Adrian Peterson To Visit Seahawks

The Seahawks are doing their due diligence at running back, and it turns out they do want to see what Adrian Peterson potentially has left. The defending NFC West champions will meet with the future Hall of Famer on Sunday, ESPN.com’s Josina Anderson tweets.

This comes after the team lined up visits for both Jamaal Charles, Eddie Lacy and Latavius Murray. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports was the first to report Peterson would trek to Seattle (Twitter link). But the last report coming out of Seattle regarding Peterson was not pointing to an imminent visit. Instead, Peterson will be part of a star-studded UFA tour for a Seahawks team that saw its young running backs fail to stay healthy last season.

Peterson has not seen his market take off despite being one of this generation’s greatest running backs. The soon-to-be 32-year-old back saw the Vikings predictably decline an $18MM price tag to bring him back for an 11th season in Minnesota. Since, he’s been connected to the Patriots, Raiders, Seahawks and Giants this offseason. None previously exibited much interest. Sunday’s trip to the Pacific Northwest could be critical not only for Peterson, but for the running back market.

The running back’s father said earlier this week, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, both the Raiders and Seahawks expressed interest in his son. But no Bay Area visit has been scheduled. Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell‘s presence piqued Peterson’s interest in the Seahawks, per Tomasson. He was the Vikings’ OC during Peterson’s first four seasons. Peterson rushed for more than 1,300 yards in three of those four slates and at least 1,200 in all four. Although, he has nearly 2,500 carries on his resume now and is obviously a different player.

A three-time rushing champion, Peterson saw a torn meniscus essentially end his Vikings tenure after 10 seasons. He averaged just 1.9 yards per carry in 2016 — an off-a-cliff drop from his usual per-tote marks — behind one of the league’s worst offensive lines. Pro Football Focus, though, graded Seattle’s group as being the league’s worst last season. So, it will be interesting to see what comes out of this meeting. With so many visits with backs scheduled, it’s unlikely the Seahawks sign Peterson on sight and don’t meet with the aforementioned ball-carriers.

Christine Michael led the Seahawks in rushing last season, but the team waived him midway through the year. Thomas Rawls finished with the most ground yards (349) of any current Seahawk but averaged just 3.2 per carry and missed seven games due to injury. Passing-down back C.J. Prosise also played in just six games.

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12 comments on “Adrian Peterson To Visit Seahawks

  1. craiglambert50

    Cool id be interested as a Hawks fan but he isn’t my top choice I’d prefer lacy or Charles but Peterson would be okay if the price is right

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    • 24TheKid

      I’d be okay with either of the 3, but I would rather work on the O-Line. Then we can draft defense since it is such a defensive heavy draft this year.

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  2. InvalidUserID

    Low base and incentive laden would be OK, just adjust expectations. He isn’t the old AP, just an old AP.

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  3. RonelleScharber

    Oh I got so excited when I heard jamaal was coming for a visit, then AP but its like InvalidUserID said, they both older now and not what they used to be. I think Eddie Lacey is the best choice. but how i wish Jamaal would come to seattle and go beast like he used to. He’s been a favorite of mine for as long as he’s been in the league…

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    • Madness

      Have you seen Lacy’s production over the past 2 years? No thank you, he is an overweight has been

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  4. Cleveland - City of Losers

    Vet minimum candidate. If he gets more, it’s based on being a big name. Not on having anything left in the tank.

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  5. st1300b

    Adrian Peterson the best offensive line in the NFL for you to run behind is the Pittsburgh Steelers the best team with the best chance at the Super Bowl is the Pittsburgh Steelers the best offense maybe in the NFL is the Pittsburgh Steelers that’s where you need to be make the call

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  6. mcdusty31

    Why does it seem like whenever a player from the Vikings hit free agency they end up either landing in or seriously considering Seattle? These guys love swapping players

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  7. whereslou

    I think they need to leave these high priced FA alone and take Mixon with one of the comp picks they got. If they think he will be gone sooner pick him sooner.

    What he did was wrong he paid the price seems to understand. Then I would make him go on a State wide tour to all the HS and do a talk about what he did and what he should have done. I would also make sure he didn’t say anything stupid like the upstanding crab leg thief in Tampa.

    Mixon could turn out to be another Baldwin a guy with a chip on his shoulder because he is a 1st round talent taken later. Yes I know Baldwin wasn’t an UDFA but the motivation is the same. Seattle took Clark and he has been fine take Mixon and save some money to spend on the OL.

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  8. SideshowBlob

    It doesn’t matter which RB the Seahawks bring in if there’s no blocking happening up front. I guess the thought is that Cable will work his “magic” again and convert some desk worker into a left tackle this year.

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