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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: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: September 11, 2011 12:12 am

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

What the hell are you talking about.  Cutler money retarded?  Last I checked Cutler wasnt made the highest paid QB of all time.  Hey the Vikes made themselves relevant for a year under Favre.  Woopie!  Now you have the highest paid RB in football history in an era ruled by the pass.  Brilliant!

Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 11:54 pm

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

This is a great deal for Peterson, and only a fair deal for the Vikings. Why, well Peterson is the best back in the league and for having the best you have to pay a high price for greatness. The amount per year has to be competitive with the highest paid backs. The length of this deal is what isn't real smart only because running backs go down hill fast when they hit 30 years old. Locking this guy down for your team for the rest of his career is a big upside for the Vikings. Having this guy will attract some good QB's, because lets face it having a back this good takes a lot of pressure off of any QB. Bottom line, the vikings paid the price for a smart move. 

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 10:34 pm

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal


Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2011 10:12 pm

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

Dumb dumb dumb

Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: September 10, 2011 10:11 pm

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

The vikings are the stupidest franchise in the world. $100 mil for a running back? Did anybody watch last season. AP whent off but lack of good QB play led to a crap season. They would be better off saving that money to spread around. I bet its a back loaded deal. I will agree he should get the most garunteed money for a running back and 6 mil more than CJ is fine with me. There is no way he makes the full 100 mil. If he does and it straps the Vikes for years to come it will go down as one of the stupidest moves of all time. What if ponder works out. Do you have any idea how much he will demand

 Well I hope Ponder doesnt ask for Cultler money, because that was a retarded contract the bears will suffer with for two more years

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2011 10:02 pm

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

Everybody can now see why the Vikings are the Vikings. Giving a 100 million dollar contract to a running back! Yes he's very good, but he is not going to get you to the Super Bowl. Try finding a QB that isn't way past their prime. Now even if you do find him, you won't be able to pay him, because of this stupid contract. Congrats, your record of never winning a championship is going to be intact for at least 5 more years. You should be so proud.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2011 10:02 pm

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

you probably had to look it up on a search engine

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2011 10:00 pm

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

This is what it is all about, the NFL, the owners they are all awash in money, Cowboys worth 1.8 billion #1 American franchise, new ESPN contract for what 2 billion??  netwrok TV contracts, sold out stadiums, venders, hangers on, bars etc etc, their ship has come in and I for one am glad to see the money go back to the stars that make the game and lets face it as popular as it is now, it is just getting bigger baby,,,,,now I hope they do the right thing with the retirees...

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2011 9:46 pm
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Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 9:39 pm
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