Good things happen when Adrian Peterson gets near the San Diego Chargers. Four years after setting the NFL single-game rushing record of 296 yards against the Chargers, Peterson heads into today's season opener at San Diego fresh off a six-year contract extension through 2017 that makes him by far the league's highest-paid running back.
Peterson agreed to a seven-year, $96 million deal that could increase to $100 million if he makes it to the end of the contract in 2017 and meets the escalator criteria. The deal has $36 million in guarantees, including $4 million that would be paid only if Peterson is released because of an injury.
Peterson trumped the deal signed a week ago by Titans running back Chris Johnson. At four years, $53.5 million with $30 million guaranteed, Johnson was the league's highest-paid running back for only nine days.
Peterson has an NFL-high 5,782 yards and 54 touchdowns since 2007,
Brett Greenwood, who was cut by the Steelers last week, was in stable condition Saturday afternoon at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, after collapsing while working out Friday in Bettendorf, Iowa. Greenwood was a four-year starter for Iowa before signing with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent.
The University of Miami hasn't had much to cheer about lately, but there is one good thing still going for the Hurricanes program. Going into Week 1, at least one former Hurricanes player has scored a touchdown for 139 consecutive NFL regular-season weekends, dating almost nine years to Week 15 of the 2002 season. The streak, which was discovered by ProCanes.com, includes 613 touchdowns scored by 33 alums. Clinton Portis is No. 1 with 70 of the touchdowns.
The end of Peyton Manning's consecutive games streak means Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber now has the longest active streak. When the Buccaneers open against Detroit, Barber will make his 184th consecutive start. His streak began Nov. 21, 1999.
When Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel declared himself fit to play vs. Buffalo, it ruined a feel-good story around Western Pennsylvania. Had he not been able to go, former Pitt and West Allegheny quarterback Tyler Palko would have made his first NFL start. Palko earned the No. 2 job in Kansas City this summer.
After initially agreeing to a five-game, career-opening suspension, the Associated Press is reporting that Terrelle Pryor plans to appeal. ... The expected prolonged absence of Peyton Manning caused the odds of the Colts winning the Super Bowl to jump to as high as 35-1 from 14-1 in Las Vegas.