Adrian Peterson
RB NO (5)
3 weeks ago

Peterson has drawn heavy praise from his new teammates for his performance through offseason practices thus far, Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson is coming off his second knee surgery in three years, but those prior complications haven't prevented him from being his explosive self during his first few practices as a Saint. The 32-year-old hasn't lost a step, according to his teammates, who've widely agreed that he brings a new dimension to their offense. Set to play on a two-year, $7 million contract, Peterson's role is yet to be defined, but if early indications of the veteran's fitness level prove true, Mark Ingram could face stiff competition for lead-back duties in New Orleans.

Adrian Peterson
RB NO (5)
2 months ago

Peterson (knee) is signing a two-year contract with the Saints, ESPN.com's Adam Schefter reports.

EDGE Analysis

Eventually willing to lower his asking price, Peterson likely was enticed by the idea of playing with Drew Brees, as the 32-year-old running back has spent most of his career stuck alongside mediocre or sub-par quarterbacks. While the New Orleans offense does provide ample scoring opportunity, Peterson will have to compete against Mark Ingram for carries, with Travaris Cadet likely chipping in on passing downs. This isn't an ideal situation for Peterson in terms of expected workload, but he could thrive on a per-carry basis as part of a New Orleans offense led by Brees, Ingram and wideouts Michael Thomas and Willie Snead. The Saints allotted 133 carries and 26 targets to last year's backup running back, Tim Hightower, even though Ingram didn't miss any games. Ingram did sit out at least three games but no more than five in each of the previous three years. Peterson should be at full health before training camp, if he isn't already, coming off a season in which a torn meniscus and an abductor strain limited him to only three appearances.

Adrian Peterson
RB NO (5)
2 months ago

Peterson (knee) is believed to be close to securing a contract with the Saints, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson visited New Orleans earlier this month, and although he obviously left that meeting without a contract, the book was never shut on the possibility on him joining the Saints. Now, it appears that could be Peterson's next move, as a contract worth over $3 million is reportedly in the works. Should Peterson indeed sign with the team, he'd figure to replace the departed Tim Hightower in splitting snaps with Mark Ingram, with Travaris Cadet serving as the preferred pass-catching tailback. Additionally, his first game as a Saint would not-so-coincidentally come on the road against his former team, the Vikings, in Week 1.

Adrian Peterson
RB NO (5)
2 months ago

Peterson (knee) left his visit to the Saints without a contract, but the two sides do plan to keep talking, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

Unlike his visit with the Patriots, Peterson's trip to New Orleans didn't include an on-field workout, according to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe. It doesn't mean the Saints' interest isn't legitimate, but the team might want to bring Peterson back for a second visit before it considers an actual signing. From the 32-year-old running back's perspective, New England would seem to be a better fit, with the Patriots currently surveying alternatives to fellow free agent LeGarrette Blount for the team's power-back role. If he were to join New Orleans, the future Hall of Famer likely would have to compete with Mark Ingram for early-down carries. While the Patriots also have a crowded backfield, the running backs currently on the roster -- James White, Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead, D.J. Foster and Brandon Bolden -- are all valued for their receiving, blocking and/or special teams contributions more so than their running ability. Blount had 299 carries for 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns last season, taking double-digit carries in each of the team's 16 regular-season games. Asides from New England and New Orleans, other possible fits for Peterson include Green Bay, Detroit and Oakland -- though Marshawn Lynch may soon account for the Raiders' vacancy.

Adrian Peterson
RB NO (5)
2 months ago

Peterson (knee) went through a workout during last week's visit with the Patriots, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The workout suggests the Patriots actually have interest in Peterson, who was rumored to be visiting solely as a favor to his agent. The 32-year-old running back is scheduled for another visit Tuesday with the Saints -- which seems like a shaky fit due to the presence of Mark Ingram. New England would make more sense, as the Patriots may need to replace fellow free agent LeGarrette Blount, who wants to stay with the team but isn't happy with its current contract offer. Marshawn Lynch has also expressed interest in joining the Patriots if he can't work out a deal with his hometown Raiders, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. Be it Peterson, Blount or Lynch, the Patriots figure to eventually sign a veteran power runner to join a backfield that already includes James White, Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead. Other possible fits for Peterson include Detroit, Green Bay and Oakland.

Adrian Peterson
RB NO (5)
3 months ago

Peterson (knee) is scheduled to visit with the Saints on Tuesday, ESPN.com's Josina Anderson reports.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson previously met with the Seahawks in mid-March and the Patriots last week, leaving both visits without a contract in hand. His list of possible destinations thinned out as teams signed other free-agent running backs, leaving the 32-year-old to explore some franchises that aren't necessarily great fits for what he wants. If Peterson were to join the Saints, he'd have to compete with Mark Ingram for carries while playing in an offense that lives and dies with Drew Brees' right arm. Peterson would also have to settle for a contract that pays him far less than what he was initially seeking.

Adrian Peterson
RB NO (5)
3 months ago

Peterson (knee) finished his Monday visit with the Patriots without a contract, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson remains an unrestricted free agent able to sign with any team that makes him an agreeable offer. While his visit with New England predictably drew headlines, the team's historically small financial commitment to running backs made the possibility of signing Peterson seem remote. Admittedly, Peterson could still reengage in talks with the Patriots, but Monday's inconclusive meeting means he'll also go back to considering his options elsewhere.

Adrian Peterson
RB NO (5)
3 months ago

Peterson (knee) is scheduled to meet with the Patriots on Monday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

We're almost a month into free agency and the 2012 NFL MVP remains on the open market, potentially due to a combination of his hefty contract demands and the diminishing value of elite runners in today's league. Considering the Patriots just made Rex Burkhead their first tailback to sign for over $2 million per season since Kevin Faulk in 2009, New England likely isn't the place where Peterson will land a lucrative contract. At the same, he'd be an interesting fit in a backfield that, along with Burkhead, also boasts the likes of Dion Lewis (hamstring) and James White.

Adrian Peterson
RB NO (5)
3 months ago

Lions general manager Bob Quinn said he thinks Peterson (knee) still has something to offer, but he declined to say if the team is interested in signing the veteran running back, MLive.com's Kyle Meinke reports.

EDGE Analysis

Detroit has been mentioned as a possible destination, though not necessarily the best fit for what Peterson wants. With both Ameer Abdullah (foot) and Theo Riddick (shoulder) expected to be healthy before training camp, the Lions probably won't consider signing Peterson unless his contract demands soften considerably. The 32-year-old running back reportedly hopes to make upwards of $8 million in the first year of a contract, which would price him well out of Detroit's range. He's also unlikely to get that kind of money from another team, but he might get a better shot to be a crucial part of the offense. Peterson likely would be a complementary piece in Detroit, serving as an early-down runner in a pass-oriented attack. Other possible destinations include Oakland and Green Bay.

Adrian Peterson
RB NO (5)
3 months ago

Peterson (knee) remains unsigned in part because of his hefty contract demands, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson was reportedly asking for more than $8 million in the first year of a contract, which would be in line with the deals given to top running backs the past few years. Considering he's coming off a major injury and just turned 32 years old, he may have to settle for something closer to the deal Eddie Lacy recently signed with Seattle -- a one-year contract worth up to $5.5 million. There are still some potential fits, namely Oakland and Green Bay, but Peterson will first have to accept that teams aren't going to pay him a premium for what he accomplished in the past. Other teams that may be in the market for an early-down runner include the Lions, Patriots, Buccaneers and Giants.