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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
 
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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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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:45 pm
 

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal




Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 8:03 pm
 

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

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Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: September 11, 2011 1:02 pm
 

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.





 The Bears gave him a two year extention for top 5 qb and hes not top twenty qb so stick with your own teams problems, mine doesnt concern you.



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: September 11, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

Wow, a lot of money to a guy who's  not even a difference maker.



Since: Nov 20, 2009
Posted on: September 11, 2011 11:16 am
 

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

@opiv "Definitely not the best running back in football..."  really? Who is, then? You can have an opinion but you're definitely in the minority. even the players, who might know a little more about football than you, disagree with you. Chris Johnson can't run right through people like AP and he is the closest. Johnson is also not as durable and I predict he's going to get hurt. Stephen Jackson? Do you really want to start comparing stats? AP's fumbles per season average is skewed by one admittedly bad year.  No, he will not be the reason the Vikings would win a Super Bowl, it's true and the Packers proved that a running game is currently, barely necessary if you have a great QB and receivers. But things go in cycles, right now the rules are built to support the passing offense.  Given time, defenses will eventually adjust and the game will return to fundamentals- blocking, tackling, running the football.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2011 10:17 am
 

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

Right now Chris Johnson and his agent are kicking themselves in the ass for not holding out until the Vikes decided to give up that kind of dough lol.



Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2011 9:02 am
 

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

Well Minnesota got ripped off. Peterson is not worth that type of money. His production has dropped each of the last two seasons. He is fumble prone, over 5 fumbles a season on average. He definitely is not the best running back in the NFL.



Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2011 9:01 am
 

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal

Well Minnesota got ripped off. Peterson is not worth that type of money. His production has dropped each of the last two seasons. He is fumble prone, over 5 fumbles a season on average. He definitely is not the best running back in the NFL.


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