Adrian Peterson says talk of contract unhappiness can be "put to rest"

NFL_peterson3_250.jpgThere have been indications this offseason that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson would like to parlay three seasons of strong performances into a new contract.

And for good reason.  Peterson runs like a bull with immediate need for a bathroom, and eventually he won’t be able to run that way.  So he needs to get paid, sooner rather than later.

Though he remains under contract for two more years, his agents at CAA have secured a long-term contract for 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis, picked only a few spots after Peterson in the 2007 draft.  And we’ve picked up some indications that, at a minimum, an effort was going to be made to get a new deal for Peterson.

Peterson’s possibly passive-aggressive pass on a mandatory minicamp, which he missed because it conflicted with the fourth annual East Palestine, Texas parade in his name, caused some to wonder whether he’s taking a stand without taking a stand.  At the ESPYs, Peterson was asked point blank by a reporter from NFL Network regarding rumors that he’s not happy with his deal.  Peterson said, per Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “You can put them to rest.”

But shed no tears of Peterson just yet.  Given his draft position (seventh overall) and his production level to date, he has unlocked sufficient escalators to push his base salary to $3.64 million in 2010 and a whopping $10.72 million in 2011, according to NFLPA records.  Based on his performance in 2010, the number for next year could go even higher.

If the franchise tag as currently constituted survives into the next labor deal, holding Peterson’s rights for 2012 would cost, at a minimum, $12.864 million.

Still, he’s getting no younger and his knees are growing no new cartilage.  Though he’ll be handsomely compensated the next two (and possibly three) years, it’s unclear when or if he’ll ever cash in with a long-term, big-money deal.

49 responses to “Adrian Peterson says talk of contract unhappiness can be "put to rest"

  1. I think the PFT boys are gearing up for an early friday happy hour, and will be gone by 4pm…
    1. Roethlisbuger story…….Check
    2. Pete Carrol story………Check
    3.TO story …..Check
    4. Anything Packers/Vikings……Check
    5…Top it off with a Vick coup de gras, and we are eating appetizers at TGI fridays boys……

  2. don’t worry, the vikes will compensate him when the time is right and he’ll continue to run over bears and packers for years to come.

  3. Pay the man he’s a beast. Jimmy Smith I’m ready for your idiotic and pointless comments on why we shouldn’t pay him. Get a life man I’m sure your some 40 year old guy who lives with mom and dad in a trailer and drinks gravy as a beverage. Eat a fat one Jimmy. Go vikes

  4. # DonTerrelli says:
    $10 mil isnt big-money?
    ________________
    My thought exactly. If I’m reading this correctly he will make at $14 million+ over the next two years. Worst case, I think he could scrape by on this until his early 70s.

  5. “big-money deal.”
    And just what about 14 mil between this year and next year isn’t big money ? The players, agents and people writing about them need to get a grip and start thinking about the real world in which America has a still failing economy and incredibly serious problems that are not likely to be solved any time soon.
    If 14 mil for 2 years isn’t enough for him, screw him.

  6. So, he’ll get 25 million for the next 3 years of service, more than likely. Thats a fair deal for both sides. At that point, he’ll be a 6 year veteran back with a lot of carries on him. The Vikes are wise to not commit to any longer of a timeframe. Nothing screws up a salary cap quicker than overpaid, beat up offensive skill position players.

  7. # steely devil hab says:
    Will $10 million cure his terminal case of fumblitis?

    No but 10 million in double-sided tape might

  8. Agreed it is Big Money at $10 mil.
    The next contract is the INSANE money. You know the contract where he gets a truckload in the form of a signing bonus.
    I dont know why this money is not viewed as really payment for what he did in the past. Since if his knee explodes the day after he signs he keeps it no matter what. The player does not really earn it by doing anything in the future.
    He only earns the non-guarneteed money that comes in the future by playing well and not getting hurt, or quitting.

  9. Well Viking fans, I know you are probably at a disadvantage with your math skills having been “educated” in the Minnesota public school system so I did the math for you.
    7 fumbles divided by 3.6 million = $500,000 per fumble. Not bad work if you can find it.
    Its just not the fumbles but the devastating time in which it happens, on the verge of locking up home field advantage thru the playoffs, OT fumble in a loss to the Bears (you read that right, the 7-9 Bears) Then fumbling on the verge of scoring a touchdown in a NFC championship game loss (the fifth one in a row for you sports fans keeping score at home), surely the turning point of the game.
    So I concur with the Viking fans, pay the man. Anyone who can fumble at the worst possible moments contributes greatly to what has become the legacy of the Vikings, the biggest chokers in the NFL. Sorry Buffalo, the title belongs exclusively to Minnesota

  10. Listen…you don’t drop the ball like that in the NFCCG and then ask for a raise in the off season. His regular season stats are useless if he coughs it up in the big game! Learn to hang on to the ball, then ask for your pay day.

  11. brodiego says:
    July 16, 2010 11:46 AM
    Not much to say.
    Brett. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.
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    Michael!!

  12. “And just what about 14 mil between this year and next year isn’t big money ?”
    It’s not about big money, it’s about guaranteed money. Who cares what he’s supposed to make, the only thing he can count on is what is in his hand. 14 mil is smoke and mirrors till he cashes the game checks, which he doesn’t get if he gets his neck broke.
    Schism, part deaux.

  13. I’m pretty sure we’ve been telling you this Florio, ever since you’ve been trying to manufacture rumors after he missed a minicamp.

  14. Get a deal done…keep him in Minnesota…I know Clay Mathews is looking forward to a few more handoffs from overrated “all day” A.P.

  15. He’s a good guy, hard worker, and stays out of trouble and just plays the only way he knows how–HARD. Every interview I’ve ever seen him do makes me think he’s the best of what pro athletes can be. If he says everything’s OK, then it is. He’ll get his just reward without question.

  16. JimmySmith says:
    July 16, 2010 12:07 PM
    “7 fumbles divided by 3.6 million = $500,000 per fumble. Not bad work if you can find it.”
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    Really? That’s strange, because my Minnesota education tells me that seven divided by 3.6 million is not $500,000…In fact, it is 1.94444444 x 10^-6. Then again, I am sure you were probably drunk during the construction of your last post.

  17. “JimmySmith says:
    July 16, 2010 12:07 PM
    Well Viking fans, I know you are probably at a disadvantage with your math skills having been “educated” in the Minnesota public school system so I did the math for you.
    7 fumbles divided by 3.6 million = $500,000 per fumble. Not bad work if you can find it.
    Its just not the fumbles but the devastating time in which it happens, on the verge of locking up home field advantage thru the playoffs, OT fumble in a loss to the Bears (you read that right, the 7-9 Bears) Then fumbling on the verge of scoring a touchdown in a NFC championship game loss (the fifth one in a row for you sports fans keeping score at home), surely the turning point of the game.
    So I concur with the Viking fans, pay the man. Anyone who can fumble at the worst possible moments contributes greatly to what has become the legacy of the Vikings, the biggest chokers in the NFL. Sorry Buffalo, the title belongs exclusively to Minnesota”
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    All these fumbles by Peterson and interceptions by Favre….and the Packers still can’t beat them……(I usually don’t respond to Jimmy or Bob Nelson but this was too good to be true)…..doesn’t say much for the state of the Packers and their QB who loves to lay in the missionary position when on the field.

  18. JimmySmith says: July 16, 2010 12:07 PM
    Its just not the fumbles but the devastating time in which it happens, on the verge of locking up home field advantage thru the playoffs, OT fumble in a loss to the Bears
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    here comes the village idiot…
    sure was a hell of a face mask on that play as the fall came out.
    at least i’ll know you’ll be cringing when the vikes put karen on the ground 10 more times next season. i’m sure bob will be there to hold and caress you, though.

  19. LBPACKFAN says:
    July 16, 2010 12:55 PM
    Get a deal done…keep him in Minnesota…I know Clay Mathews is looking forward to a few more handoffs from overrated “all day” A.P.
    ============================
    I bet you karlos Dansby is too, from Gay Rod.
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    bluestree says:
    July 16, 2010 12:42 PM
    Schism, part deaux.
    ===================
    How’d that 1st one go? you mean the one where the team accepted Favre and lets him be himself?
    You Packer fans are turds with peanuts.

  20. Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy, did you go to the same school? Check you math, you are wrong. Use a calculator or ask your Mom for help if you need to. Try again.

  21. Peterson had a new contract but he kept fumbling the pen and couldn’t get it signed.

  22. shadowman1433 says:
    July 16, 2010 1:19 PM
    Peterson had a new contract but he kept fumbling the pen and couldn’t get it signed.
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    Ba-dum-ch

  23. So the PFT noise at various points about Peterson causing the Vikings problems contract-wise is wrong…hmmm, who would have guessed?

  24. OK…………..I gotta ask……..Having never been in the Wisconsin/Minnesota area in July………Do the Kankles on the ladies really swell to these huge proportions and you seek PFT to avoid you know….The horror……..Yoy idiots take this BS so serious……There cant be any other reason

  25. @xlb57
    You’re right, I transposed the numbers, I meant his salary divided by the number of fumbles, a league leading number by the way. So , technically its $514,285 per fumble, my original half million a fumble was an approximation, a rounded number.
    But if you want to compare numbers, let’s have at it:
    Packers titles = 12
    Vikings zero
    Packers Superbowl Games 4
    Vikings Superbowl Games 4
    Packers Superbowl wins 3
    Vikings Superbowl wins 0
    Viking fans avg IQ> Childress, but that isn’t saying much.
    Number of inches I stuck inside your wife before I got beyond the used part; 3.5 inches.
    You got some growing to do there, boy.

  26. 1969 Minnesota Vikings† (1) 27-7 Cleveland Browns* Metropolitan Stadium.
    The Minnesota Vikings have 1 NFL championship. The Packers have 2 prehistoric superbowls and 1 mentionable one, the Vikings have 0.
    If you want to use the 12 NFL championships in your favor, you have to give the Vikes 1. If you want to count Superbowls, then you can say 0. Until this Febuary of course.

  27. ” bluestree says:
    How can you call a guy that has to be pulled on third down “All Day”?”
    Because, “All Morning, Afternoon, And Just Into The Evening” is too long a nickname.

  28. Pay the man he’s a beast. Jimmy Smith I’m ready for your idiotic and pointless comments on why we shouldn’t pay him. Get a life man I’m sure your some 40 year old guy who lives with mom and dad in a trailer and drinks gravy as a beverage. Eat a fat one Jimmy. Go vikes

  29. Can’t say I’ve ever seen a bull heading toward a bathroom — doesn’t a bull pretty much pee whenever and wherever it wants? As noted earlier, before all the speculation reached a crescendo (for you Pack fans, that means before it peaks), someone should have simply asked Peterson.

  30. @BusterBlueth
    I agree about the whole 12 championships thing with the Packers is thin. Any titles before the SB era are nice but they don’t carry the weight of a SB title.
    Second point: A SB win is a win no matter when it happened. I know a lot of young guys on here disagree with me on that take. Life still counts even when you were in diapers or still just a gleam in your daddy’s eye.
    Minnesota 27, Cleveland 7 was trumped two weeks later by Kansas City 23, Minnesota 7.
    Vikings got a trophy in ’69, but it wasn’t the one they wanted, was it?

  31. LBPACKFAN says:
    July 16, 2010 12:55 PM
    Get a deal done…keep him in Minnesota…I know Clay Mathews is looking forward to a few more handoffs from overrated “all day” A.P.
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    tough tough talk by this village idiot…..his close personal friend, clay matthews, is “looking forward to a few more handoffs…….” wow, he forgets it took 3 packers to strip that ball, peterson would run matthews over if it was him alone and for the overrated part…….what rock did LB crawl out from under. AD’s stats make him overrated but at least he led them to the NFC championship game whereas if we were talking about the STATS KING, Mr. rodgers, he has led the pack absolutely………..no where yet. LB’s post is further evidence that most packer fans really don’t think before they post, spit or drink.

  32. Jimmy Smith
    Awww c’mon Jimmy, admit you saw an opening to take a crack at Adrian Peterson’s fumbles and throw in a wisecrack about Minnesota. But in your haste (to display what passes in Wisconsin for cleverness) you got tripped up immediately by those Minnesota boys who appear to have received a better education than you thought. You see what happened next… you got flustered and then you got angry, lost your temper and admitted you’re packing (no pun intended) 3.5 inches. Now that may qualify you as a porn star in Wisconsin, but here in California (and the rest of the country) your junk would be considered faulty. You better hope Pervy Harvin doesn’t hear about this – he’ll punk your ass good!

  33. Let’s define championships as winning the last game of the season.
    so Packers still have 12 and since the Vikings lost their last game of the year in 1969 (hell, they lost every year they had a playoff game but why rub it in?), they still have zero.
    As for February, let’s play the season first, I am sick of listening to all the Viking fans predictions on winning the Superbowl, it loses its charm after a while.

  34. Jimmy Smith
    Awww c’mon Jimmy, admit you saw an opening to take a crack at Adrian Peterson’s fumbles and throw in a wisecrack about Minnesota. But in your haste (to display what passes in Wisconsin for cleverness) you got tripped up immediately by those Minnesota boys who appear to have received a better education than you thought. You see what happened next… you got flustered and then you got angry, lost your temper and admitted you’re packing (no pun intended) 3.5 inches. Now that may qualify you as a porn star in Wisconsin, but here in California (and the rest of the country) your junk would be considered faulty. You better hope Pervy Harvin doesn’t hear about this – he’ll punk your ass good!

  35. I strike a nerve Jimmy? You come off sounding a bit angry. Then again, by simply reading through your messages it is quite clear to me that you are an all around unhappy person, clinging to the one thing that is not pathetic about your life: the Packers.
    Rambling off a bunch of statistics that support the Packers being a more successful organization than the Vikings does nothing but tell me something I already knew (can’t argue with the fact that the Packers have won a Superbowl). What your posts do however, is tell everybody reading them a whole lot about you.
    Keep on clinging Jimmy…Keep on clinging.

  36. Don’t hurt’em AP. Ya, packers love having to tackle you just ask the packer faithful. I’m sure woodson agrees he likes seeing you come around the corner picking up speed.
    AP is stud, pay him, he will be fine once he settles down and lets the game come to him. He is a kid, and a stud kid at that.
    AP wears the horns in the Hall.

  37. Let’s have some more numbers.
    Number of decades without a winning season
    Packers : 2
    Vikings : 0
    Number of year in existence / Number of playoff game appearances
    Packers : 89 : 41
    Vikings : 49 : 45

  38. JimmySmith says:
    July 16, 2010 1:45 PM
    @xlb57
    You’re right, I transposed the numbers, I meant his salary divided by the number of fumbles, a league leading number by the way. So , technically its $514,285 per fumble, my original half million a fumble was an approximation, a rounded number.
    But if you want to compare numbers, let’s have at it:
    Packers titles = 12
    Vikings zero
    Packers Superbowl Games 4
    Vikings Superbowl Games 4
    Packers Superbowl wins 3
    Vikings Superbowl wins 0
    Viking fans avg IQ> Childress, but that isn’t saying much.
    Number of inches I stuck inside your wife before I got beyond the used part; 3.5 inches.
    You got some growing to do there, boy.
    ===============================
    WHAT?!?! A packer fan proven wrong and he reverts to the titles arguement?!
    That NEVER happens. Jimmy.
    Frok , toaster, just do it!!
    By the way, you’vee never seen a grown woman naked, in person, let alone been inside one. So please stop the BS.
    You had a chance once but you were spent by the time your pants hit your ankles.

  39. Pants around your ankles are an apt description of you and your boyfriend, Bruce on just about any Saturday night. I love your psycho analysis about my anger, your pop psychology from a Reader’s Digest article.
    I post this as a public service to Viking fans everywhere in hopes that they will become less delusional and more realistic. By reminding them of both the utter futility and decreasing chances of ever winning a Superbowl, I hope to lessen the impact when the Vikings get around to blowing their chances

  40. Awww c’mon Jimmy, lighten up a little. 2nd place isn’t so bad, you’ll get used to it. At least you’ll always be able to look down your nose at the Lions

  41. “not bad work if you can find it…”
    ________________________________
    That’s nice Jimmy and A.P. is laughing all the way to the bank. Real quickly though can you do the math for Aaron Rodgers’ salary vs sacks?
    I’ll help ya, 10.8 million (6 year 65 million deal) / 50 = $216,000 per sack. Not bad!
    Or I guess we could calculate the Offensive Line’s salary and the sacks allowed? What would that be? I’m sure you have all this information close to your race car bed… But, that’s a lot of money the Packers are giving the OL to not do their job.
    I can handle a “your wife” joke, just so you can say you have a 3.5 inch penis again.

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