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Adrian Peterson free agency: Raiders emerge among 3 best fits for RB

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Adrian Peterson a while back provided not-so-subtle hints that if he couldn’t finish his career with the Vikings, he wouldn’t mind doing so with the Giants.

Now that Peterson will actually get to pick his second NFL team as an unrestricted free agent, don’t expect him to end up there.

The matchups include a rematch of January is NFC Championship, a perfect-world, Derek-Carr-stays-healthy clash between the Raiders and Patriots, and somehow, more Philip Rivers. As the quest to crown the league is most exciting offense continues, players like Odell Beckham Jr., David Johnson, Cam Newton, Jameis Winston, and Tyreek Hill have no recourse but to wait and hope the difference between a good and elite playmaking squad can be found in the 2017 NFL draft.

Blitz is simplistic technology means the power to make Alex Smith ignore a wide open Tyreek Hill is now in your hands. The Chiefs have some solid pieces in place, but they are never going to win an offense-only shootout by pitting Smith up against Drew Brees.

Chargers-Giants is the toughest matchup of the Blitz Bracket is second round. Los Angeles at full strength gets solid advantages at tailback and tight end, but New York is dynamic receiving corps nets a big win at WR1 and a more even matchup at WR2. (Allen vs. Marshall is a debate that could arc in several different directions given the questions surrounding each talented wideout.) In the end, a coin flip gives this one to LA.

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Vikings reportedly give Adrian Peterson $20 million guaranteed in restructured contract

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The Minnesota Vikings and Adrian Peterson have agreed to a restructured contract, according to a news release from the team. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed by the team, but it covers the last three years of the seven-year, $96 million contract Peterson signed in 2011.

Sources told Pro Football Talk that Peterson will earn $20 million guaranteed, part of which is guaranteed only for injury. PFT suggests that Peterson’s $13 million due this season will be fully guaranteed, with the remaining $7 million due to Peterson at the commencement of the 2016 waiver period or league year, giving the Vikings the option of moving on from the running back before the start of free agency if need be.

Peterson’s last deal, which made him the highest paid running back in the NFL, came with $36 million guaranteed. The restructure is believed to add more guaranteed money while bringing down his annual base salaries and cap hit.

“I appreciate the Vikings for working together on this restructured contract, which provides additional security for me but also allows opportunities for me to further prove my value to the team and within the NFL,” Peterson said in a statement. “It was important for me to continue my career in Minnesota, and I cannot wait to get on the field in front of Vikings fans again.”

Peterson was due base salaries of $12.75 million this season, $14.75 million in 2016 and $16.75 million in 2017, the final year of his deal. His cap hit this season was sitting at a hefty $15.4 million. The cap charge for the final two years of the deal was $15 million and $17 million.

The Vikings described the restructuring as positive for both sides.

“This agreement is a win for both Adrian and the Vikings and is a positive step toward Adrian finishing his career as a Minnesota Viking,” Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said. “As we have consistently said, Adrian is a valuable part of the Vikings organization and we look forward to his return to the field.”