SEATTLE - AUGUST 20: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings rushes against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on August 20, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Adrian Peterson Signs 7-Year Contract Extension With Minnesota Vikings

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More Accurate Numbers Emerge About Adrian Peterson's Contract Extension

We've finally gotten some more accurate numbers about the sparkling new contract extension that Adrian Peterson agreed to with the Minnesota Vikings today. To borrow a line from one of our favorite TV shows, these numbers are real. . .and they're spectacular.

According to our close, personal friends at Pro Football Talk (™ Sid Hartman), Peterson will get paid a whopping $40 million in the first three years of his new extension. That surpasses the $31 million that Tennessee Titans' running back Chris Johnson will get from the deal he signed a little more than a week ago, and the $30 million that DeAngelo Williams of the Carolina Panthers will receive over the same period of time.

Peterson will get $52 million over the first four years of the deal, and $65 million over the first five. Comparatively, Johnson will get $39 million over the first four years, and $47 million over the first five. (Kind of makes you wonder if Johnson will hold out again next year, doesn't it?)

As we've mentioned previously, long-term contracts for running backs are always a bit of a precarious situation, as the shelf life for a running back is usually pretty short. It will be interesting to see how the Vikings handle things in the fourth and fifth years of the contract, when the guaranteed money will (likely) be next to nothing, and they will seriously have to weigh Peterson's production against his paycheck.

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Schefter: Peterson Contract Extension Worth $96 Million, $32 Million Guaranteed

We've been looking for confirmation on what kind of numbers were attached to Adrian Peterson's new contract extension, and it appears as though ESPN.com's Adam Schefter has them, according to what he just said on Twitter.

Adrian Peterson signed 7-year, $96 million deal that could be worth $100 million w/ escalators. Includes $32 mill gtd, $4 mill injury gt.less than a minute ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry Favorite Retweet Reply


I'm not 100% sure if those numbers are correct, considering that Titans' running back Chris Johnson got $36 million guaranteed.

Regardless, Mr. Peterson appears to be excited about the prospect of spending the rest of his career in the purple and gold.

Very excited! Thx to God, my family, the Vikings, the fans for support. Can’t wait to get a ring and finish my career in Minn.less than a minute ago via WhoSay Favorite Retweet Reply


I sure do hope that #28's optimism is warranted.

Now that the Vikings have the extensions for both Peterson and linebacker Chad Greenway out of the way, they can focus on football.

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Adrian Peterson Signs 7-Year Contract Extension With Minnesota Vikings

For the best coverage of the Minnesota Vikings on the internet, be sure to check out The Daily Norseman.

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