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Vikings have "open dialogue" with Adrian Peterson

Published Mar. 3, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings have been taking advantage of a chance to communicate with Adrian Peterson.

General manager Rick Spielman said Monday the organization has had "open dialogue" with the running back since the NFL tabled his suspension and returned him to the special exempt list. That was where Peterson spent much of the 2014 season while the child abuse case he was involved in played out in court.

The league made that move Thursday after U.S. District Judge David Doty overruled the arbitrator who denied Peterson's appeal. Under his suspension, the Vikings could not have any direct contact with Peterson. Now they can, for now.

"We are able to have communication now with Adrian. We'll keep all those communications internal," Spielman said. "…I think it's been very clearly stated that we want Adrian Peterson back."

Suh on market: Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh can test the open market when free agency begins March 10 after Detroit did not use the franchise tag on the All-Pro.

Monday was the deadline for teams to designate franchise or transition players. Five players got non-exclusive franchise tags; their minimum 2015 salaries (all approximate):

• Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas ($12.8 million);

• Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston ($13 million);

• Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant ($12.8 million);

• Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul ($14.813 million);

• Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski ($4.126 million).

For a franchise tag, a team must tender a one-year contract based on the average of the five highest salaries at his position or 120 percent of his 2014 salary, whichever is higher. Teams have until July 15 to work out new deals with tagged players.

A non-exclusive player can negotiate with other teams, but if the player signs an offer sheet the original team can either match terms, or loses the and get two first-round draft picks as compensation.

And the Dolphins used a transition tag on tight end Charles Clay ($7 million). Under that tag, teams aren't compensated if they decline to match another team's offer.

Also, the 2015 salary cap was announced at $143.28 million, $10 million more than 2014.

Other moves: The Ravens waived cornerback Victor Hampton after his weekend arrest in Charlotte on a charge of driving while impaired and speeding. … The Steelers released receiver Lance Moore.