Latest On Adrian Peterson’s Market

A number of teams will have interest in free agent running back Adrian Peterson, but at least two teams are considered “desirable landing spots” for the veterans. According to Stacey Dales of the NFL Network (via Twitter), the Seahawks and Raiders are teams that Peterson has on his radar. The seven-time Pro Bowler could seek $4MM to $6MM per year on his next deal, tweets Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson, who adds that the Patriots – with whom Peterson could take a discount – are also in the mix. Peterson has spent his entire career with the Vikings to this point, but they’re prioritizing their offensive line and might not make him an offer until next week, relays Ben Goessling of ESPN.com (Twitter link).

Adrian Peterson (vertical)The 31-year-old Peterson only appeared in three games this past season as he recovered from a torn meniscus in his right knee. Still, the veteran’s previous performance is a big reason why PFR’s Zach Links pegged Peterson as the projected highest-earning running back this offseason (he was also listed as the second-best available running back behind Eddie Lacy).

There shouldn’t be any worry that Peterson can bounce back from his injury. After playing in only one game in 2014, the running back finished the 2015 campaign with 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns on 327 carries (4.5 yards per carry). The veteran also finished that campaign with 30 receptions.

Neither the Seahawks nor Raiders would deny a player of Peterson’s talent, but they currently have solid depth at the position. Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise are set to compete for the starting gig in Seattle, while Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington are among the intriguing options is Oakland. The Raiders could also look to re-sign Latavius Murray.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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7 comments on “Latest On Adrian Peterson’s Market

  1. crazysull

    Let the Seahawks have him. The Raiders need to realize that spending money on an older player that can’t stay healthy and is known to fumble isn’t a smart idea. They need to look at what AP is capable of now and give him the money that that type of performance deserves not pay him more because of his name or what he use to be able to do

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    • realfootballfan

      I think $6 mil a year is hardly breaking the bank for the Raiders who have tons of cap space. The only question is if he still has it, which I think the answer is yes (Viking line was terrible last year). A great RB like him to go with that offensive line, which is right up there with Pitt for the second best in the league behind Dalas would be just what the doctor ordered as long as they can fix that defense. Musgrave and his stupid shotgun runs are out of the building now.

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  2. CursedRangers

    It is entertaining to watch Peterson try to dictate where he is going to land. As great as he is, he is past his prime and coming off injury. He will be in demand, but it’s not like he is going to be able to get a job with all 32 teams (which it seems like he thinks he can).

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  3. nickmontgomery10

    He will end up in New England guarantee it, The patriots know they are going to lose Blount and they know Peterson will sign for a lower contract with the pats and Peterson would fit perfectly into there scheme.

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    • crazysull

      Yea but he is old and isn’t his old self and him saying he will take a pay cut to play for us is his way of saying instead of playing for $100 million I will play for $50 million which is still a lot and the Pats need to focus their efforts on Hightower and then they can draft a RB like Macafree and they still got Lewis and White on the roster so it isn’t like they don’t have anyone if Blount leaves

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      • myaccount

        It’s not at all like saying that because not a single team would offer him that. It’s more like taking $2-3M per year instead of $4-5M.

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  4. browns

    Why not pull a reverse Favre and go to Green Bay? Split time with Ty Montgomery and play the Vikings twice a season

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