Peterson has agreed to a two-year, $7 million deal with the New Orleans Saints, NFL Network reported. The first year of the contract is guaranteed for $3.5 million.
According to what Peterson told ESPN, the two-year deal can reach $8.25 million with incentives.
“On offense, it goes without saying that the Saints are really solid behind Drew Brees. I feel like my skill set can make them even more dominant as a unit,” Peterson told ESPN. “They have a great offensive line, which is something that stood out to me as well.”
Peterson struggled in the three games he played last year behind Minnesota’s offensive line. Two of the games he played were with the Vikings’ line at full strength, but Peterson was hurt in Week 2 and played only one more game the rest of the season. He averaged just 1.9 yards on 37 carries for the season.
It was the second time in three seasons that Peterson played three games or fewer, as he played only one game in 2014 and then spent the rest of the season dealing with legal issues stemming from allegations of child abuse.
But when healthy and motivated, Peterson has proved to be one of the best running backs in the NFL. He rushed for 2,097 yards, averaging 6 yards per carry, in 2012, when he was coming off a torn ACL suffered in December 2011. In 2015, he also led the league in rushing with 1,485 yards and a 4.5-yard average.