Adrian Peterson is set to begin his next chapter in New Orleans.
The seven-time Pro Bowl running back has agreed on a two-year deal to join the Saints pending a physical, the team announced Tuesday.
NFL.com reports Peterson’s deal is worth $7 million, including $3.5 million guaranteed. Peterson, 32, confirmed to ESPN that the signing was finalized Monday.
“I am excited to be joining the New Orleans Saints,” Peterson told ESPN. “I’m really looking forward to this opportunity. Most importantly, I chose this team because it just felt right within my spirit.”
According to ESPN, Peterson’s deal is a one-year deal with a one-year option. He will receive $1 million in guaranteed salary and a $2.5 million signing bonus in 2017. He is owed $3.5 million in 2018, none of which is guaranteed.
The maximum Peterson could receive with incentives is $8.25 million.
“We are excited to welcome Adrian to the New Orleans Saints,” coach Sean Payton said in a statement. “It’s rare and unique to have the opportunity to add a Hall of Fame player to your roster.”
Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen says it will be strange seeing Peterson on the other sideline, but joked he will finally get a chance to tackle the star running back:
Peterson’s 2017 option was not picked up by the Vikings on Feb. 28 after he spent his first 10 seasons in Minnesota, becoming the franchise’s all-time leader in rushing yards (11,747) and touchdowns (97).
He was the 2012 NFL MVP after rushing for 2,097 yards and 12 touchdowns.
“His career has been top-notch and speaks for itself,” Payton said. “We think he will be an excellent fit in our locker room and in our offense. We look forward to the opportunity later this spring to work with him on the field along with the rest of our team.”
In 2016, Peterson was limited to 72 yards on 37 carries in just three games. He missed 13 games after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Peterson also had a mild LCL sprain in his right knee.
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