Minnesota Vikings fans can breathe a sigh of relief for the future just a day before the 2011 regular season is scheduled to kick off.
The Vikings and superstar running back Adrian Peterson have reportedly agreed to a seven year extension.
According to Fox Sports North:
The Vikings and their 26-year-old star tailback announced a lengthy contract extension Saturday. The deal is reportedly for seven years.
At the moment, the exact financial numbers haven’t been announced. But Vikings fans can expect Peterson’s contract to be slightly higher than the 55 million dollar, six-year contract that Tennessee Titans gave to their superstar running back Chris Johnson just days ago.
According to Adam Shefter’s Twitter:
Adrian Peterson signed 7-year, $96 million deal that could be worth $100 million w/ escalators. Includes $32 mill gtd, $4 mill injury gt.
Peterson, who has been a Pro Bowler in each of his first four years in the league, will continue to be the face of the Vikings franchise for many more years to come.
While the 2011 season may be a struggle for the Vikings, at least their fans can hang their hats on the fact that Peterson will be wearing purple and torching opposing defenses for the next seven years.
Brett is a contributor to The Sports Bank. He covers all things Minnesota sports. You can follow him on Twitter @brettcloutierFollow paulmbanks