Mike Zimmer wants Adrian Peterson back for 2015

The status of suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for next season remains unresolved.

Peterson has a $15.4 million salary-cap figure and isn't eligible for reinstatement until April due to his child-abuse case involving his four-year-old son whom he hit with a wooden switch.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer wants Peterson back.

"Adrian was always great with me. I think he's a good person," Zimmer said. "I think obviously he's a great running back, and if it works out that way and things work out and he gets his life in order -- that's the most important thing, he gets his life in order, he gets the opportunity to come back -- then I will be in his corner whatever the decision is made. I think he would add value to any team, to be honest with you. I think the kid's a heck of a football player."

Peterson's future remains unresolved until the NFL issues a decision.

"We would love to know ASAP, just so we can start going because, a guy like him, your football team and your offense can be different if you have him and you don't have him," Zimmer said. "It's how you want to build the team around him, at least in my opinion, anyway."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.