On February 28th, 2017 the Minnesota Vikings chose not to exercise the 2017 option on Adrian Peterson’s Contract. Peterson, a First-Ballot Hall of Fame running back, would be owed $18 million. After the season ending injuries of Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson, the Vikings limped to an 8-8 season on an aggressive defense.
With Free Agency beginning on March 7th, Adrian Peterson is a major target, but he comes with many questions. Pro running backs usually wear out around the age of 30. At 31 (32 this month), Adrian Peterson suffered a torn MCL and mild LCL sprain in 2016 and ended the year with only 75 Yards. Teams in need of a running back will have to reference his 1400 Yard, 11 TD season in 2015.
Adrian Peterson showed his interest as early as February 15th prior to his release on the 28th. In a tweet, regarding the New York Giants cutting WR Victor Cruz and RB Rashad Jennings, Adrian commented, ‘Interesting moves’ from a team ranked 29th in rush offense. Several accounts of Peterson’s interests cite the Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Oakland Raiders. Most recently, a source close to Adrian Peterson stated, he would ‘consider a discount to join the Patriots’.
The Giants been making some interesting moves.
— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) February 16, 2017
I personally wonder where Adrian Peterson would fit best. During his tenure with the Vikings, Peterson has been a true play maker. He showcases a well-rounded running style, like Emmitt Smith or Gale Sayers; greats who can rush and catch passes out of the the backfield and do it well.
The Patriots and Giants are both run-by-committee style offenses, where a rotation of two or three running backs split carries. The Raiders and Texans run a ‘feature back’ situation where Peterson would handle a majority of the carries. The safe bet would find Peterson in a committee, pending injury or low output.
Adrian Peterson dad on Raiders “They haven’t been trying to get O-linemen from the bottom of the barrel & trying to make them into something
— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) March 8, 2017
I predict Adrian Peterson lining up behind Tom Brady on the New England Patriots. New England’s front office is known for signing older skill players like Darrelle Revis and Reggie Wayne. Revis played one year with the Patriots and won a Super Bowl before returning to the Jets. Reggie Wayne, prior to his retirement, signed during the Preseason.
Armchair quarterbacks, like myself, are opinionated whether acquiring players via Draft or Free Agency is a better method for building a team. It remains uncertain and will continue to remain uncertain.