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Vikings, Peterson agreed to restructured contract

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The Minnesota Vikings announced they have agreed to restructure the final three years of running back Adrian Peterson’s contract. Details of the new deal were not immediately available.

Peterson, who missed the final 15 games last season for abusing his son, sought a restructured contract earlier this offseason after it became clear the Vikings would not grant his request to be traded. The 30-year-old was due to earn $12.75 million in base salary this season along with $2.4 million of the signing bonus he received as part of his seven-year deal in 2011. He was scheduled to earn $14.75 million in 2016 and $16.75 in 2017 in base salary, along with a $250,000 workout bonus each year, but Peterson was seeking more in guaranteed money.

“This agreement is a win for both Adrian and the Vikings and is a positive step toward Adrian finishing his career as a Minnesota Viking,” Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement. “As we have consistently said, Adrian is a valuable part of the Vikings organization and we look forward to his return to the field.”

The Vikings also released a statement on behalf of Peterson that read: “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.

“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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