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Adrian Peterson Signs 7-Year Contract Extension With Minnesota Vikings

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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)
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)
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Minnesota Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson has inked a seven-year contract extension with the Minnesota Vikings, all but ensuring that if he wants to retire as a member of the Vikings, that's exactly what will happen.

No financial details have been released yet, but one would think that the deal is worth more than the one signed recently by Tennessee Titans' running back Chris Johnson, which gave him $36 million in guaranteed money.

Peterson is widely regarded as the best running back in the National Football League, and now he will be paid like it. There might be some concern about whether or not Peterson can hold up over the length of this contract, as running backs tend to have a shorter shelf life than most other positions on the gridiron.

Peterson, who was selected by the Vikings with the seventh overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft out of the University of Oklahoma, has been one of the NFL's best since he first set foot on an NFL field. He already holds the single-game NFL rushing record with his 296-yard performance against the San Diego Chargers as a rookie, and is the fifth-fastest player in NFL history to reach the 5,000-yard plateau. He is also already tied for the Vikings' franchise lead in rushing touchdowns.

Congratulations to Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings on coming to terms on this deal. We will have more coverage of this contract as more news comes out about it.

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