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Peterson says Wilf “stayed true to his word”

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On Saturday, the Vikings signed running back Adrian Peterson to a contract that will keep Peterson in Minnesota for the rest of his career — unless of course the Vikings decide at some point in the out years to trade him or to cut him.

And Peterson told Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com that the deal proved that owner Zygi Wilf is a man of his word.

“I ran into [Wilf] in the locker room,” Peterson said regarding a meeting with the owner from November 2010.  “We were kind of going back and forth and he said, ‘Adrian, I just want you to know — and he told Chad [Greenway] the same thing because he was right there — he said, ‘I want to make sure you guys are going to remain Vikings for your careers.’

“He stayed true to that [Saturday].  He stayed true to his word.”

Peterson’s long-term deal came only five days after Greenway’s.

Moving forward, Peterson has the financial security that comes from a huge pile of guaranteed money.  “You sit back and go, ‘Hey, I’ve got 36 million guaranteed. That’s not going anywhere.’ I’m sure you’d be pretty comfortable, too,” Peterson said.

“Comfortable, but not relaxed, because it’s not going to take away from how I play this game, my passion about this game.  I’m in this position because of how I play this game.  But anytime you’re making a business decision, you’ve got to factor all the things in — even some of the things you don’t want to think about.”

Like the kind of injury that can happen to a guy who runs like a bull in a bowling alley.  He has avoided serious injury through four NFL seasons, and now the injury risk has been shifted completely to the Vikings.

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42 Responses to “Peterson says Wilf “stayed true to his word””
  1. welzy says: Sep 10, 2011 10:35 PM

    Peterson is the richest slave ever….

  2. cryanr says: Sep 10, 2011 10:44 PM

    It’s not like Wilf had a choice. Adrian Peterson is the absolute best of the best at the RB position. He is irreplaceable to his team and generally speaking, irreplaceable players get paid.

    Sure, it’s a lot of money to give to someone playing such a demanding position. But, in retrospect, the Vikings paid for much more than a football player.

    They paid for the person that is Adrian Peterson, a person seemingly irreplaceable no matter how you view the matter.

  3. ugk612 says: Sep 10, 2011 10:47 PM

    “Straight ca$h homie!”

  4. sterlingrodgers says: Sep 10, 2011 10:49 PM

    Dude’s a special runner. Vikings had to assume the risk- he’ll help draw fans to the Metrodome and then the new Los Angeles stadium for as long as he’s on the team.

  5. gergie1957 says: Sep 10, 2011 10:49 PM

    Nice, Good to hear as a Viking fan.

  6. aosplayo says: Sep 10, 2011 10:51 PM

    Wilf’s not getting a new stadium and will probably move the team to LA, or sell it….so why not sign your best player to a long term deal and make the team more appealing to prospective buyers……..

  7. zn0rseman says: Sep 10, 2011 10:52 PM

    Adrian Peterson is the best pure running back in the history of the NFL. And I say that knowing that there is a lot of guys throughout NFL history who were very classy and talented players… but AD’s combination of class, talent and tact, are one of a kind.

  8. malblack says: Sep 10, 2011 11:03 PM

    Thank you for making the point that the Vikings can cut him. Statements like “…for the rest of his career” with regard to contracts are misplaced in football.

  9. mecxvi says: Sep 10, 2011 11:04 PM

    AP will be in MN for years, unless he gets cut or traded, or, you know, the team moves to LA.

  10. jebdamone says: Sep 10, 2011 11:05 PM

    i am truly proud of my organization today. All day handled the situation with as much class as he possibly could, and Wilf, once again, proved that he is an owner that wants to build a team to win and keep his core players.
    gotta love adrian’s approach. had he not gotten the contract he would have busted his ass to prove he was worth a mountain of cash. now that he has gotten his mountain of cash, he is the type of guy that want to prove to everyone that he is worth it and will feel comfortable to play the game the way he wants to play it without fear of injury.
    i am a happy man today…and also soooo glad we wrapped up greenway last week as well.

  11. textexington says: Sep 10, 2011 11:09 PM

    Packers won the Superbowl with Brandon Jackson,John KUHHHHHHHHN and James Starks!!! Neither of them makes more than 2.5 million. Go Pack Go!!!

  12. drgfri says: Sep 10, 2011 11:13 PM

    Bravo and well deserved for AP. Unlike that grill wearing moron in Nashville, AP is a class act. Great to see this signing go down with respect for the fans.

  13. polishkingski says: Sep 10, 2011 11:18 PM

    simple equation. a.p makes money for the vikings. he is a stand up, respectable citizen. he will try hard no matter what he has been given. no matter what happens wilf looks good and he paid a guy that would have been a pr disaster if not. as a bills fan i hope the vikes never leave minnisota. they deserve too stay there and not in fxxking l.a.

  14. oraclepz1 says: Sep 10, 2011 11:24 PM

    No shizzit adrian the man just blessed you… Now you can turn into brAndon Jacobs 2.0

  15. bobnelsonjr says: Sep 10, 2011 11:26 PM

    Slave wages.

  16. thehighhat says: Sep 10, 2011 11:28 PM

    I guess modern day slavery pays off for some of those slaves!

  17. NoPayneNoGain51 says: Sep 10, 2011 11:36 PM

    And the Peterson decline begins.

  18. sgmjerry220 says: Sep 10, 2011 11:49 PM

    Zygi has been gold for Minnesota, the best owner in the state, hands down. Arguably one of the best, if not the best in all of the NFL. Now if those loonatics in Minnesota would give the Vikings a stadium…No, those idiots most likely want Peterson’s and Greenway’s income to be taxed in LA.

  19. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 10, 2011 11:54 PM

    Does anybody else get the feeling like he’s going to break his collarbone on Sunday and be out for the year?

  20. thephantomstranger says: Sep 10, 2011 11:56 PM

    Any Packer fan will tell you the Vikings are a first-class organization all the way.

  21. vikesorgtfo says: Sep 11, 2011 12:16 AM

    Zygi is a great owner. Although he isn’t as great of a ‘football mind’ as some other owners, he gives me hope as a Viking fan. Because of the stadium, we have one of the least profitable franchises, yet this guy continues to push for the stadium without letting the best guys on the team go due to money.

  22. aboveaveragejoe11 says: Sep 11, 2011 12:23 AM

    AP getting paid All Day!!! Now get me 150 yds tomorrow in fantasy!

  23. mikeknaj says: Sep 11, 2011 12:31 AM

    Adrian Peterson back in March on the NFL: “It’s modern-day slavery, you know?”

    *facepalm*

  24. trbowman says: Sep 11, 2011 1:02 AM

    96 milli, 36 million guaranteed.

    Still think the NFL is akin to slavery, Adrian?

  25. christhefish says: Sep 11, 2011 1:08 AM

    The Viking owners are again true to their word. I just hope that the Minny legislature are taking them seriously when they say that 2011 is the last year to get a new stadium deal done.

  26. sc5000 says: Sep 11, 2011 1:36 AM

    Vikes locked up there best player, but their o line needs to get better for that investment to work out. No one makes his line look better than AP, when it should be the other way around.

  27. bjamesa says: Sep 11, 2011 1:52 AM

    Congrats to ADP, the Vikings, and their fans.

    It is too bad that his skills, and ultimately his career will be wasted with the Vikings. Being a Packers fan, I look forward to watching him earn $100 million while simultaneously earning zero rings.

  28. jeffreyduncan says: Sep 11, 2011 2:38 AM

    no vow can restrain a WILF

  29. deuce3 says: Sep 11, 2011 3:03 AM

    The Wilf’s are first class. They are signing people that are truly first class. I hope the people of the state of MN, Realize the owners of our teams have kept us a first class place to live.

  30. anhdazman says: Sep 11, 2011 4:34 AM

    Year in and year out, one of the most consistent RB.
    AP sets the standard and is still #1 RB in the NFL in my book.

  31. anhdazman says: Sep 11, 2011 4:41 AM

    Oops, forgot to add, he’s worth every penny!

  32. hauts81 says: Sep 11, 2011 5:05 AM

    a bull in a bowling alley?

  33. bingocostello says: Sep 11, 2011 7:51 AM

    does this mean he’s NOT a SLAVE anymore? what a jagoff!

  34. joetoronto says: Sep 11, 2011 8:01 AM

    zn0rseman says: Sep 10, 2011 10:52 PM

    Adrian Peterson is the best pure running back in the history of the NFL. And I say that knowing that there is a lot of guys throughout NFL history who were very classy and talented players… but AD’s combination of class, talent and tact, are one of a kind.
    *************************************************
    Buddy, a little perspective, please.

    I think he’s an awesome back, but man.

  35. gguffey says: Sep 11, 2011 8:32 AM

    Anyone who works for a pay check, is a slave to the almighty dollar!

  36. illogic87 says: Sep 11, 2011 9:01 AM

    How could you not be happy for AP? I don’t understand. Oh wait, unless you’re one of the countless teams he has crushed. Then I understand. Hate on haters

  37. woodyg says: Sep 11, 2011 9:06 AM

    ” … but AD’s combination of class, talent and tact, are one of a kind. ”

    No one questions the talent but class ???? ….. I tried to think of examples where the word ‘class’ could be applied to Peterson ….. Came up MT …..

    The unfortunate part of this contract is that the odds are high that AP will not see the playoffs for the contract’s entirety …… The Vike’s swoon could outlast their best player …..

  38. bigbluefan1 says: Sep 11, 2011 9:18 AM

    So AP hows that slave thing working out for you

    Hope you like LA

    Running backs are not worth that kind of money he is great but one or two hits away from the bench

  39. btwicey says: Sep 11, 2011 9:22 AM

    Ffs there’s some morons on here, LA? Not worth the $$? Dumb call by the Vikings?! You’re all straight haters for what reason? Because you hate seeing the best RB in the NFL locked up so you’re teams can’t touch him. No reason to throw salt, just trade for him in fantasy – cose that ain’t happening in real life!

  40. Little Earthquake says: Sep 11, 2011 10:34 AM

    Packer fan but I love watching Peterson – he always gives the Vikes a chance. Great player for the rivalry.

  41. gixrider says: Sep 11, 2011 11:04 AM

    zn0rseman, you must be too young to have witnessed Walter Payton. Easily AP’s equal on the field & definitely his superior off of it. (I’m sure many will respond that he was his superior on the field as well and they would get no argument from me.)

  42. johnsticle says: Sep 12, 2011 9:31 AM

    So happy when I saw this a couple days ago. With AD on our squad, we actually still have a chance of being a competitor in the NFC North. With the challenge of the Packers, the up and coming Lions and the always rough Bears… we’re in a tough division. We can’t afford to let a player like AD go.

    Skol Vikings!

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