Vikings give Adrian Peterson $36 million guarantee on new deal

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The Minnesota Vikings have reached agreement on a new contract with Adrian Peterson that could keep the running back in Minnesota for the rest of his career.

Peterson is signing a seven-year, $100 million deal with $36 million guaranteed, a league source tells PFT’s Mike Florio.

The contract means there’s a good chance that the 26-year-old Peterson will retire a Viking.

Peterson’s deal is the biggest to date for a running back, topping both the five-year, $43 million deal with $21 million guaranteed for DeAngelo Williams of the Panthers and the four-year, $53.5 million contract extension, with $30 million guaranteed, received by Chris Johnson of the Titans.

68 responses to “Vikings give Adrian Peterson $36 million guarantee on new deal

  1. This guy will start to decline in 2 years. Which means in just 2 seasons he will be worth no more than a league min rookie. Do not get.

  2. He’s what you want in a running back. No drama/hold-out, gets the job done, old-school running back. I would pick him over C.J. ANYDAY of the week.

  3. 36 million guaranteed only to go no better than 5-11 this season?

    I’m actually surprised the Vikings didn’t try dealing him to build for the future like they did with Moss, although, they netted Troy Williamson in the Moss deal. Oh, and who can forget Napoleon Harris? So, maybe they feared that due to their poor drafting record they wouldn’t come out ahead on the deal.

    Studies done show RB’s really decline not with age but with touches…he has about two years to get to 3k touches combined in his RB career encompassing HS, College and NFL. He’s due for a catastrophic injury to…he’s been remarkably injury free after problems at OU.

  4. In today’s NFL – the RB position is the one place where you don’t NEED a stud to win. (see GB last year for the most recent)

    100 million for a RB, any RB just doesn’t make sense. The position itself just isn’t worth that.

    Good luck MN/LA

  5. Great Deal for Peterson! Congrats… Coincidentally That guaranteed money adds up to $1 million a Fumble (36) per season!! Everybody wins!! 😉

  6. If anyone deserves that kind of money in the NFL, Peterson is definitely worthy of it. He doesn’t trash talk, shows up, let’s his play on the field do his talkin’…….in other news, Chris Johnson will again be unhappy with his contract and sit out until the Titans renegoiate it. This contract dwarfs CJ’s.

  7. Fourte should have held out. The bears are crazy if they think he’s going to sign for 10 to 13 mill guaranteed. His price just went up. Another brilliant move by the best G.M. in the N.F.L Jerry Angelo. 🙁

  8. str82dvd — He’ll start to decline in 2 years???? Nice try on the buzzkill, pal, but anybody with a brain knows you’re full of s**t. LMAO!

  9. AP is the greatest Viking of all-time, and a future hall of famer. He deserves every penny of this deal. I couldn’t be any happier.

  10. There are alot of idiots speaking out here. CJ knew AP was going to get more money. The crazy contract here is DeAngelo Williams. Also, know that the great ones last long enough. The only one I can think of who’s career was abbreviated is Gayle Sayers. I’m just glad to know that some people still value a good running back. They help quarterbacks better than the O line!

  11. A no brainer. SO is the best RB in the league and a class act. He shows no sign of slowing down. If Ponder can develop and the team has a couple good drafts they can be in the SB hunt before AP is done. In the meantime he is fun to watch.

  12. 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 going to have to pay to re-up? Fans want to 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.

  13. So much hate here which I find pathetic. He’s the best there is and is worth every penny, great job minny!!

  14. Pretty good deal. Peterson is still only 26 meaning he has exactly 4 years till he hits the dreaded age of 30 which is right around the time most running backs start to decline. (Most running backs that have seen significant carries early on in their career. Thomas Jones had some of the best years of his career from his late to early 30’s but then again he didn’t get over 14o carries in a season until his 5th season).

  15. Good move by Minnesota, All Day is a game changer and someone that you SHOULD be building around. CJ wants to know where that pen with invisible ink was when he needed it!

  16. I don’t see any hate here for AP at all. Nobody’s said he sucks because he clearly doesn’t suck. But it’s nearly a universal law that RBs go downhill at about age 30 and AP’s 26 . Life is tough on the body when you’re a RB who’s had lots of touches. So, the entire deal seems unrealistically long. If he keeps performing at a top level for the next three or four years, it won’t have been a bad deal for either side.

  17. Vikings got worked on this deal. Chris Johnson is better in my mind, but it’s understandable if many like Peterson a little more. However, Peterson isn’t worth that much more money or years than Johnson.

    Like all big contracts, this one will likely allow Minnesota to cut their losses after 3 or 4 years without much financial harm.

  18. I can only in my dreams hope to witness a talent of A.D. on my Packers in my lifetime. Good signing, Vikes. That being said, are you Vikings fans ready for our G-pete™ Super Bowl run?

  19. All three RB deals are nuts. Has a team ever given a long-term mega-deal to a RB and not lived to regret it?

  20. Vikings are definitely righting the ship. Its going to take years to fix this mess. Having AP locked up gives them a chance.


    Have you ever seen an elite 30yearold RB. Do the math. Grats to the vikes. AP is one of the best if not the best RB but the clock is ticking.

    Running backs have a shorter shelf life than other position players. Look around

  21. I’m a diehard Packer fan but Adrian Peterson deserves this deal, unlike some players *cough Michael Vick cough*. It’s pretty scary that the Packers have to put up with him twice a year.

  22. Peterson’s a great player and a class act, but people should stop comparing his handling of his contract situation to CJ’s. It’s not like Johnson already had tens of millions of dollars in the bank from his rookie deal and was due another $10M+ this season whether he got a new deal or not.

    Such was the inequity of the old rookie contract slotting.

  23. 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!

  24. Congrats to ap but he can’t carry that team forever especially given the shelf life of rbs and certainly one who runs as hard as he does.

  25. Part of me wanted the Vikes to reverse Herschel Walker trade Peterson just to atone for those sins but this is the best case scenario for sure. As someone who was sitting in the stands when he broke the single game rushing record, you’re never going to see a more explosive and entertaining back in this lifetime – he is worth every penny of this contract.

    Can’t wait to see him knock BJ Raji on his fat arse this season, and then smoke smoke Suh and pulverize Peppers.

  26. love the post cusoman!!! Watch what he does to the LA CHARGERS tomorrow!!!! The last time they played, didn’t he put up an NFL record 296 yards that game????

  27. AP is the greatest Viking of all-time, and a future hall of famer. …..

    Fran Tarkington, Hall of Famer, takes you to 3 Super Bowls and my how easily they forget you!

  28. For the NFC North trash talkers, let’s see what happens tomorrow. The best get paid the best to be the best. Congrats AP and thank you for showing class.

  29. dtrb10 says: Sep 10, 2011 7:45 PM

    love the post cusoman!!! Watch what he does to the LA CHARGERS tomorrow!!!! The last time they played, didn’t he put up an NFL record 296 yards that game????
    He may need to repeat that to keep up with Rivers 382 and 4 TD’s.

    Good luck.

  30. We gave Brett twenty large last year. This is almost like stealing compared to that waste of dough.

  31. The best Viking of all time??? Let me guess… you just started watching football 4 years ago.

    I guess you didnt watch him fumble that game away that you so love to blame on Favre.

    And yes its stupid to give a RB such a big contract. Go look at some winning teams. Packers, Colts,Patriots, Saints, And Steelers and see if they would give that much to a position.

  32. What , that’s a little over 14 million a year, and I had to tell the family we can’t afford Sunday ticket this year…………Go Adrian !

  33. Skol!

    As a lifelong Viking fan, there has not been a player with his skillset, and his level of class in a very long while!
    This is a passing league these days, and it seems the WR’s and QB’s typically get the big $$. Peterson, is that , “Diamond in the Ruff” player that is difficult to measure! There is nobody like him in the league today! Chris Johnson is fun to watch, but is simply not even close to the same level. The punishment that peterson puts on players is evident. He has 5+ solid years left, and he is a game changer!
    IMO, the jury is out on Ponder. I have seen alot that I like up until now. My only question, is his size! He appears to be so short, and that could be the X-factor that prevents him from becoming a FQB.
    Time will tell. Congrats AP, other than your foolish “slavery” comment, you have shown class worthy of kids to look up to! 350 Rushing yards tomorrow sounds about right!

  34. Who is “AD”?

    AD is the nickname that he has had forever. It wasn’t until he got to the NFL that people started calling him AP. AD stands for ALLDAY, that is his nickname.

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