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Updated: July 16th, 2010 10:31am
Adrian Peterson tries to dismiss rumors about contract discontent

Adrian Peterson tries to dismiss rumors about contract discontent

by Tom Pelissero
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The question was phrased in about the worst way possible, but at least it was asked.

Stopped on the red carpet at Wednesday's ESPY Awards in Los Angeles, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson faced the following query from an NFL Network reporter:

There are rumors out there you're not too happy with your contract. Do you want to put those rumors to rest right now?

"Ah ..." Peterson said, "you can put 'em to rest."

He then nodded, chuckled awkwardly and wasn't asked a follow-up question.

The lack of elaboration was less than convincing. But don't take my word for it -- here's the full video.

Rumors have circulated about Peterson's possible contract discontent since he skipped last month's mandatory minicamp to attend an event in his honor in Texas. An report last week speculated Peterson will be "the next player to complain about his contract."

Peterson has three years remaining on his original six-year contract, but the final year is voidable, meaning the deal will run out after the 2011 season. He's due base salaries of $3.64 million this season and $10.72 million in 2011, with more money available through escalators and incentives.

Peterson spoke on a few other issues, including:

• On Brett Favre returning for a 20th NFL season: "I'm hoping he comes back. ... He hasn't told me yet. I understand how it is during the offseason. I'm sure he has a lot of people coming at him, so I just like to let him relax and enjoy his time with his family."

• On the season opener against the New Orleans Saints: "I'm definitely looking forward to that game. I actually seen (Saints quarterback) Drew Brees at the W Hotel and I ran into him. I was like, 'Get ready for this defeat ... we're about to hand you guys.' But it won't be as sweet as the NFC championship game. But it'll feel good."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson