Peter­son, Vik­ings agree to re­struc­ture con­tract

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY DAVE CAMP­BELL THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Adrian Peter­son and the Min­nesota Vik­ings agreed Tues­day to re­struc­ture the fi­nal three years of his con­tract, giv­ing the six-time Pro Bowl run­ning back $20 mil­lion in guar­an­teed money.

The Vik­ings an­nounced the agree­ment four days be­fore play­ers will re­port to train­ing camp, clear­ing away any lin­ger­ing haze that sur­rounded their re­la­tion­ship with Peter­son. Ini­tially dis­in­ter­ested in re­turn­ing to the team fol­low­ing his re­in­state­ment by the NFL, Peter­son soft­ened this spring and took part in sev­eral off-sea­son prac­tices with the Vik­ings last month.

Peter­son and his lead agent, Ben Dogra, didn’t ap­pear to have any lever­age in ne­go­ti­a­tions once Vik­ings gen­eral man­ager Rick Spielman stood firm in his in­tent to keep Peter­son on the team rather than trade him. But de­spite the drama of the past sev­eral months, Peter­son got the guar­an­teed money he sought, another sign of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s wide­spread ap­pre­ci­a­tion of him.

In a state­ment dis­trib­uted by the Vik­ings, Peter­son said he was pleased by the team’s good-faith ef­fort. On Twit­ter, he posted sim­ply, “Amen,” next to an emoji of a pair of pray­ing hands.

“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,” Peter­son said in the state­ment. “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.”

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