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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 11, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 4:40 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

Walter Payton fumbled 30 time his first 3 years. Are you saying Chris Johnson is a better running back than Walter Payton because he fumbles less?

Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2011 4:40 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

injury prone? not at all. he missed like two or three games when he took a helmet to the thigh running at full speed. something that wouldve made you miss numerous more games. also since you think he still fumbles a lot how many times did he fumble last year? one time all year after working on that last offseason i think hes going in the right direction with that. he can pass block, pick up the blitz pretty good, and will be catching the ball out of the backfield a lot more this year. the price might be a little steep, but if any rb is worth it, its him. this guy brings butts to the stadium, is fun to watch, and can score anytime he touches it.  

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 4:39 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

Now that's how you contract negotiate! You let your play on the field speak for itself, you don't whine about your contract and then you get rewarded. AP is clearly the best in the league. I would of loved to see the look on CJ's face when he heard the news! Titans fans, look for another holdout in 2013. Six years 53 million vs. seven years 100 million. Can't forget the 2 years left on CJ's rookie he still has to play out.

Class just got Shown the Money!

Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 4:37 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

Are you insane? AP has missed 3 games in 4 years. thats not exactly injury prone. He fumbled the ball once last year and 14 times in his career. Thats not that much. And how is he a bust? He's closing in on being the Vikings all time leading rusher and is tied for the most rushing touchdowns in Vikings history. I think before you make some outrageous claims you should see if the stats back you up on that.

Since: Feb 11, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2011 4:35 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

Peterson rarely fumbles.  He did his first year or two but he worked on it & now doesn't lose the ball

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 4:35 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

Bust is the LAST word anyone should use when describing Adrian Peterson. He's already past the point in his career where that term could be used.

Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 4:29 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

they guy has started over 90% of his is he an injury risk?

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 4:22 pm
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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 4:20 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

Um...that's $36 million over SEVEN years. CJ got $31 million over THREE years. His deal is still bigger in terms of guaranteed money, and no one can say how much either of them will actually be getting in terms of bonuses and whatnot.

$36 million > $30 million. Guaranteed money doesn't care if they bl0w their knee out tomorrow and never play again.

In terms of the contract AP averages $14.29m a year while CJ averages $13.25m a year.

All that said, I'd rather have Larry Fitz, Andre, or Calvin and a good QB than AP or CJ. CJ has run like crazy over that last two years and the Titans are 14-18 during those two years. I'd rather win games than have a great RB.  

Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2011 4:19 pm

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

So that is how you define a running backs talent by fumbles?  I thought all stats were used to do that?  First, he has worked on this and only fumbled once last year.  Second, he only lost 14 of his 21 fumbles.  Which is really the important stat. 

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