Adrian Peterson can be now be called a Viking for life, after he and the team reached a seven-year contract extension worth $100 million with $36 million in guarantees.
In a statement from Peterson tweeted by the Vikings, he said, "Today is an incredible day. Minnesota's where I want to be and I'm excited to continue playing for you."
In a statement released by the team, owner Zygi Wilf praised Peterson for his contribution to the fan base of Minnesota and said that he is happy the team was able to lock down its two franchise players to contracts – after signing Chad Greenway to a long-term deal.
"Adrian's performances on the field have given fans so much excitement since he first joined us as a rookie," Wilf said. "His talent and determination are remarkable and we are proud to have him be a part of our family for years to come. We are excited that in the past week we have been able to lock up Chad Greenway and Adrian for the long term. Both players have come up in our system and are the foundation to the future of the Vikings."
Head coach Leslie Frazier said that Peterson's contribution to the organization is pronounced and that the Vikings have arguably the most talented player in the league locked up for the better part of this decade.
"Adrian is, to me, the best running back in pro football and we're happy to have him as a part of the organization for the long term," Frazier said. "He's a fan favorite and a great teammate. Adrian's a guy we lean on when he's on the field with the ball in his hand and as a leader in the locker room."
There had been talk that, had a deal not been struck before the start of the season, negotiations may have been put on hold. But, as Peterson and the Vikings are leaving this afternoon for San Diego, it's a done deal and No. 28 will remain the focal point of the Vikings offense for years to come.
According to ESPN, the meat of the deal is three years for $40 million beyond his $10.72 million salary this year. No matter the "real" part of the deal, the extension secures Peterson for the foreseeable future and through what are typically the most productive years of a running back's career.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.
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