1. Adrian Peterson: Minnesota Vikings: $96 million/7 years
To put Adrian Peterson’s contract in perspective, the Minnesota Viking’s deal is worth more than twice LeSean McCoy’s. Granted, Peterson is signed for seven years, in contrast to McCoy’s five-year deal, but the fact remains, AP is getting paid.
The NFL record holder for most yards in a single game (296), Peterson is slated to earn an incredible base salary of $11.75 million in 2014, as well as a $2.4 million installment of his 2011 signing bonus, and a $250,000 workout bonus.
Peterson has been durable, averaging 14-plus games on average every year since 2008, and is consistently great, averaging 5 yards per carry across his career. Of course, in 2012, he was mind-blowingly good, rushing for 2,097 yards and averaging 6 yards per carry.