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Adrian Goes From Bargain Basement To The Top Shelf’s Finest reports that Adrian Peterson’s successes on the field are going to start costing the Vikings barring a re-structured deal. Up to this point, Peterson has only resulted in a cap hit of $4.4 million for each of his two seasons on the roster. However, his success in his first two years means that he has hit some performance based escalators that will begin to take their toll. According the report, Peterson has activated another $2.5 million in his 2010 base salary, bringing his cap hit up to $5.7 million. In 2011, the cap hit is expected to be a whopping $12.8 million on the year.

While the cap hit makes some people cringe, is there really a player more worthy of it in the league than Adrian Peterson. Thus far in his career, Peterson has been a demon on the field and a saint off the field. Nobody would criticize the Vikings when (not if) they make Peterson the highest paid running back in league history by extending and restructuring his contract before the 2011 cap hit goes into effect, and possibly sooner.

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