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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: Aug 28, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2011 8:52 pm

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

The Vikings lost Super Bowl 3 because of a move they made over 40 years later?? Hey Pack fans--congrats on your superbowl wins. You are all still idiots.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2011 8:20 pm

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

Exactly TOMcat. You can have all the superstars you want but if you don't win, they don't come. Now Peterson definitely gives them a better chance of winning and I presume they know what they are doing, but there is that pesky salary cap thing and if you give the majority of the money to your RB there is not as much to go around for the rest of the supporting players that allow him to do his thing. It's true he has not been an injury risk so far. Your not supposed to be when you are under 25. Neither was Portis until he took a hard shot to the skull. With concussions being looked at so much harder it is just one more injury variable, and to wrap so much up into a guy that plays an injury prone position, that takes 40 to 50 hits a game whether carrying the ball, catching it or blocking as opposed to a QB that takes maybe 10 hits a game, is taking a risk. He is a GREAT player no doubt and in my opinion the best RB in the league. As I said they know what their cap strategy is, and rookies will not make as much in the future, so that will help as well especially since they drafted and traded for comparably cheap QB's this off season, but it is still a lot of your cap to one guy.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 7:15 pm

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

All due respect to you and AP, but what puts butts in seats is WINNING.

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2011 6:56 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

does not get in trouble does a lot for the communities in minnesota ,oklahoma and texas. Says some dumb stuff but what football player doent. (see plaxico Buress) Hes not a thug. He plays hard every down. And is the best running back in the nfl.(1ST PICK IN EVERY FANTASY DRAFT) Good job vikings well deserved contract.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2011 6:47 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

I see that people are still comparing Chris Johnson to Adrian Peterson.  There is one reason and one reason only that Peterson did not do what Johnson did and that is because he was paid a ton of money already.  His rookie contract was HUGE compared to Chris Johnson's.   Peterson was set to make over 10 million dollars this year.  You do not hold out if you are set to make over 10 million dollars. Heck, his 2011 salary alone was almost as much as CJ's rookie deal. His rookie contract included 17 million dollars guaranteed.  Cj's entire deal was only 12 million (7 gauranteed)  If Adrian peterson was scheduled to make $800,000.00 I can guarantee you he would have done exactly what CJ did.

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 6:36 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

Congrats to a well deserved contract.  Hopefully he can bank more than that guarenteed money!

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2011 6:25 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

In breaking news Chris Johnson has said he's unhappy with his current contract and is comtemplating holding out for a new deal.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2011 6:20 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

Love how the haters, including Katzowitz, bring up a stupid comment and make an even dumber comment. Compared to what he was making, it was slave wages now.  AP(sorry Sooner, we call him AP or ALL DAY, not AD--who cares what you called him in college), will be around longer then 4 more years.  He keeps himself in great shape and is a physical freak of nature.  He will play longer then the average because he himself, is above average.  He doesn't have an injury issue(knock on wood), so why would you think in 4 years, he's done?  Emmitt Smith seemed to produce beyond 30.  So have others.  It is all about your work ethic.  There is no one in the business with a better work ethic. Now they just need to get him some linemen who can block.  Will be nice though when he eventually goes to the HoF, to being going in as a Vikings player.  Skol Vikings!

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 6:17 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

To all you folks talking about you dont give a RB that kind of money I know for fact you don't own anything.  AP puts butts in the seats, NO AP, and season ticket holders dont renew.  AP is worth twice as much to the franchise as what they are paying him, thats the deal.  Who's the face of the Vikings?  Its AP.  And Ziggy did the right thing today and the only thing, you lose AP, your franchise value takes a hit.

Good job AP!  Stay healthy.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2011 6:16 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

This is one of the funniest things ever. That jackwad Chris Johnson wanted to be one of the highest [aid players and now he isn't even the highest paid RB. If he had just waited and not been a jerkoff he would have had some leverage for an even better deal. What do you want to bet we havent heard the end of his holdouts? I don't really care how much they get as I am not writing the checks and there is a salary cap that really should control ticket prices as each team now has to spend very close to the same amount on salaries. If the vikings want to tie up that much money in an injury prone position, then it's their gamble. At least they have a chance to win with him unlike Tennessee.

The only thing Johnson can do now is come out in an interview and congratulate Peterson or look like the chump that he is. If he doesn't and I was Peterson, I would come out and thank Chris for paving the way for his record contract. Of course neither one of them got part time defensive lineman money like we gave Haynesworth, but they still did pretty good. LOL.

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