Adrian Peterson doesn’t have an NFL home at the moment, but if you listen to some of his recent comments, he’s packed and ready to move in. Now, it’s up to a team to take a chance on the future Hall of Famer, especially on a high-incentive contract that won’t involve much risk.
At 33, Peterson believes in his mind he can be more than serviceable to an NFL team. This comes after a brief stay in New Orleans and a slightly longer run with the Arizona Cardinals – which produced two games over 100 rushing yards – before a neck injury cut short his 2017 season.
With NFL running backs at a premium and injuries always around the corner, it would not be strange for a team to give Peterson a shot. Here are four teams that seem like decent landing spots:
Peterson hails not too far from Houston, so familiarity would provide comfort. Lamar Miller is the Texans’ starter for now, but he followed a 1,073-yard 2016 season with just 888 yards for a career-low 3.7 average yards per carry. One wonders if the Texans are no longer completely sold on Miller’s value? D’Onta Foreman, meanwhile, was a solid backup as a rookie in 2017 before suffering a season-ending Achilles’ injury. Peterson would seem to provide a low-risk insurance policy for the Texans.
It was reported that Peterson showed interest in playing for the Raiders, and they did not take a running back in the draft. Unpredictable veteran Marshawn Lynch and the inconsistent Doug Martin highlight Oakland’s backfield, so adding Peterson would add to the collection of players past their prime. But the Raiders have taken a chance on players in the twilight of their careers (Jerry Rice) or even those coming out of retirement (Lynch). And with Jon Gruden back as coach, anything is possible.
Second-year product Marlon Mack appears primed to take over the lead role for the Colts after rushing 93 times last season. But, for the moment, the rest of the running back depth chart is nothing special with Christine Michael, Robert Turbin, Josh Ferguson and 2018 draft picks Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins. With that roster, the Colts could be in the market for a veteran to serve as a backup and mentor.
New Orleans Saints
This one is more for fun than anything, but has validity to it. If the Saints change their minds and decide they could use more backfield depth with Mark Ingram looking at a four-game suspension to open the season, Peterson might be an intriguing option. However, when Ingram returns Peterson could be let go. Whether Peterson would even consider that scenario doesn’t seem likely, but it is fun to consider. Peterson was never really a good fit in New Orleans, rushing for 81 yards in four games before he was traded to the Cardinals.
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