Ever since Adrian Peterson's notorious child-abuse case and subsequent 15-game suspension, projections of the star running back returning to the Minnesota Vikings looked up in the air. Not anymore, though.
On Tuesday (July 21), Peterson and the Vikings mutually agreed to restructure the final three years of his contract, giving arguably the best rusher in the NFL more security. NFL.com is reporting that Peterson's new deal includes a guaranteed 2015 salary of $12.75 million and injury guarantees for the following season.
After the $12.75 million he's due to earn in 2015, Peterson is also scheduled to cash in on $14.75 million and $16.75 million in 2016 and 2017, although those two seasons reportedly don't offer guaranteed money.
"I appreciate the Vikings for working together on this restructured contract, which provides additional security for me but also allows opportunities for me to further prove my value to the team and within the NFL," said Peterson, 30. "It was important for me to continue my career in Minnesota, and I cannot wait to get on the field in front of Vikings fans again."
This news should end reports about Peterson allegedly telling the Vikings that he wants to play for the Dallas Cowboys.
Peterson rushed for 1,266 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013 before being suspended for nearly the entire 2014 season.
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