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Vikings Lock Up Adrian Peterson; Next Order of Business is a New Stadium

Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Sep 10 2011 @ 7:01 pm In Minnesota Vikings | No Comments

The Minnesota Vikings have just made Adrian Peterson the highest paid running back in NFL history.  The two sides came to terms on a 7-year extension that will pay Peterson $36 million in guaranteed money.  If the man known as “All-Day” plays the entire contract out, including bonuses, he will be looking at a cool $100 million.  Without bonuses, he will make a paltry $96 million.  This deal should put a smile on the faces of Viking fans everywhere.  They have the hardest running guy to come out of a backfield since Walter Payton, staying in purple for pretty much his entire career.

Now that Minnesota has done almost everything they needed to do before they play their first game in 2011, there is one issue left to be resolved.  A new stadium.  The Vikings drafted a franchise QB(so they hope), acquired a veteran QB in McNabb, signed LB Chad Greenway to an extesion, and now have locked-up Peterson long term.  The team is certainly making commitments.  It’s time for the Minnesota State Legislature to finish what has seemingly been a 15 year negotiation.  All of the framework is there for a new stadium in Ramsey County, but it has been stalled for several months as the government has had plenty of turbulence, budget issues, and political infighting to deal with.  Minnesota fans are very enthusiastic and loyal, but most are also a little nervous about this issue.  The Vikes open the season against the Chargers on Sunday.  Hopefully, at the end of the season the team will have a playoff berth and a new home both secured

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