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NFL Lines – Adrian Peterson Gets New Contract

Posted by Marcello Messina on 9/13/2011 1:34:55 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have locked up stud running back Adrian Peterson with a 7-year deal worth a possible total of $100 million.

2010-11 Season
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The Minnesota Vikings and their star running back Adrian Peterson have finally agreed to a contract extension worth $100 million over the next 7 years, with $36 million in guaranteed money. Though unconfirmed, reports stipulate that Peterson should be receiving $40 million of his gargantuan contract within the next three years.

In addition, Adrian Peterson will earn himself an extra $1 million each year he rushes for at least 1,250 yards, a feat he has achieved in each of his first four NFL lines seasons – with his weakest performance still a more than respectable 1,298 rushing yards. The contract, however, stipulates that Peterson can cash in on this feat no more than three times, meaning that he can potentially add a total of $3 million in this bonus, something that few would bet against Peterson achieving. The Vikings’ superstar can also earn an additional $1 million in bonuses related to his team’s performance.

The bulldozing tailback has made an instant impact in the league since he first joined in 2007, where he set the record for the NFL’s single-game rushing record with 296 yards against the San Diego Chargers. Peterson has been picked for the Pro Bowl in each of the four seasons he has played thus far, and has scored 54 touchdowns so far in his career, which is the highest number of anyone who has played during this span of time.

Peterson has averaged 1,446 yards in his first four NFL lines seasons, with a career average of 4.8 yards per carry, with 52 rushing touchdowns. In addition, he has performed for 119 receptions for 1,170 yards and two touchdowns.

With this deal, Peterson has earned himself the largest NFL contract ever awarded to a running back, eclipsing Chris Johnson’s 4- year, $53 million deal that he signed with the Tennessee Titans earlier this month – the two tailbacks are widely regarded as the league’s best.

Peterson’s contract is preceded by a slew of large, long-term deals issued to the league’s stars the past few weeks.

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