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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
 
Peterson

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 CBSSports.com'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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Comments

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

Any more need to be said?

Yea Peterson only 1 fumble last yr.....give em credit for making the adjustments

he runs you over, he can out juke you, he can run away from you

he is a prototype back....cj is freak and a great great player but if the ankle gets
tweeked or he slows down ...so will his game where AP can keep on trucking
and run you over.



Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

Only $36 million is guaranteed of this $100 million contract. Peterson is 26 which means they will use him to death the next 4-5 years and then cut him when he starts to slow down. Everybody knows most runningbacks can't run productively after 30 years of age. He will still get the majority of his money but will NEVER collect the full $100 million. When AP is 31 he will take a pay cut to stay with the team because it is "the right thing to do to help the team win" and so he can retire a Viking. 



Since: Oct 17, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

Um...CJ's is actually over 6 years.  It was a 4 year extension that was added on to the final 2 years of his rookie deal.  The total deal is $53 million over a period of 6 years.



Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: September 10, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

CJ is still better than Adrian "Butterfingers" Peterson.

CJ: 3 years in the NFL, 7 fumbles
AP: 4 years in the NFL, 21 fumbles

Does any more need to be said?? 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2011 3:58 pm
 

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

I love Adrian Peterson, but running backs just aren't worth this much money anymore unless they can pass block and catch alot of passes out of the back field. Today's NFL is a passer's paradise, and teams no longer win championships by running the ball.

I agree 100 percent. The NFL used to be a run first league, the run always set up the pass.  If you couldn't run you struggled to win... not anymore.  It's more the other way around now....  this signing and the CJ signing blow my mind because the signings don't make any sense at all.  Way too much money for any running back to make.....



Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: September 10, 2011 3:58 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.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

I love Adrian Peterson, but running backs just aren't worth this much money anymore unless they can pass block and catch alot of passes out of the back field. Today's NFL is a passer's paradise, and teams no longer win championships by running the ball.

Good luck to Adrian and the Vikings. I just wish he was a Wide Receiver instead of a Running back. 



Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

Leslie Frazier is correct, Adrian Peterson is the best running back in pro football.  That sure is a ton of money though.  If any running back can live up to that type of money, it is Peterson though.  



Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

Peterson is now playing Kool Mo Dee while he thinks of Johnson.

" How you like me now?"

Peterson came to camp and said all the right things. Johnson acted like the punk that he is and he ends up making MUCH LESS than AP.

GO VIKES!!!



Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Report: Adrian Peterson to sign $100 mil deal

Apparently Dan Snyder isn't the only owner willing to throw around stupid money.


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