Adrian Peterson‘s short free agency list included the Seahawks. The feeling is not expected to be mutual, with Tom Pelissero of USA Today reporting (via Twitter) the Seahawks are not presently interested in the future Hall of Fame running back.
The lack of enthusiasm for adding the soon-to-be 32-year-old ball-carrier might stem from Peterson’s reported price tag, which Yahoo.com’s Charles Robinson pegged at between $4-$6MM annually. With Marshawn Lynch having retired, the Seahawks only have rookie-deal salaries among their backs. No Seattle running back makes more than $800K per year, and the team holds $25MM-plus in cap space.
Pelissero offers the team could potentially revisit this later in free agency, and Peterson isn’t expected to sign with a team right away. But his short list included the Seahawks, Raiders and Patriots. Of those three teams, Seattle currently has the least effective offensive line. The Thomas Rawls– and C.J. Prosise-fronted running game ranked 25th in football last season. The Vikings’ ranked 32nd. Peterson wasn’t a part of that attack for long, having torn his meniscus in Week 2, but he averaged 1.9 yards per carry in 2016 — by far a career low for the three-time rushing champion.
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