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Vikings, Peterson Agree to Extension; Steelers Re-Sign Polamalu

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Sept. 10 (Bloomberg) -- All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings agreed to a contract extension that may be worth $100 million, one day before the team’s National Football League season-opening game.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Troy Polamalu also agreed on a new contract today that may keep the All-Pro safety with the franchise for the rest of his career.

Peterson, 26, was the Vikings’ first-round draft pick in 2007 and has rushed for more than 1,200 yards in each of his first four seasons while making the Pro Bowl each year. As a rookie, Peterson set the NFL single-game record of 296 yards rushing against San Diego, the team the Vikings visit tomorrow to open their regular-season schedule.

“Adrian’s performances on the field have given fans so much excitement since he first joined us as a rookie,” Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said in a statement. “His talent and determination are remarkable and we are proud to have him be a part of the family for years to come.”

Peterson’s new deal is worth up to $100 million over seven years and includes $36 million guaranteed, ESPN reported, citing an unidentified NFL official. The Vikings didn’t disclose terms of the extension.

Peterson has 5,782 yards rushing and 52 touchdowns in his four seasons in Minnesota. He led the NFL with 1,760 rushing yards during his second season in 2008 and two years ago topped the league with 18 touchdowns rushing.

The Steelers signed Polamalu, the NFL’s 2010 Defensive Player of the Year, to a contract extension at the Pittsburgh International Airport before flying to Baltimore for tomorrow’s season-opener against the rival Ravens. The team didn’t disclose terms of the deal. ESPN said it’s a four-year extension through the 2014 season.

Polamalu, 30, said on his Twitter feed that he’s “happy to say I will retire a Pittsburgh Steeler!”

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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