The Vikings’ season opener in the spotlight of Monday Night Football will have the same drama as your regulary schedule primetime programming. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota's star running back for 10 seasons, will suit up in a New Orleans Saints uniform against his former team.
Peterson agreed to terms with the Saints, ESPN reported early Tuesday, for two years in a deal worth $7 million. However, only $3.5 million is guaranteed and his 2018 salary would be $3.5 million.
“I am excited to be joining the New Orleans Saints," Peterson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. "I'm really looking forward to this opportunity. Most importantly, I chose this team because it just felt right within my spirit. Additionally, my wife and family added their confirmation with the same feelings.
The football community has mixed feelings about the news.
New Orleans fans like the addition of a seven-time Pro Bowler and 2012 league MVP. Some Vikings fans are sending Peterson well-wishes, while others are using this opportunity to let Saints fans what they like least about the former Vikings star. Overall, the football community is showing excitement about the Week 1 showdown on Monday Night Football.
Here's what people are saying:
squirreljerky: Woot! A giant helping of fumblaya!
frmrmnsotn: Now I can't wait for fans to turn on Rick when he lights us up on the first Monday night.
aodabuse: Oh, the bittersweet taste of Peterson going to the team that he helped propel to the Superbowl.
ericgus55: Good for him and best wishes, hopefully he can benefit from a fresh start.
Week 1.— NFL (@NFL) April 25, 2017
Saints @ Vikings.
Monday Night Football.
Well Monday Night Football week 1 should be fun, Adrian Peterson vs Vikings.— Joey Euliss (@joey_euliss) April 25, 2017
Best wishes to Adrian Peterson...besides his week 1 game vs my Vikes— big boy (@tacomangoboom) April 25, 2017
The NFL knew Adrian Peterson was signing w/ Saints before it released the schedule last week. I'll never be convinced otherwise.— Patrick Reusse (@1500ESPN_Reusse) April 25, 2017
Hope @AdrianPeterson can pick up a ring with the Saints. Thanks for all the years in Minnesota. Nothing but respek.— Chase (@TheMisterChase) April 25, 2017
If you want to be technical about it Adrian Peterson already got the saints to a Super Bowl— Tim Brown (@TMBScouting) April 24, 2017
Saints fans on twitter acting as if they got prime Adrian Peterson... calm down— David Adessa (@DavidAdessa386) April 25, 2017
This Adrian Peterson to the Saints reminds me of Emmitt Smith to the Cardinals— South Beach Kip (@Kipmoney) April 25, 2017
@AdamSchein Adrian Peterson is more consistent than Ingram. They have a better chance of FINALLY balancing out the offense and controlling the clock.— Michael Lovett (@michaellovett74) April 25, 2017
I feel like Adrian Peterson to the Saints is a waste of Adrian Peterson. Also a waste of Mark Ingram.— Jimmy Siettmann (@J_Siettmann) April 25, 2017
You've seen Adrian Peterson play lately, right? It might be 100-1 odds now. https://t.co/jy9VnXZI59— Darth Brooks (@EBrooksUncut) April 25, 2017
That picture is so fake. He's holding on to the football. https://t.co/vXiVMNudFj— Ted Glover (@purplebuckeye) April 25, 2017