Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Colts quarterback Peyton Manning finished tied for second in voting for the Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year award. Both received nine votes and finished behind Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who received 22 votes to earn the honor. Brees threw for 5,084 yards this season, 16 fewer than Dan Marino’s 1984 mark and only the second time someone has eclipsed 5,000 yards passing in a season.
Just as with the NFL MVP award that also is presented by the Associated Press, votes were cast by a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league. Manning was named the NFL’s MVP last week. Peterson, the league’s leading rusher this season, tied for fourth in the MVP voting.
Note: The Vikings signed cornerback Marcus Walker (Oklahoma) and safety Roderick Rogers (Wisconsin) to reserve/futures contracts today. Both finished the season on the Vikings practice squad. The Vikings also signed practice squad players Albert Young (running back), Jaymar Johnson (wide receiver) and Brian Daniels (guard) to reserve/futures contracts on Monday. The only practice squad players who have not signed deals since the season ended are defensive end Martail Burnett, offensive tackle Chris Clark and cornerback Derrick Roberson.