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.

42 responses to “Peterson says Wilf “stayed true to his word”

  1. 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.

  2. 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……..

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. ” … 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 …..

  18. 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

  19. 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!

  20. 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.)

  21. 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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