make himself better as a football player but also a better person off the field," Spielman said.

With six games left in the 2014 season, soon after Peterson reached a plea deal on misdemeanor reckless assault with probation and no jail time, league officials suspended him without pay through at least April 15.

His appeal was rejected.

Extra points

Wire receiver Larry Fitzgerald agreed to a restructured, two-year contract with the Cardinals.

The deal guarantees Fitzgerald $11 million in each of the two years. It will save the Cardinals nearly $13 million off their salary cap figure.

Last season, he finished with 63 receptions, 734 yards and two touchdowns.

... After getting benched each of the past two seasons, Robert Griffin III is back to being Washington's starting quarterback.

"We'll go into the season with Robert as the No. 1 guy," coach Jay Gruden said.

... Browns coach Mike Pettine says quarterback Johnny Manziel is in a "much better place" than he was earlier this month when he entered a treatment program.

... The Vikings claimed tight end Brandon Bostick off waivers from the Packers.

Bostick is best known for mishandling an onside kick in the final minutes of the NFC Championship against the Seahawks last month.

... Washington safety Ryan Clark says he's retiring after a 13-year career to work as an analyst for ESPN.

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