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Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

Posted on: September 10, 2011 3:09 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2011 6:55 pm

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You remember how last week the Titans blew your mind by signing running back Chris Johnson to a four-year deal worth $53.5 million ($30 million guaranteed)? Not surprisingly, the Vikings have gone a step further. Make, that about three steps further.

According to Pro Football Talk, Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson will sign a seven-year deal potentially worth as much as $100 million ($36 million guaranteed).

Which is insane money, especially for a running back. But it also means, just like what's happened in Pittsburgh with Troy Polamalu, Peterson now will likely stay in Minnesota for the rest of his career.

Said owner Zygi Wilf: "Adrian’s performances on the field have given fans so much excitement since he first joined us as a rookie. His talent and determination are remarkable and we are proud to have him be a part of the family for years to come. We are excited that in the past week we have been able to lock up Chad Greenway and Adrian for the long term. Both players have come up in our system and are the foundation to the future of the Vikings."

And coach Leslie Frazier: "Adrian is, to me, the best running back in pro football and we’re happy to have him as a part of the organization for the long term. He’s a fan favorite and a great teammate. Adrian’s a guy we lean on when he’s on the field with the ball in his hand and as a leader in the locker room.”

Added Ben Dogra, Peterson's agent, to the AP: "Adrian loves playing for the Minnesota Vikings. Deep inside he wanted to finish his career with the Minnesota Vikings ... He said, 'Look, I'm under contract. I'm just going to play. He never contemplated holding out. He understands the business side of things. He's very smart like that."

Usually, $100 million contracts were reserved for quarterbacks (unless your name is Albert Haynesworth) and definitely not running back. Not anymore apparently, and's Mike Freeman makes a good point. Writes Freeman: "Is it a risk? Hell, yeah, it is. But it's also a sign. NFL teams, with higher salary cap numbers, awash in cash, and fully aware there will be labor peace for a decade, are willing to take more risks with guaranteed money."

Even for running backs who, almost unanimously, are less effective (or out of football completely) after the age of 30. Peterson, by the way, is 26, so presumably, he has almost another half-decade of productivity left.

And with his new deal, hopefully Peterson is now clear that he's not actually being paid slave wages.

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Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2011 8:41 am

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

I just want to say as a Vikings fan, I am glad they tied up Peterson. I don't think Ponder is the answer and hope they can draft Landry Jones or Luck to have a QB for the future. Having dynamic players like Peterson and Percy Harvin sell lots of tickets but don't win lots of games and the Packers seem poised to be good for several years.

Also, the pic should have been Peterson running over william gay of pittsburgh.  It should always be the AP photo....

Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: September 11, 2011 7:00 am

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

All i was saying is that the Vikings will not win a super bowl with a lot of their money tied up in a running back.  They need a lot more help then that.  The freaking Packers last year had some running back play the entire playoffs and superbowl that nobody ever heard of before.  I think the Vikings could have the same record this year if they had Toby starting every game.  This is a quarterback league not running back.  If i were the vikings i would lose every game and get Andrew Luck and then maybe they'll have a chance 5 years down the road.  The only reason they signed him is b/c of what everybody else is saying, he'll sell tickets, but he wont personally lead them to the playoffs.

Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: September 11, 2011 6:20 am

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

Personally, I would rather pay a classy football player who has "team first" on his mind than a guy who demands that money because of what he thinks of himself.  Oh yeah, and he happens to be the best running back in the league too.  For the arguement that running teams don't win SBs, I have a counterpoint.  In recent years I can see how it could be perceived that way.  However, the Steelers were a running team when they won two of their SBs.  They just so happened to be turning into a throwing team in recent years but still rely heavily on their running game.  Most throwing teams who have won also invested heavily in their passers and pass catchers, so it's all relative.  If the Vikes would invest more in their O-line then the running game would win more games than the passing game.  However, the Vikes seem to be trying to balance things more by using the run game to set up the pass game.  It will be an interesting year for the Vikes.  AP getting paid is what had to happen one way or another.  I'm sure the poster who said something to the effect of AP getting paid that much money is rediculous isn't suggesting the Vikes open him up to free agency, right?!  Because that would be moronic and a team killer.  You're not a moron, right.  I'm sure the guy who posted that would immediately tell his team to sign and pay him what he wanted if AP was to hit free agency so hypocracy becomes you haters out there who say what AP received was rediculous.  Vikes-34 Chargers 27

Since: Jul 19, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2011 3:58 am

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

It's amazing to me that all the AP haters don't have a viable running back on the team they love! Give the guy a break. I s the money outrages? Hell ya! That's the price it takes to get the job done. It's one spot that the Vikes don't need to worry about for quite a while. THEY HAVE ENOUGH PROBLEMS TO FIGURE OUT ELSE WHERE like a new stadium for starters. Signing big ticket names sells tickets and that helps revenue which helps build stadiums. Fan support is crucial in getting that task done and by showing they are willing to keep key players, it shows commitment to keeping the fan base happy. Good move Vikes!

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: September 11, 2011 3:24 am
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Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: September 11, 2011 2:46 am

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

Absolutely stupid.  Look at the last several super bowl winners: Packers, Saints, Steelers, Giants, Colts etc....did any of them have a great running back?  Running backs dont win you super bowls, just give you lots of fantasy points.  What a waste of money.  If the vikings win a super bowl in the next 7 years with AP then i guess i'll be proved wrong, but i dont  see that happening at all.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: September 11, 2011 2:45 am

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

Does he still think this is "modern day slavery?"

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: September 11, 2011 1:44 am

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

Chalk these big contracts up to inflation... yes I agree that Peterson and Polamalu are two great players but the money is crazy!
When I think about these two players I think what would Emmitt Smith and Ronnie Lott be worth in 2011? At some point it would be nice to see players settle down and do it for the love of the game. I understand the money and I am all for Paying these guys what they are worth, I just would love to see some charities, hospitals or schools benifit from all that crazy money being thrown around.

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: September 11, 2011 1:35 am

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

Just so that everyone is aware, the deal is reported to be an 8 year contract, not a 7 year. Also, the money is front-loaded with $40 million coming in the first 3 years. Looking at the numbers, 3/4 of the contract money comes before Adrian Peterson even hits the age of 30.

$100 million is a large amount of money for a running back, even if he's the best back in the league. But the Vikings are making a strategic move to lock up one of the best backs to give time for Ponder to grow. A great running back is a young quarterback's best friend. Minnesota has made a lot of dumb moves in the past, (I.E. Herschel Walker trade), but I believe this may be a positive move for the franchise.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: September 11, 2011 1:13 am

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

 This was a great job by the Vikings.  Only a third of the deal is guaranteed, so why not lock up the best back in the league.  Anytime you have a great athelete that you know will always give you 110%, sign him!  The age of 30 is the breaking point for most runningbacks, but with his work ethic I'll give him 2 or 3 extra years.  Nice job and perfect timeing by the vikes!

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