The veteran running back took a two-year, $7-million contract, but he can earn up to $12.5 million over the next two seasons if he hits certain benchmarks and remains on the team, reports Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate.
All targets apply to both the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Here’s the regular-season breakdown:
|750 rushing yards||$150K|
|1000 rushing yards||$250K|
|1250 rushing yards||$750K|
|1500 rushing yards||$1M|
* will only be paid if Peterson also leads the league in rushing
If Peterson only manages 750 rushing yards but the Saints make the playoffs, he has more postseason-based incentives to earn, too.
When Peterson played in 14 or more games for the Minnesota Vikings (seven out of 10 seasons), he never failed to hit 1,250 rushing yards or 10 touchdowns. His numbers in those seven years earned him either first-team or second-team All-Pro honors, so he’ll need to play around that level to maximize his contract with New Orleans.
In 2015, Peterson’s last healthy season, he led the league in rushing with 1,485 yards and found the end zone 11 times, meaning he’d have earned $1.5 million in incentives if he was under this contract.
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