It seems that the offseason tour of Adrian Peterson has come to a close. The New Orleans Saints and Peterson have reportedly agreed on a contract that will pay him $3.25 million next season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were rumored to be one of the teams that were interested, and Jameis Winston was actually seen working out with Peterson.
What an awesome experience to be able to work out with one of the greatest trainers to ever do it @attackathletics ! I really enjoyed being in the backfield and marveling at @jaboowins3 and the confidence & leadership he displayed around so many veteran guys. Really impressive! #Puttinginwork #greatness #legendary #relentless #godspeed @oathletik @georgewhitfieldjr
After playing only three games last season due to a knee injury, Adrian Peterson was due to make 18 million dollars this season from the Minnesota Vikings before they released him in February. Since then, Peterson has done a mini-tour around the league visiting teams that are looking for running back help. He originally visited New Orleans earlier this month and left without a contract. He then visited Seattle, who ended up signing Eddie Lacy. Peterson also visited and worked out for New England, but the Patriots instead signed Bills running back Mike Gillislee.
Adrian Peterson joins a crowded backfield in New Orleans with Mark Ingram, Travaris Cadet, and Marcus Murphy. It’s unclear how Saints’ head coach Sean Payton will ration out the carries going forward. Ingram has averaged just under 200 carries over the last three seasons.
Meanwhile, Peterson has played only one full season over that same time span. In 2014, Peterson played in one game and then was indicted on child abuse charges. He was placed on the on the NFL’s Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, and was ultimately suspended for the remainder of the season. Peterson rebounded in 2015, leading the NFL in rushing with 1,485 yards. Adrian was just the third player in history over the age of 30 to lead the NFL in single-season rushing yards. He suffered another setback last season, tearing his right knee meniscus in week two. Peterson played in only three games in 2016 and rushed for 72 yards on the season.
We could be in for another bounce back year from Adrian Peterson. pic.twitter.com/7GyROKJxlt
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) April 25, 2017
In what could be an interesting week one contest, the Vikings host Adrian Peterson and his new team on the first Monday Night Football game of the 2017 season.