Pending free agent running back Adrian Peterson would “consider” taking a below-market deal in order to sign with the Patriots, a source tells Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. Peterson will hit the open market on Thursday after the Vikings declined his 2017 option.
The Patriots typically don’t pay running backs more than $2MM, as Guregian notes, but New England could be willing to up that figure in order to land a back of Peterson’s caliber. Given that they expect to lose LeGarrette Blount to free agency, the Patriots may be on the lookout for a bigger back, a role that Peterson could fill aptly. New England’s running back depth chart also includes Dion Lewis, James White, and D.J. Foster.
Since the Vikings’ announcement that they wouldn’t exercise Peterson’s option, most of the reports surrounding the future Hall of Famer have involved clubs’ lack of interest. The Buccaneers and Giants were though to be potential suitors, but neither is now expected to aggressively pursue Peterson. The Raiders, though, still stand as one logical destination for the 31-year-old running back.
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