Unless this was orchestrated a long time ago, like around the time he randomly made that appearance at OTAs and was all fine and good with the team and his place on the team... like only three days after he had taken to Twitter and used his pilgrimage to a more secure deal to act like he cared about the NFLPA.
Because I can't figure out:
WHY he would all of a sudden show up for those after digging his feet in for so many months (he never goes to OTAs / or anything voluntary really, that's how it's always been - so why now?)
WHY the Vikings would all of a sudden do this now after he had returned?
The only feasible scenario is that they had agreed to the committment/guarantees that we're hearing about today around the time he appeared at OTAs, but both sides agreed to keep it under wraps and leak it later when the pitchforks wouldn't all be out - (with how fast news moves now, if you stagger the details of a story and report it over time then the people who carry pitchforks on social media care a great deal less, we see this all the time).
Charles Robinson @CharlesRobinson 8m
So, #Vikings made a sizable two year commitment in guarantees to Adrian Peterson. 2017, when Peterson is 33, not locked. Win-win for both. Minnesota added two years of guaranteed money to what was a totally team-slanted contract of a 30-year old running back. Pretty amazing.
Ian Rappaport @RapSheet 7m
Adrian Peterson was due base salaries of $12.75M, $14.75M, & $16.75M. This restructure is expected to bring those down, add more guarantees.