It was reported earlier today that Adrian Peterson would consider taking a team friendly deal and possibly sign with the New England Patriots. And now, according to NFL.com, that is becoming more and more of a possibility.
Peterson has pocketed close to $100 million over the past decade with the Minnesota Vikings. If he has reached a point in his career where chasing a championship is now a driving force, he could follow the well-worn path to New England, traveled in recent seasons by mercenary veterans such as Darrelle Revis and Chris Long.
The Around The NFL Podcast has highlighted several reasons to believe there might be a fit between Peterson and the Patriots.
Bill Belichick likes to be an outlier, zigging when the rest of the league zags. If one-dimensional power backs are devalued by the other 31 teams, perhaps Belichick will try to swoop in and steal the best one on the cheap as he did with an aging Corey Dillon in 2004.
For everyone saying ‘no way’ or ‘heck no’, you are simply lying to yourself. Belichick has taken in many players that had issues off the field and handled them masterfully. Corey Dillon, Rodney Harrison, Randy Moss. All players that had off the field issues that Belichick tamed. Here’s the thing about AP, he’s aging, yes, but he has plenty left in the tank. He doesn’t need to carry the ball 30 times a game for this team, and he won’t. He will be your power back in the red zone, and called upon on first down. Then he goes and rides pine.
If Belichick can get Peterson to take something in the $2-4m range, you pull the trigger, no matter what. He’s 31, Moss was 30 when he came to NE, most thought he had nothing left. And the same people that said no way, will all turn in to ‘I love this deal’ people. Then we can just all laugh on the way to the parade. Maybe they can pay him in Orange peanuts?