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In line for payday, Vikes' Peterson happy for Titans' Johnson

Adrian Peterson is thrilled for fellow running back Chris Johnson and the new contract he signed with the Tennessee Titans.

"I was happy for him. I like watching him play. He's a great athlete," Peterson told The Star Tribune after the Vikings' 28-0 preseason victory over the Houston Texans on Thursday.

Wyche: Peterson in perfect position

Adrian Peterson, who has leverage in entering the final year of his deal, will reap the rewards from the contract signed by Chris Johnson, Steve Wyche writes.

The Minnesota Vikings star, however, said he doesn't believe Johnson's deal will have a bearing on how much he's paid in his next contract -- or when that deal might be done. Peterson has started the final year of his rookie contract with the Vikings after choosing not to hold out during training camp.

"No, no, I don't think it helps me at all," Peterson told The Star Tribune. "Chris Johnson, he's with the Titans, and we're two different players in two different situations. So, I don't think it has anything to do with a deal getting done for me."

Johnson ended his holdout with the Titans on Thursday and agreed to an extension worth as much as $53.5 million over four years, including $30 million guaranteed. Peterson and Johnson have engaged in friendly trash talk in recent years about who is the better runner, but Peterson said Thursday he and Johnson are "two different players in two different situations."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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