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More details on Adrian Peterson’s deal

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With Adrian Peterson due to make $10.7 million in 2011 and, if subject to the franchise tag, $12.84 million in 2012, Peterson truly was in the driver’s seat.  And he has now traded in the car for a deal that will pay him a whopping $40 million in the first three years.

In contrast, Titans running back Chris Johnson will receive $31 million over the next three seasons.  Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams will be paid $30 million in that same period of time.

The seven-year deal (technically, six-year extension) will pay $52 million over four years and $65 million over five years.  Johnson will get $39 million and $47 million, respectively, over that same period of time.

The ultimate question is whether Peterson will still be playing under this deal in the fourth or fifth year of it.  As a running back ages, the more money he makes can make his status more tenuous with the team.  For Peterson, the Vikings likely will begin comparing cap hit to compensation to expected production as soon as the third year of the new deal.

In the unlikely event that Peterson plays for each of the next seven years under the new contract, he’ll make $96 million, and he’ll be eligible for a $4 million escalator that will push the total value to $100 million, if he achieves it.  Once we get the full deal, we’ll break down the year-by-year bonuses and salaries, in the hopes of getting a feel for the true length and value of the arrangement.

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48 Responses to “More details on Adrian Peterson’s deal”
  1. talkintrashallday says: Sep 10, 2011 3:31 PM

    Tiki Barber – “that should of been me!”

  2. dirtdawg55 says: Sep 10, 2011 3:31 PM

    Chris Johnson is reportedly devastated and flabbergasted and wants to rewrite his deal because he is not respected, underpaid and has outperformed his deal.

    Or as he said, “I’m dunn der did dat and dope no more brizz cat paddy whack gummed a dawg dum der dizzy whistle bone”

  3. welzy says: Sep 10, 2011 3:34 PM

    They almost could have have built a stadium for that kind of money…

  4. rugdog100 says: Sep 10, 2011 3:34 PM

    Nice try on the buzzkill, Mike. Great job by the Vikings locking up the best running back in the NFL.

  5. wawa33 says: Sep 10, 2011 3:37 PM

    The contract also includes free migraine medication for Percy Harvin and play wristband for bounce pass McNabb.

  6. adsbad28 says: Sep 10, 2011 3:40 PM

    See what happens when your the BEST running back in the NFL. Congrats AD u the man!!!!!!!

  7. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 10, 2011 3:46 PM

    I mean, he IS the best RB in the NFL…

  8. phillychzstk2012 says: Sep 10, 2011 3:47 PM

    Chris Johnson is reportedly devastated and flabbergasted and wants to rewrite his deal because he is not respected, underpaid and has outperformed his deal.

    Or as he said, “I’m dunn der did dat and dope no more brizz cat paddy whack gummed a dawg dum der dizzy whistle bone”

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    bahahahahhaaahaha!! thank you for that insightful reasoning

  9. nep1283 says: Sep 10, 2011 3:52 PM

    this is what happens to players who dont hold out and show up and play well. A.P earned this deal the money wont slow him down

  10. clintonportisheadd says: Sep 10, 2011 3:53 PM

    Any truth to the rumor that when Peterson was handed a pen to sign the contract he dropped it?

  11. bearfan51 says: Sep 10, 2011 3:56 PM

    Just keep on fumblin’ AP…

  12. taydogg29 says: Sep 10, 2011 3:58 PM

    Matt Forte has gotta be blowing a gasket right now!

  13. rayvens says: Sep 10, 2011 3:59 PM

    AP is the only running back i would give that kinda money to….The “ONLY” one!…Running backs come a dime a dozen. Chris. J rushed for 2000yrs = 0 playoffs

  14. packerswambulance says: Sep 10, 2011 4:00 PM

    Congrats to AP, the Vikings and their fans.
    Congrats also to DirtDawg55 on your post. Good stuff…

  15. christopher525 says: Sep 10, 2011 4:01 PM

    Amazing, he got paid without a holdout, wow. Now, on the other hand, Desean Jackson must be pissed that he STILL has no new deal.

  16. z0inks says: Sep 10, 2011 4:04 PM

    You know what this deal tells me?

    Either Mike Reinfeldt is a much better negotiator than Rick Spielman, or Ben Dogra is a much better agent than Joel Segal.

  17. herlies says: Sep 10, 2011 4:05 PM

    Uggh, I know Tenn and Minn were in tough spots…

    But I just don’t think it’s wise to make a RB the franchise player and face of your entire organization.

    Not with how the NFL is a passing league, not with how abused and replaceable the RB has become, and not with some of the idiotic comments both of these guys made in recent months.

  18. KIR says: Sep 10, 2011 4:07 PM

    You people are SICK! lol You’re complaining about the players are overpaid and the owners just signed a $15 billion deal with ESPN. How much do you think the other networks are goingtohavetopaytore-up? Fanswantto see playmakers, stars and great athletes not laundry. The ratings and attendance for the 4th preseason game played by scrubs and former great college football players proves this point. Considering the popularity of the sport when the stars are playing, longevity of their career, physical toll on their bodies and shortened life expectancy a very good case can be made that the players are underpaid.

  19. drgfri says: Sep 10, 2011 4:10 PM

    And AP doesn’t have a new grill to pay for either. Chris Johnson got the moron discount….

  20. KIR says: Sep 10, 2011 4:15 PM

    @rayvens says: Sep 10, 2011 3:59 PM

    Running backs come a dime a dozen. Chris. J rushed for 2000yrs = 0 playoffs
    ____________________________
    Did you not see the playoff game against Ravens? CJ was killing them and the Titans were winning until CJ got hurt.

  21. j972 says: Sep 10, 2011 4:15 PM

    Peterson is the most overrated player ever to don an NFL uniform.

  22. blackfootkiller says: Sep 10, 2011 4:17 PM

    That’s Minnesota’s way of saying…’No one better lay a finger on our Butterfingers!’

  23. claymatthewsloveshgh says: Sep 10, 2011 4:23 PM

    That money in his pocket is gonna go great with his 2011 Super Bowl ring! ;)

  24. mikebrownstepdown says: Sep 10, 2011 4:23 PM

    I smell another Chris Johnson hold out coming!

  25. apbabyjesus28 says: Sep 10, 2011 4:25 PM

    enough with the fumbling comments. He had one last year. Some of you are absolute morons.

  26. leftysmoke says: Sep 10, 2011 4:28 PM

    welzy says:
    Sep 10, 2011 3:34 PM
    They almost could have have built a stadium for that kind of money…

    ————-

    Yup. Build a stadium and lose the best RB in the league. Nice logic.

    He’s worth every damn penny. Far better than Johnson. AP is the closest to a carbon copy of Jim Brown that I’ve ever seen.

    Go Colts.

  27. 4512dawg4512 says: Sep 10, 2011 4:54 PM

    Now THERE is a running back worth throwing some cheddar at!

  28. foosball11 says: Sep 10, 2011 4:59 PM

    what does this contract work out to per fumble?

  29. c1d7 says: Sep 10, 2011 5:00 PM

    j972 says:
    Sep 10, 2011 4:15 PM
    Peterson is the most overrated player ever to don an NFL uniform.

    __________________________________
    I can’t believe there are truly idiots like this out there. I bet if this moron had the first pick in fantasy he’s taking or has”the most overrated player ever to don an NFL uniform” …..Can we please start screening some of these comments

  30. schemefactory says: Sep 10, 2011 5:05 PM

    the only guarantee is he’ll be out of the league long before the end of this contract

  31. skolby says: Sep 10, 2011 5:28 PM

    MOST RB’s start to decline at 30, MOST RB’s take a beating throughout their career, AD delivers the beating! The only player declining any time soon is the one who tries to tackle AD!

  32. johnnyqbp says: Sep 10, 2011 5:35 PM

    Can we please stop with the CJ jokes? Isn’t one enough? Also, I love how everyone bit$hes about the cap. Who gives a $&@)? Teams always figure out how to make room in the cap if they need to! Congrats to the Vikes for locking up their franchise RB.

  33. kspl1 says: Sep 10, 2011 5:45 PM

    Why don’t u break down Peyton mannings contract. 90 million and may never play again. Where the dissection of his money. Why don’t u try to discredit his contract

  34. claymath52 says: Sep 10, 2011 5:55 PM

    Well, I have to give them credit. Paid the man the money he has earned and he didn’t need to holdout, etc.

  35. 6thsense79 says: Sep 10, 2011 6:05 PM

    rayvens says:Sep 10, 2011 3:59 PM

    AP is the only running back i would give that kinda money to….The “ONLY” one!…Running backs come a dime a dozen. Chris. J rushed for 2000yrs = 0 playoffs
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    Sooooo….You’re saying if Peterson played in Tenessee and Johnson played in Minnesota than the Vikings would not have made the playoffs the past few years and Tenessee would? Your logic is flawless …..AP has had a better all around team than Johnson…..Since Johnson entered the leagues (3 years) he has the most rushing yards, broke the record for most yards from scrimmage, and became 1 of only 6 running backs in history to rush for 2000 yards in a season. Maybe you don’t like the man for your own reasons but you look silly not acknowledging that he is arguable one of if not the best back in the league….his resume speaks for its self.

  36. mikesvikes says: Sep 10, 2011 6:15 PM

    He never complained once about his contract. I think this just motivates him even more. He has the mentality that he always has something to prove instead of once i get paid i can relax.

  37. sikoix says: Sep 10, 2011 6:20 PM

    Peterson is a once in a lifetime type talent. Viking fans haven’t exactly been spoiled with Superbowl success, but watching this guy is worth the price of admission. People will be telling their kids they saw this guy play one day. I’d compare this contract to what Arizona did with Fitz. You don’t let a guy like this flap in the breeze without losing a lot of fan interest.

  38. 6thsense79 says: Sep 10, 2011 6:23 PM

    christopher525 says:Sep 10, 2011 4:01 PM

    Amazing, he got paid without a holdout, wow. Now, on the other hand, Desean Jackson must be pissed that he STILL has no new deal.
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    Actually it’s not that amazing that he go paid without a holdout…..Since he had already collected about $30 million and was due another $10 million this season. And if the Vikings wanted to franchise him he would get even more next year. If he holds out he starts missing $625,000 per game check on top of fine…serious coing. CJ was slated to make $800,000 this year…chump change for a back of his talents.

  39. banlarson says: Sep 10, 2011 8:08 PM

    No brainer by the Vikings. Look for AP to go beyond the 1800 yard mark this year. Add some OL help in the next couple years and he’ll hit 2k, no problem. He’ll get 175 against SD tomorrow.

  40. shaggytoodle says: Sep 10, 2011 8:27 PM

    Amazing what the Vikings can do without a 40 year old QB eating up all sorts of cap.

  41. The Doctor says: Sep 10, 2011 8:27 PM

    Funny to see all the ignorant comments regarding Peterson and fumbling. 2 fumbles last year, and one was not even his fault, just a bad handoff from BF.

    He will show the world that he is the most complete back in the NFL.

  42. theemployer says: Sep 10, 2011 9:41 PM

    @dirtdawg55

    Some folks express themselves with a brush, some with clay. You my friend are an artisan of the written word. Funniest post I’ve read in years.
    I read it to my brother as he was fishing for pink salmon and he laughed so hard he dropped his fishing rod in the water!
    BWAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  43. theemployer says: Sep 10, 2011 9:46 PM

    A little more man love for dirtdawg55.

    I know a guy that’s expert at securing patents.
    If your interested contact me.
    If not, you can bet your ass I’ll be stealing that one for my own and claiming myself as the author.

  44. wtfru2 says: Sep 10, 2011 10:34 PM

    Who’s the number one running back now???????

  45. rockieschef says: Sep 10, 2011 11:25 PM

    All these Million dollar deals,,,the AGENTS are the ones laughing all the waay to the bank, whats thier cut? 10% of 100 mill? Not a bad days work

  46. thephantomstranger says: Sep 11, 2011 12:07 AM

    Everyone making negative comments on this story wishes Adrian played for their team.

  47. couldntthinkofaname says: Sep 11, 2011 4:25 AM

    theemployer says: Sep 10, 2011 9:41 PM

    @dirtdawg55

    Some folks express themselves with a brush, some with clay. You my friend are an artisan of the written word. Funniest post I’ve read in years.
    ___________________________

    I’ll second that! Awesome post!

  48. htimsr40 says: Sep 11, 2011 7:52 AM

    With an extra season, Peterson is in a different negotiating position than Johnson was. He would have become a restricted free agent. The Vikings guaranteed him some money, but he isn’t making a lot more than he would have anyway, assuming he stays healthy. Maybe less, given free agent status. It’s a risk for the Vikes given RB injury rates, but a reasonable risk. And, like Johnson, he did NOT get a $100M contract … he has a $40M contract and a statement of intent for another $60M that is almost as meaningless as telling your GF you will marry her “someday” if she performs certain acts for you today. Ask my exes how THAT turns out …

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