Show Me the Money!

The fantastic start by rookie Adrian Peterson could result in millions of additional dollars being kicked into contract starting this year and potentially could hit escalators that will increase the final four years of his deal much sooner than perhaps initially anticipated.

When the Vikings announced the mammoth contract given to Adrian Peterson, many wondered how a rookie could become potentially the highest paid running back in the league. It was pointed out, however, that a significant portion of the deal was tied into incentives, but after a blistering start, Peterson is already making a serious run at collecting most if not all of his 2007 incentive money.

Aside from signing bonus money, Peterson was guaranteed to make $1.54 million in 2007, according to the Star Tribune. His base salary is just $285,000, but that would be bumped by almost $2.5 million if Peterson rushes for 701 yards or more and takes part in 45 percent of the team's offensive plays. Through just five games, he is just 94 yards away from cashing in on that bonus.

He will also get $250,000 if he is named Rookie of the Year by one of three organizations – Associated Press, Pro Football Weekly or The Sporting News. At this point, it seems impossible that he won't be named the top rookie by anything less than all three of them.

The fun doesn't stop there. If he can meet the incentives in his deal and 2007 and 2008, escalators kick in that will drive the value up on the final four years of his deal, which could mean that, barring injury, the Vikings will be on the hook for most if not all of the contract he signed in August, according to the report.

While Vikings fans have fallen in love with their new running back, the Vikings are going to have to pay the piper if he continues at his torrid pace. But, as the Vikings see it, it's money well spent that many rookies have been paid but never lived up to.

* Tarvaris Jackson (groin), Dwight Smith (hamstring) and Erasmus James (shoulder) were all limited in practice Wednesday and was put on the team's initial injury report. Special teams players Vinny Ciurciu (ankle) and Naufahu Tahi (knee) did not practice Wednesday.
* Bryant McKinnie has been playing with a broken left hand suffered during the Packers game Sept. 30. McKinnie, who held out half of his rookie season, has not missed a game during his pro career and has played through injuries in the past.
* The league announced Wednesday that Koren Robinson, who had been suspended for a year after pleading guilty to DWI and driving 100 mph last August heading back to Vikings training camp, was approved for league reinstatement. He is being allowed to return to the Packers, who have him under contract. The Packers are on their bye week this week.
* The Browns signed former Viking TE Richard Angulo to their practice squad after releasing TE Jonny Harline.
* The Rams placed former Vikings LB Raonall Smith on injured reserve Wednesday, ending his 2007 season due to a knee injury.
* Although he was expected to return by this time, Terry Glenn has been ruled out by the Cowboys again this week. Glenn hasn't played a down in the regular season after being injured and requiring surgery during training camp.
* The Lions signed former Vikings CB Dovonte Edwards to a contract.
* Former Viking Travis Taylor also found his way back to the NFL, signing with the Rams.

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