Adrian Peterson finalizes two-year deal

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In that NFC title game, which the Saints won in overtime, the Vikings outplayed New Orleans in all facets except turnovers. NFL.com reports Peterson's deal is worth $7 million, including $3.5 million guaranteed.

Last year, a knee injury ended Peterson's season after three games, finishing with 37 carries for 72 yards and no touchdown. Peterson said it is a two-year deal, but the second year is a team option.

Since recovering from ACL reconstruction on his left knee to rush for 2,097 yards in 2012 and win the MVP, Peterson has defied the evidence that running backs wear down by age 30.

The Saints open the season with a primetime matchup in Minnesota, where he spent his first 10 years, and where he became a superstar.

That is exactly what New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram heard from his team.

Adrian Peterson gave a statement to ESPN reporter Josina Anderson, saying in part: "I'm really looking forward to this opportunity".

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"On offense, it goes without saying that the Saints are really solid behind (quarterback) Drew Brees". "They have a great offensive line, which is something that stood out to me as well". He received his $1 million salary and $2.5 million signing bonus at the signing. I also did a lot of homework on the defense as well.

USA TODAY Sports was among several outlets who confirmed Monday that Peterson and the Saints were close to signing a deal. General manager Rick Spielman said then that Minnesota would consider re-signing Peterson as a free agent, but coach Mike Zimmer later said salary played a role in the decision not to retain him.

Will Adrian Peterson have a new home before the start of the Thursday evening portion of the 2017 NFL Draft?

Peterson's last full season was in 2015, when he had 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing.

But when healthy and motivated, Peterson has proved to be one of the best running backs in the NFL. He is within 60 yards of passing the great Jim Brown and entering the top-10 of all-time National Football League rushing leaders.

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