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Sun., Sept. 11, 2011

Agreed The Minnesota Vikings and elite running back Adrian Peterson agreed Saturday to a contract extension that includes $36 million in guaranteed money and as much as $100 million over the next seven years if he plays that long with Minnesota. Peterson has begun the final year of his rookie deal on a $10.72 million salary. He’s already second in Vikings history behind Robert Smith with 5,782 yards rushing for his career, and his 54 touchdowns over the last four years are the most in the league over that period of time.

• The Carolina Panthers and strong safety Charles Godfrey agreed to a five-year contact extension. Doug Hendrickson, Godfrey’s agent, said the deal is worth $27.5 million overall, $12.4 million guaranteed. His contract was set to expire after this season.

Signed NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2010) Troy Polamalu signed a contract extension through 2014 at Pittsburgh International Airport just before the team boarded a plane to Baltimore. Terms were not immediately disclosed. Polamalu was scheduled to make $6.4 million this season. Polamalu was ready to start the final year of a five-year deal he signed in 2007. The Steelers typically do not negotiate contracts once the season begins. They got it in just under the wire, saving both sides from a potential distraction over the next five months.

Hospitalized Minnesota’s team doctor says head coach Jerry Kill is in stable condition at a Minneapolis hospital after suffering a seizure late in the NCAA game against New Mexico State. Kill was taken from TCF Bank Stadium by ambulance after collapsing on the sidelines with seconds to go in the game. Team doctor Pat Smith says Kill “was at no time under any risk in any way.” Smith says the 90-degree temperature coupled with dehydration might have played a role in the seizure.

Retiring Two-time Stanley Cup winner Cory Stillman announced his retirement to become a player development assistant with the Florida Panthers. Stillman spent 16 seasons as a left wing in the NHL, scoring 278 goals and collecting 449 assists while playing with Calgary, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Ottawa and Florida.


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