Saints Rusher Adrian Peterson to Earn Extra $1M if he Runs 1,500 Yards in 2017

By Teddy Cecilio, Posted: 05/19/17 01:08AM EDT
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Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings rushes with the ball against the San Francisco 49ers.(Photo : Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Veteran running back Adrian Peterson signed a two-year deal worth $7 million with the New Orleans Saints. He stands to earn more depending on his performance in the coming season.

A report by Ben Goessling of ESPN.com revealed that Peterson signed an incentive-laden deal with the Saints, including a cool $1 million bonus if he runs for 1,500 yards. Peterson's deal included a $2.5 million signing bonus and a $1 million guaranteed base salary for 2017.

According to the report, the 32-year-old Peterson will pocket an extra $150,000 if he reaches 750 yards, $250,000 at 1,000 yards and $1 million if he reaches 1,500 yards.

In his 10-year career with the Minnesota Vikings, Peterson has reached the 1,500-yard plateau twice in 2008 and 2012, the year when he ran for 2,097 yards, per ESPN stats. Peterson surpassed 750 rushing yards eight times and 1,000 yards seven times. He played just three games last season and one in 2014.

However, Peterson will be hard-pressed to reach the 1,500-yard mark, now that he's only backing up Mark Ingram, who ran for more than 1,000 yards just once in his career.

After he was released by the Vikings, Peterson waited for months before signing with the Saints. He previously worked out with the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots but did not receive any offer.

In an interview with NFL.com, Saints coach Sean Payton said Peterson will be an excellent fit to the Saints' locker room and offense. "We look forward to the opportunity later this spring to work with him on the field along with the rest of our team," Payton said.

A four-time Pro Bowler, Peterson was limited to three games by a knee injury last season, finishing with 37 carries for 72 yards and no touchdown for the Vikings. Peterson is the Vikings' career rushing leader with 11,747 yards and 97 touchdowns before he was released.



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