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Adrian Peterson | Running Back | #28

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (32) / 3/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 220
College: Oklahoma
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (7) / MIN
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Saints coach Sean Payton promises new RB Adrian Peterson will have a "clear role."
Payton insists Peterson and Mark Ingram will "blend well." That figures to be easier said than done. Payton has always featured multiple backs, but Ingram and Peterson have significant stylistic overlap. Ingram figures to become even more involved as a pass catcher, while Peterson should be counted on to churn yardage in early-down/goal-line situations. It could be hard for either back to carve out clear-cut, weekly RB2 status in standard leagues. Apr 25 - 6:00 PM

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Adrian Peterson's two-year deal with the Saints includes $3.5 million guaranteed.

The guaranteed money consists of a $2.5-million signing bonus and his $1-million base salary in 2017, so the Saints will be able to get out of the contract relatively scot-free after this season if they so choose. That decision will likely come before his $750,000 roster bonus is due on the third league day of 2018.
Apr 25 - 11:47 AM

Saints signed Adrian Peterson to a two-year, $7-million contract.

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the deal is essentially a one-year deal with an option for a second. While Peterson is not expected to be the nominal "starter" in New Orleans, he should see opportunities if he is healthy and effective. Tim Hightower touched the ball 155 times last season, and that was with Mark Ingram playing 16 games for only the second time in his career. Peterson likely will get even more work, making him at worst a top-35 back with the upside for more.
Apr 25 - 8:04 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints are "closing in" on a deal with free agent Adrian Peterson.

Per Rapsheet, the deal would pay Peterson $3 million "plus." It's a very strange fit on paper, but coach Sean Payton has had friction with Mark Ingram. Peterson and Ingram are redundant talents, though Ingram has become much more of a pass catcher in recent years. Peterson is a zero in the passing game, but a better goal-line finisher than Ingram. The situation would make for fantasy headaches, and an always-tedious backfield even harder to figure.
Apr 24 - 3:31 PM

According to Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate, free agent Adrian Peterson's visit with the Saints "went well" and the "door isn't closed" on him signing a contract.

As opposed to the Patriots, who were reportedly doing Peterson's agent a favor by working him out last week, the Saints seem to be legitimately interested in signing the former MVP. Likely, it will come down to money. Underhill believes the Saints are reluctant to offer Peterson more or even match the $3.7 million salary Mark Ingram is due in 2017. If Peterson does land with New Orleans, he would likely be used in a timeshare with more-versatile Ingram.
Apr 14 - 1:50 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports free agent Adrian Peterson isn't expected sign with a team before the draft.

That's "barring a dramatic shift." Already content to wait Peterson out, teams will wait on a potential flier until after the draft, where they might select a young runner. Peterson has visited the Patriots, Seahawks and Saints, but hasn't seemed particularly close to a deal with anybody.
Apr 13 - 2:06 PM

The Patriots worked out Adrian Peterson during his visit on Monday.

There's been talk that the Patriots brought Peterson to Foxboro as a favor to agent Ben Dogra. If that were true, it's unlikely the Patriots would have put Peterson through a workout. He left New England without a contract and will visit the Saints next week. Peterson has drawn very little interest in free agency, likely due to his age, injury history, excessive contract demands and off-field reputation.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 9 - 8:54 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports free agent Adrian Peterson will visit the Saints.

The visit will take place next week. Thus far, Peterson has visited the Seahawks and Patriots. The Seahawks aren't an option with Eddie Lacy in tow, while Peterson's New England visit was reported to be a sham, as in mostly a favor for AD's agent. Peterson would be a redundant talent to Mark Ingram in New Orleans, though Ingram's relationship with coach Sean Payton hasn't always been the best. Nevertheless, it's hard to see Peterson to New Orleans happening.
Apr 6 - 2:59 PM

The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reports Monday's visit with free agent Adrian Peterson "didn't get to the point where (the Patriots) were willing to make an offer."

Howe is in the camp that believes there's no way the Patriots are signing Peterson. Howe suggests Peterson may have been hosted by Bill Belichick only for "scouting purposes," or to check on Peterson's health. Howe wrote he would be "surprised" if owner Bob Kraft OKed the Patriots signing Peterson, who missed all but one game of the 2014 season after committing child abuse.
Apr 3 - 4:57 PM

CSN New England's Tom Curran suggests the Patriots hosted free agent Adrian Peterson only to "do a solid" for his agent, Ben Dogra.

Patriots owner Bob Kraft spoke out against Peterson when he committed child abuse three years ago, and Kraft also said Joe Mixon is off New England's draft board for Mixon's off-field misdoings. Per Curran, the Patriots have always had a "good relationship" with Dogra, whose highest-profile client (Peterson) isn't so much as getting free agent sniffs. Curran is confident Peterson won't be joining the Pats. "I think it’s a mere back-scratching for Dogra that the team hopes Dogra may remember somewhere down the line when doing a deal," Curran wrote. Indeed, Peterson left Monday's visit to Foxboro without a contract.
Apr 3 - 4:27 PM

Free agent Adrian Peterson left the Patriots' facility without signing a deal.

Per ESPN's Field Yates, a deal could be revisited at a later date. The Patriots likely didn't make Peterson a contract offer suiting his demands, and could wait until after the draft before re-exploring the free agent running back market. Peterson remains without any obvious suitors. The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud reiterated Monday that the Bucs have no interest in Peterson.
Apr 3 - 3:54 PM

Sirius XM NFL Radio reports "3-5 teams" are interested in free agent Adrian Peterson.

The Patriots are one of them, as they're hosting Peterson for a visit on Monday. The identities of the other 2-4 clubs are unknown, suggesting this could be agent-driven information. Peterson's market has been incredibly quiet. According to Sirius XM, Peterson has not set a price for him to sign, and he's also not turned down any offers. He's likely looking for $5-8 million.
Apr 3 - 11:24 AM

Free agent Adrian Peterson will visit the Patriots on Monday.

Peterson signing in Foxboro would throw quite a wrench into the Rex Burkhead hype train. In New England, Peterson would likely fill the LeGarrette Blount role as an early-down and clock-killing banger, giving the Pats yet another dimension offensively. Burkhead, Dion Lewis, James White, and D.J. Foster are the running backs presently on New England's offseason roster.
Apr 2 - 5:51 PM

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports free agent Adrian Peterson "is definitely not in the Bucs' plans."

Apparently in solidarity with Peterson's caps-riddled statement last Saturday, Stroud wrote the "not" in all-caps. A picture showing Peterson working out with Jameis Winston started speculation the Bucs could be interested in the future Hall of Famer, and coach Dirk Koetter added fuel to the fire by calling Peterson "one of the best running backs to ever play" when asked about the photo. Tampa Bay also needs a running back with Doug Martin set to miss the first three games due to suspension, but they will likely turn to a cheaper, younger option in the draft. Peterson has yet to draw any concrete interest.
Apr 1 - 11:16 AM

Adrian Peterson was pictured working out with Jameis Winston.

It is somewhat notable because the Bucs may be in the market for a running back, and coach Dirk Koetter added fuel to the fire when asked about the picture. "I've seen Adrian Peterson many times playing and that guy is one of the best running backs to ever play," Koetter said. "I'm anxious to talk to Jameis and ask him how his workouts went." With Doug Martin suspended the first three games and not a lock to stick on the roster, Peterson could be an option for Tampa Bay.
Mar 30 - 9:49 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Drew Brees
2Chase Daniel
3Garrett Grayson
RB1Mark Ingram
2Adrian Peterson
3Travaris Cadet
4Daniel Lasco
5Marcus Murphy
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Adrian Peterson
3RB1Travaris Cadet
2Mark Ingram
FB1John Kuhn
WR11Michael Thomas
2Ted Ginn
3Corey Fuller
4Jordan Williams
WR21Willie Snead
2Brandon Coleman
3Tommylee Lewis
4Jake Lampman
5Rashad Lawrence
WR31Ted Ginn
TE1Coby Fleener
2Josh Hill
3Michael Hoomanawanui
4John Phillips
5Jake Stoneburner
LT1Terron Armstead
2Ryan Ramczyk
LG1Andrus Peat
2Landon Turner
C1Max Unger
2Jack Allen
RG1Larry Warford
2Senio Kelemete
RT1Zach Strief
2John Fullington
K1Wil Lutz