Adrian Peterson’s base deal pays $44 million over three years

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Before Tuesday, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was due to make $44.75 million non-guaranteed over the next three years. Now, Peterson is due to make less — but he’s likely to earn a lot more of it, with the Vikings or someone else.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Peterson’s new contract has a base value of $44 million over the next three years.

For 2015, Peterson’s $12.75 million base salary (and unearned $250,000 roster bonus) becomes an $11 million base salary that is fully guaranteed, with a $2 million roster bonus due to be paid on July 28.

For 2016, Peterson will earn a base salary of $7.75 million, $7 million of which is guaranteed for injury only at signing. The rest of it becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2016 league year. Also on the third day of the league year, Peterson earns a $5 million roster bonus.

For 2017, Peterson will earn a base salary of $11.75 million, with a $6 million roster bonus due on the third day of the league year.

In both 2016 and 2017, Peterson can earn another $250,000 by participating in the OTA practices and mandatory minicamps.

It adds up to $44 million. It’s $750,000 less than Peterson already was due to make, but the deal requires the Vikings to make early decisions about Peterson in 2016 and 2017, allowing him to either earn his money from the Vikings or to hit the open market early, before the free-agency money is spent and the roster spots are filled.

There also are some potential tweaks to the base value of the deal, both positive and negative. We’ll break those down in a separate post. Some of you may see that as a negative. I personally see that as a positive.

68 responses to “Adrian Peterson’s base deal pays $44 million over three years

  1. Only way he becomes a FA is if he is in legal trouble again, or is a shell of his former self when he returns to the field. Those are cap friendly numbers and would make him easy to trade and that would be the option for the vikings rather than cut him in the event that he doesn’t fit into the future plans. My guess is AD has a few good years left in him and barring injury will play out this contract in purple

  2. Adrian is an all time back, if he finishes out this contract he has did some great things, and I am looking forward to watching it. Chime on in hate mongers.

  3. He’ll be cut after 2016.

    In fact, he may be cut after 2015, saving the team 5MM.
    I’d say that’s > 50% because he’s older and has been away for a year.

    >>For 2016, Peterson will earn a base salary of $7.75 million, $7 million of which is guaranteed for injury only at signing. The rest of it becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2016 league year. Also on the third day of the league year, Peterson earns a $5 million roster bonus.

  4. Remember when Dogra said that AD would never play in a Vikings uniform again? Just shows you that the Vikings front office and coaching staff is top notch. Both sides worked it out smoothly

  5. randywoodfield says:
    Jul 21, 2015 4:36 PM
    As a former Packer player I can personally say my Packers would never even have drafted someone capable of such acts.

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    Either you aren’t familiar with history, or you are lenient when it comes to sex acts with minors, as a father I don’t support want AP did but understand it was how he was raised in effort to provide discipline, I don’t understand having relations with Teen girls

  6. Peterson will be flat as a pancake on the field this year. He knows that what he’ll have banked will be the last money he’ll make in the NFL, and it will show.

    He’ll average 88 yards a game, and the fumbles will increase exponentially as the season goes on. Don’t bother trying to get him to pass block or run a route out of the backfield. He’ll be extremely stoppable at the goal line without the fire he’s played with in the past, and fantasy owners will be dumping him by Week 10.

    This time next year, the Vikings will try to sign Matt Forte, who will foolishly not be retained by Chicago. Forte will use them to drive up his price, and then spurn them by signing with Green Bay or New England.

  7. Wow. We were supposed to cut him and his ridiculously high cap number AFTER last season due to his age.

    Now he goes out…beats his small kid, demands a trade or more guaranteed money as a reward and we cave in like a bunch of pansies.

    I’m done with this team. Ownership and the front office are a joke!

  8. Remember when Dogra said that AD would never play in a Vikings uniform again? Just shows you that the Vikings front office and coaching staff is top notch. Both sides worked it out smoothly
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    He only said it because he was trying to force the Vikes to give him more guaranteed money so we couldn’t dump him and his high salary, which everyone knew would likely happen. And we fell for it.

    Dogra made our front office look like his peons and a bunch of fools by getting them to cave into his demands with 3 years left on his contract.

  9. I don’t understand having relations with Teen girls
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    Who was convicted of doing that? From what I recall, all of Sharpers victims were of age.

  10. -You knew that crazy old contract would not last.

    -Peterson just got a lot easier to trade or cut so he is in a much better position to depart from the Minnesota franchise.

    -Now he has to prove he is worth it

    -Only a player desperate to leave or fearful of being cut would sign the bizarre new contract.

  11. Perhaps Mr. Florio can clarify further, but I am reading this to mean that the Vikings have an opt-out option if they cut him before the third day of the official league year commencing in 2016. Doing so will cost them 7.75 million, which would count against the 2016 season as dead cap money.

    Or am I reading this wrong?

  12. Some of you folks who are taking “randywoodfield” seriously need to google “randall woodfield”.

    You’ll see that he’s a serial killer who was a 17th round draft pick for the Packers in the 70’s and never made the team.

    It’s obviously a troll account and you’ve been had.

    He was drafted by Dan Devine, the coach who was famously run out of town because he was so bad.

  13. I am absolutely drop-jawed over this. I cannot believe the Vikings would cave like a house of cards.

    This….will blow up in their faces. This….will end up being one of the stupidest moves ever made by a front office.

  14. As a vested veteran (at least 4 years in the league), AP’s 2015 salary was already guaranteed provided he was on the final 53 man roster, which he will be. If he was cut in the middle of the season a vested veteran has a one time right to take the remaining of his base salary as termination pay (and have the ability to sign with another team and double dip salary). So at the end of the day, Peterson’s 2015 salary was already guaranteed.

  15. Let the under-educated trash away, but it’s basically a 2 year contract that guarantees him $20M — a much lower annual salary hit and cap saving move by the Vikes. AP gets 2 years of income certainty, and the Vikes get cap relief during 2 likely productive years. AP’s getting less than under the old contract, but now has guaranteed money. The trolls will play the “reward” card (and what he did remains disgusting), but this benefits the team more.

  16. Running backs nearly always begin to slow down after they turn 30. Especially when they’ve been starting for so many years.

    Peterson may only have 1 good year left in him, if any at all; so it makes sense that the Vikings would want to make it easier to cut him next season.

  17. Cancer insurance. Nothing more, nothing less.
    Why the Vikings guaranteed anything more money to this piece of garbage, when they didn’t have to, is beyond me.

    This is a great deal for the Vikes? Why, because the team told you it was.
    And all you rubes lap it up. skoLOL!

    There is a significant reason why one team in your division continues to win, while Minnesota wallows in mediocrity and it goes a lot deeper than the Quarterback.

    It starts at the very top and runs all the way through the administration.
    And until your owner realizes it, nothing is going to change.

  18. tokyosandblaster says:
    Jul 21, 2015 4:35 PM
    Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    >
    hahahahahahahahhahahahahaha…cheese hats with NFL Owner written on them.

  19. Rodgers12 says:
    Jul 21, 2015 5:15 PM
    Some of you folks who are taking “randywoodfield” seriously need to google “randall woodfield”.

    You’ll see that he’s a serial killer who was a 17th round draft pick for the Packers in the 70’s and never made the team.
    —————-
    Hey don’t forget I was arrested multiple times for vandalism and public indecency before my Packers drafted me.

    BTW, does anybody know how my Packers are expected to do this year? I don’t get too much news in here.

  20. 250dollarnflowner says:
    Jul 21, 2015 4:58 PM
    Remember when Dogra said that AD would never play in a Vikings uniform again? Just shows you that the Vikings front office and coaching staff is top notch. Both sides worked it out smoothly

    What I dont like about this deal is that Dogra got paid. He didnt get a dime out of Petersons old contract but now gets to see money out of this one.

  21. @davetrembely – If the Vikings cut AP before the 3rd day of the 2016 league year, they owe him nothing. The $7M is guaranteed for injury only, it becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the leauge year.

    Essentially it forces the Vikings to make a decision whether to keep AP or not early in the year. If they don’t want to keep him it would give Peterson ample time to find a new team, as free agency will not have started.

  22. “Some of you folks who are taking “randywoodfield” seriously need to google “randall woodfield”.

    You’ll see that he’s a serial killer who was a 17th round draft pick for the Packers in the 70’s and never made the team.

    It’s obviously a troll account and you’ve been had.

    He was drafted by Dan Devine, the coach who was famously run out of town because he was so bad.”

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    And was then signed by the Vikings, right?

  23. brettunderhilll says:
    Jul 21, 2015 5:42 PM

    “Some of you folks who are taking “randywoodfield” seriously need to google “randall woodfield”.

    You’ll see that he’s a serial killer who was a 17th round draft pick for the Packers in the 70’s and never made the team.

    It’s obviously a troll account and you’ve been had.

    He was drafted by Dan Devine, the coach who was famously run out of town because he was so bad.”

    —————–

    And was then signed by the Vikings, right?
    ______________________________________

    Well, the Vikings famously signed Mossy Cade after his prison stint, so I wouldn’t doubt it.

  24. wafflestomp says:
    Jul 21, 2015 6:01 PM

    Well, the Vikings famously signed Mossy Cade after his prison stint, so I wouldn’t doubt it.
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    Mossy! My buddy from the Packers. I always liked Mossy because like myself Mossy was able to play with the Packers even after his arrest. Heck I think Mossy played for 2 whole seasons after his arrest.

    How’s Mossy doing?

  25. Dogra played this team like a game of checkers. What a bunch of fools. This decision will come back to absolutely haunt them, because this is the Vikings we’re talking about. Nothing can be done without it becoming a complete clownshow.

  26. He’ll be cut after 2016.

    In fact, he may be cut after 2015, saving the team 5MM.
    ——
    Yes. And you all said he’d be cut or traded this off season. And then you said his contract would not be restructured.

    The truth is, nobody can guess until we actually see him play this season. I’ve seen him this off season. He’s still in phenomenal shape and has great speed. He will be top 2-3 in rushing yards and TD’s. And he will play the next 3-5 years in Minnesota.

  27. This is a great deal for the Vikes? Why, because the team told you it was.
    And all you rubes lap it up. skoLOL!
    ——-
    No, because the new deal saves the Vikings salary cap over 3 years if AP comes back strong, and allows them to cut him without much penalty if they so choose.

    Basically, this deal also shows the Vikings fully expect AP to as well for at least 2 years. If they didn’t, they would have just cut him now.

  28. Actually, this new restructured deal won’t save the Vikings a dime if it becomes dead money.

    Minnesota gave away 20 million in leverage to get out of this deal if they have to.
    I just don’t understand why everyone’s so giddy about this when he was already signed with no guarantees. The small amount of cap space is negligible.

    This was nothing more than cancer insurance given to a player who doesn’t want to be there anyway.
    But hey, enjoy your 6 or 7 wins this season.

  29. Cheeseheads have never been to good with math. Here is a little math quiz for them to demonstrate.

    The latest project in Lambeau field will be a $55 million renovation of the 168 luxury suites, which have not been updated since the major stadium expansion in 2003.

    Since the Packer stock is being used to now paying $55 million per 168 luxury suites, what percentage did each stock owner fork over to upgrade 1 luxury suite?

  30. AP musta been a beast in OTA’s for the Vikes to cave and offer him a deal to keep him in Minny forever. Watch out NFCN. Hope your defenses are up to it.

  31. ALL YOU CHEESE-WADS THAT ARE THUMBING DOWN ARE PRAYING THEY TRADE HIM, HA..HA..HA..HA!!!!!

    He’s worth every penney of this deal and he will prove it to everyone…again!!!

  32. Not sure why everyone thinks the packers and their fans are so worried? AP has been there for years and we’ve owned them for years. Why will this year be any different, because AP is all jacke d up on adrenaline from beating up his kid? Y’all are too funny. Every offseason you talk and talk and then around November you disappear until spring.

  33. Best of all, getting the deal done now removes the public relations problem for the vikings of Peterson from holding out from training camp in order to get this deal.

  34. It’s crazy to see Vikings fans defend this child abuser because he’s on their favorite team…would happen the same in any other NFL city too…..He whipped his 4 year old son till his scrotum was bleeding… imagine the horror in that kids eyes….now, go root for him .

  35. Good deal for both sides. AP is in great shape. I’m going out to training camp on August 7th, so I’ll chime in after that. Im sure AP is in top notch shape and hasn’t lost a step, plus he’s got something to prove so all the NFC North defenders better be ready for some violent collisions. AP will be AP, Bridgewater looks like he’ll take a step forward. There areegit reasons for optimism.

  36. Thank God my Cardinals didn’t sign this guy. Way overpriced and a bad teammate. Good luck in that dumpster state

  37. Great Caesar’s Ghost says:
    Jul 21, 2015 5:26 PM

    Good. Can’t wait to watch CM3 get off the sideline in Seattle.

  38. Peterson will be flat as a pancake on the field this year. He knows that what he’ll have banked will be the last money he’ll make in the NFL, and it will show.

    He’ll average 88 yards a game…

    ———————————–

    Well shoot, that still puts him >1400 yds. Considering he’s averaged 98 a game for his career and has been under 88 a game in three of his seasons, that’s quite a tame estimate to go with your bold words.

  39. Philosophically speaking, there is no need to pay any rb this type of money. They break down the fastest, are the easiest replaced, and have zero to do with winning a title.

  40. pkrlvr says:
    Y’all are too funny. Every offseason you talk and talk and then around November you disappear until spring.

    And your Packers do the same every January, if not sooner.

  41. poison66 says:
    Jul 22, 2015 1:13 AM
    Thank God my Cardinals didn’t sign this guy. Way overpriced and a bad teammate. Good luck in that dumpster state
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    AP is widely known as a great teammate. And Minnesota has more Fortune 500 companies than any state in the union.

  42. pkrlvr says:
    Jul 21, 2015 8:49 PM
    Not sure why everyone thinks the packers and their fans are so worried? AP has been there for years and we’ve owned them for years. Why will this year be any different
    —————–
    Better coaches than years past.
    Much better defense.
    Teddy Bridgewater
    Mike Wallace
    If Rudolph is healthy
    Healthy offensive line

    The real question is, why do you think things will remain the same??? I’m not saying the Packers won’t win the division this year, but it’s amusing when, after the Packers beat the Vikings by 3 points last year, you still feel the Packers will dominate them.

  43. This is a GREAT deal for the Vikings. Peterson feels like he’s gotten something, which restores harmony in the locker room and motivates Peterson. The reality of it is he got virtually nothing. He has $7 million more guaranteed if he gets injured, but not much else. If he’s healthy, he’s not even guaranteed to be released early in March with the way this is structured. There’s a potential $5 million roster bonus, but that’s only if he performs well enough that its a no-brainer for the Vikings to keep him. With the potential reductions for not gaining enough yardage (or the Vikings not going far enough in the playoffs), if Peterson’s performance is poor enough to make the Vikings want to take their time and think this over, the roster bonus they would have to pay is only $3-4 million. Peterson would most want to be cut early if he had a bad year and needed time to find a team willing to still pay him regardless; but in this circumstance the Vikings have the least incentive to cut him loose fast. Peterson’s agent really got him next to nothing here.

  44. “randywoodfield says: As a former Packer player I can personally say my Packers would never even have drafted someone capable of such acts.”

    No… the Packers just draft and keep players who shoot firearms into the air when women turn them down, get caught speeding with a loaded firearm and a controlled substance in their vehicle, are arrested and convicted for domestic assault, and are arrested and convicted of drugging someone, then raping them… but they’d never draft someone who’d lose control when disciplining their child.

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