Peterson had begun the final year of his rookie contract and was in position for a big pay day.
After setting the NFL’s single-game rushing record with 296 yards against San Diego in 2007, Peterson has been picked for the Pro Bowl in each of his four seasons. He’s already second in Vikings history behind Robert Smith in yards rushing for his career.
The Vikings open the season against the Chargers today in their first meeting since Peterson’s 296-yard game.
STEELERS: Safety Troy Polamalu agreed to a contract extension with Pittsburgh through 2014.
Terms were not immediately disclosed. Polamalu was scheduled to make $6.4 million this season.
Polamalu took to his Twitter account to announce the day, tweeting “I am happy to say that I will retire a Pittsburgh Steeler!”
The NFL Defensive Player of the Year finished with seven interceptions, 64 combined tackles and a sack.
SEAHAWKS: Signed former New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove, adding depth to a depleted defensive line.
Hargrove spent training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles before being released during final cuts.
He had one sack and 29 tackles in 14 games last season.
PANTHERS: Strong safety Charles Godfrey agreed to a five-year contact extension.
Doug Hendrickson, Godfrey’s agent, says the deal is worth $27.5 million overall, $12.4 million guaranteed. A third-round draft pick in 2008, Godfrey has started 43 games over the past three seasons with the Panthers and has 157 tackles during that span.
GIANTS: Placed middle linebacker Jonathan Goff on injured reserve and signed rookie defensive end Justin Trattou from their practice squad.
Goff tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in practice on Monday.
JETS: Signed cornerback Isaiah Trufant from the practice squad and waived wide receiver Mardy Gilyard.