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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 10, 2011 6:11 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil 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. 

Since: Apr 18, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 5:55 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

There are several people posting on here that do not even know his nickname.  It is AD not AP.  AD stands for "All Day".  And maybe, just maybe, he has shown other players how to handle contract negotiations.  You show up work hard and get paid.  Every one respects you for that instead of holding out.  Way to go AD!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Apr 22, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2011 5:32 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

Adrian Peterson is a franchise player.  When you are a franchise player, you deserve franchise money on your second contract.  
We all know how things work in the National Football League.  It all depends on how much money is guarenteed.  With the 
length of the deal, there is virtually no chance that Peterson plays out the entire deal.  Is he worth the amount the he will
be guarenteed, yes he is.  At around 26 years old, he has a good 4-5 years left, and that is worth the 38 million or so that will
be guarenteed.  Good move Vikings!!     

Since: May 5, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 5:20 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

I wonder what his current stance is regarding the owners treating him like a slave. 

Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 5:13 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

thank god we locked him up for life now we just need to throw away this season grab andrew luck with the first pick keep donovan 1 more year .... ponders not the awnser (you dont have to ponder how well he is gonna do he looks like a young doug flutie you all know how well he did in buffalo ) and improve our o/ line demarcus love is not going to be enough... i think we have enough talent with michel jinkins, percy harvin, shancoe and kyle rudolph  to get things done down the field and over the middle and impoves that success with ADAP
and last but not least i think we have the most under rated CB's and safties in the game i hate how every fan naggs the thay are terrible, no !!!!!! the lions DB's are terrible, the cowgirls DB's are terrible. just a few to throw out there..... thx for reading GO VIKS

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 5:07 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

Too bad you think he is INJURED PRONE and fumbles ALOT. His BUST will be in Canton, you idiot!

Since: Jun 5, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2011 5:05 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

Oh my Goodness, whats with all these dicksucks complaining like they're writing the check??? No contract in the Nfl is really guarenteed, besides, AD is he best Back in the nfl by a long shot. He would be putting up monster numbers too if he only han an Offensive Line. Its amazing the numbers he's been putting up with LITERALLY close to zero blocking. Last time he had an at par OL was his rookie season and he had a 1000 yards by week 8 AS A BACK UP.

If anything, this contract is a waste if they don't plan to build the team around him as they've been saying for the last two and a half years. With the way Adrian plays he'll be lucky to finish out that contract. Its always a now or never with him.

And for everybody saying that he's injury prone; try two missed games in 4 years.

Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 4:55 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

This is why the Vikings have never won a SB. Idiotic moves like this. 

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2011 4:53 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

RBs are a dime a dozen but Peterson and Johnson are Tomlinson calibur guys who have proven to be more than a flash in the pan and have put up elite stats for multiple seasons. The eye-popping total figure won't be what is actually paid, which is the most important thing to remember. By the time this deal ends, AP will be 33-34, so at least $30M will be saved by Minnesota when he becomes effective and is cut, such as Clinton Portis or Willis McGahee, but the Vikings made the right move by locking up a star player for the immediate future.

Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 4:51 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

Great Class Great Player glad to see his staying in Minnesota for Years to come!!!

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