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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

Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate expects Mark Ingram to remain the Saints' starter even if Adrian Peterson is signed.

At worst, both backs will have a role as Underhill notes the Saints rushed 404 times last season, and face an easier schedule this year, meaning they should have more rushing attempts in positive game script. Ingram's versatility will keep him heavily involved; Peterson never developed passing-game value as a receiver or pass blocker. Free agent loss Tim Hightower left behind 155 unaccounted-for touches, so the Saints were always going to add another back.
Apr 24 - 4:09 PM

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

Unsigned Saints exclusive rights free agent Willie Snead is participating in OTAs.

The Saints are under no obligation to up Snead's $615,000 tender, but his camp has been hoping for a good-faith gesture after he vastly out-performed his contract the past two seasons. Snead has taken on even more importance following Brandin Cooks' trade to New England. It could behoove the Saints to show Snead a little love, or lock him up with an extension.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 17 - 3:20 PM

Saints DE Hau'oli Kikaha (knee) is participating in OTAs.

Recovering from the third tear of his left ACL, Kikaha missed all of 2016. Kikaha had an effective rookie year in 2015, but the Saints will have to consider any 2017 contributions a bonus.
Apr 17 - 3:16 PM

Saints TE Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle) is "good to go" for the start of the offseason program.

He missed the entire 2016 season with a high-ankle injury. Hoomanawanui is a key piece of the offense as the Saints' preferred in-line blocking tight end.
Apr 17 - 9:38 AM

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

Walk-year S Kenny Vaccaro said he would like "to get a deal done" with the Saints.

"I think they’re going to wait until after all the offseason stuff," Vaccaro said of a timeline for discussions. "Once (OTAs) get going I’ll be here." The New Orleans Advocate reported the Saints will likely wait until the summer to seriously open contract talks. Vaccaro was suspended for the final four games of 2016 and has not quite been the impact player his draft pedigree would suggest, but he is an above-average safety who the Saints should work diligently to extend.
Apr 10 - 6:56 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


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