Looking forward to free agency?
Q: Are you be excited to see what might be out there for you on the free-agent market later this year, or do you just want to go to the Niners and say, 'Make me a deal I can be happy with,' because this is where you want to be? Peterson: Right now, I want to see how much the worth is. You work all your life to pretty much get to this point. When you get drafted, you really don't have any say-so. My time is probably pretty much now. This will be a time for me to see where I'm at, personally, as far as with the rest of the league and how everybody else feels about me. So I'm just interested to see how it all turns out. Q: Were you pleased to see LaVar Arrington's deal in Washington, which gave him an eight-year, $80 million contract extension? Peterson: Man, he set the bar. But he was the No. 2 pick (overall in the 2000 NFL draft). So that's going to come with that. Anybody who's a No. 1 or No. 2 who does pretty good in the NFL is going to have those big, 'ol contracts. So we'll see how it is. I don't think I'm going to get nothing like $100 million or anything like that. As long as I'm treated fair, everything should be all right. Q: Is there a chance you'll get a deal worked with the Niners before free agency, or are you intent to see what is out there? Peterson: I really can't say nothing about right now. All I can say right now is that I'm here and waiting, and I'm going to enjoy my time right now. Q: Aside from the money, want length of contract would you like? Peterson: I haven't really decided about that. I really don't know about the length or anything like that, because I really don't plan on playing football for a long, long period of time. I'm not really, like, old school with the Jerry Rices and stuff where he can just keep going. He's in excellent shape and he can do it all day. I just feel, in my position, I don't want to do a long-term deal, like 10 years or anything like that. I don't think I'm going to pull out that much weight. It will probably be a six-year deal, maybe seven or something like that. Q: Do you think of that six or seven years as being the rest of your career? Peterson: Oh, yeah, pretty much. I don't plan on playing the game that long. My body gets abused. I've got messed up joints and fingers that I don't like getting surgeries on, I can tell you that. So I'm going to go ahead and try to just play as much as I can, and enjoy the game, enjoy my teammates, and to play with a passion and desire that everybody appreciates and pretty much leave it out there. Q: When it comes to free agency, what are your criteria? Peterson: I have no idea right now. I'm not even thinking really about where I want to go or anything like that. The season is over now, so that's like a real big tension off the top. I just need some time to kind of get away a little bit and have some time to think. Q: But you really view this as the deal that will be your final contract? Peterson: Personally, I think so. But you never know. Everybody says that. Michael Jordan said, 'I retire,' and he came back and put two different numbers on. So we'll see what's going on. Right now, I'm just going to get ready to go to Hawaii (for the Feb. 8 Pro Bowl) and be out there with Fred Beasley, T.O. and the rest of the guys and just represent the team well.
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