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Peterson’s job search continues with visit to New Orleans

Dec 18, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) carries the ball during the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

While the Adrian Peterson camp has attempted to make the public believe that the veteran running back remains in a good spot to get a job, the reality is it appears his options are very limited.

The former Viking has visited with the Seattle Seahawks and worked out for the New England Patriots but neither of those teams signed him. Peterson likely is hoping the third time is a charm.

According to ESPN, he was scheduled to travel to New Orleans on Monday and have dinner with Saints officials before visiting with the team on Tuesday.

Peterson turned 32 last month and became a free agent when the Vikings informed him they would not pick up the $18 million option they held on him for 2017. The 2012 NFL MVP, Peterson played in only three games last season because of a torn meniscus he sustained on Sept. 18 and then an adductor strain he suffered in his first game back on Dec. 18.

The Saints already have a top running back in Mark Ingram, who has two years left on his contract, but New Orleans is looking to add depth.

Peterson likely still sees himself as a No. 1 running back, but the reality is he’s going to either share time or play a backup role wherever he ends up. At least that will be the case to start the 2017 season. Peterson is 16th in NFL history with 11,747 rushing yards.

  • Gordon Guffey

    I wish him nothing but the best unless he is laying against the Vikings ~ With that being said for the 20th time I so hope this is all over soon and this year is the last year of dealing with him ~ Either he signs somewhere and he is willing do whats best for his new team ~ My hope is he just retires ~ It’s not like he needs the money ~ Nor is he even close to the player he was just 5 years ago ~

  • Andre Esters

    I’m honestly surprised AP hasn’t been scooped up yet… his age and injury history is definitely a concern for any future investors, but the truth is football heads across the league would love to have a “Adrian Peterson” workhorse in the stable.
    Still being a free agent after multiple visits, I’m beginning to believe his asking price/contract/terms really is the downfall to joining a new team. Then again, maybe he’s going to these teams with an open mind and feels “hurt” when they talk down to him and treat him like an elderly cripple. Whatever the case is, I’m just waiting for AP to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    • Gordon Guffey

      He may be making his rounds with teams that have ask him in for a visit to keep his name in the news so others don’t forget about him until the first team loses its starting RB to injury or worse a run in with the law ~ Maybe he wants to wait like Boldin did last year and again this year ~ They both hate training camp ~

      • Andre Esters

        Unfortunately, I believe it doesn’t matter one bit if Peterson does good or bad where ever he ends up, humans can’t help but play the comparison game…
        Reporters and joirnalist alike love those kind of stories; who won, who lost.





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