Vikings running back Adrian Peterson reiterated Sunday that his contract status is not a major concern. Approached by Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune at a charity event, Peterson confirmed that he will be at training camp on time.
Peterson also “seemed somewhat annoyed” by speculation he might consider a holdout, and expressed confidence that his agent and the Vikings are on good terms with regard to contract-related matters.
As pointed out by Mike Florio earlier this month, escalators in Peterson’s rookie deal have been activated by his playing time and performance. He’ll earn a $3.64 million base salary in 2010, not the fourth-year minimum as the basic rookie contract normally dictates for a fourth-year player.
The situation could get interesting next offseason.
Peterson’s salary spikes to $10.72 million in 2011, and could get even higher if he hits more escalators this season. While Peterson is arguably worth it as the best running back in the NFC, the Vikings might want to move some of the money around instead of being on the hook for roughly $11 million guaranteed — or more — once Peterson makes the Week One roster.
Peterson’s contract is also set to void after the 2011 season.