The Vikings announced that they agreed to a restructured contract with running back Adrian Peterson. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the new deal is expected to give Peterson guaranteed money beyond 2015.
“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 a statement released by the team. “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.”
Peterson, who was in the fourth year of the lucrative extension he signed in 2011, remains under contract through the 2017 season, the team said.
The agreement likely lowers Peterson’s base salary, which was the highest among NFL running backs, while giving him the security of guaranteed money. There were no guarantees beyond 2015 in his previous deal.
This agreement is further proof the Vikings and Peterson have patched up their marriage after several rocky months following his NFL suspension.
“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,” 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.”