It’s that time of year again: The NFL is back in a full-blown playoff hunt and we’re already seeing some of the league’s most coveted free agents making a splash in free agency.
One of the most intriguing free agents, running back Adrian Peterson, has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings.
The team signed him to a three-year contract worth $30 million, a report from ESPN said.
Peterson’s deal includes a $12 million signing bonus.
Peterson is expected to earn $4 million in 2016, $6 million in 2017 and $12.5 million in 2018.
He’s expected to make $8.5 to $9 million per season in 2016 and $9.25 million in 2019.
Peterson has never been a top-tier free agent and it was only a matter of time before he became a bargain.
Peterson, who is set to make more than $70 million in his career, has never played in the Super Bowl and is only 29.
His performance in 2016 has been somewhat disappointing, as the Vikings ran out 23 turnovers.
However, Peterson is a talented runner who can make a lot of plays, and the Vikings have some high-end talent on offense.
With Peterson’s contract, the Vikings will be able to get him in a big deal, with the potential for a big return for Peterson in 2018 or 2019.
If Peterson does sign with the Vikings, he would join a crowded backfield for the Vikings.
Minnesota will be one of the teams to target running backs with the No. 1 pick.
The Vikings will need to address the running back position as well as the defensive backfield, which is where the former Heisman Trophy winner should be selected.
The Browns have a need for a running back, and they will have a strong group of players available to them at No. 6.
If the Vikings decide to target a runningback, they would have a lot to consider.
Peterson will likely take a pay cut to sign with Minnesota, but the former star running back would be a great value for the team.
Peterson could also sign with a team in the NFC East, where the Browns are already battling for the NFC North title.
Peterson was drafted in the first round by the Vikings in 2011 and has led the league in rushing three times.
Peterson finished his collegiate career at Texas Tech, averaging 1.6 yards per carry in 11 games.
Peterson also played in three Pro Bowls during his time at Texas.
He was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 22nd overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.