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Week 17 Outlook
Adrian Peterson will not return to Vikings
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman told the media running back Adrian Peterson "will be moving on" from the team in 2017.
After the Vikings signed Latavius Murray early Thursday morning, the writing was on the wall for Peterson's tenure in Minnesota to come to an end. Peterson, who remains on the open market, had already visited with the Seahawks but left without signing a deal. His best fit would likely be in Oakland. The Raiders lost Murray to the Vikings and have a top five offensive line for Peterson to run behind. The Giants and Cowboys could also be in the mix to sign the veteran rusher, but he would have to take less money to play for either one of those clubs.
Adrian Peterson to visit the Seahawks
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson is visiting the Seattle Seahawks in the next couple of days.
One of the best RBs of the decade is going to visit one of the best teams from the last few years. Peterson has 11,747 career rushing yards and 97 touchdowns. If he can make his way onto the Seahawks it would be very interesting to see what he could do with a somewhat better O-Line than what he had in Minnesota.
Adrian Peterson wants to go to Raiders or Seahawks?
Stacy Dales of NFL Network is reporting that the top two teams on Adrian Peterson's wish list are the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks.
It wouldn't be wise of Peterson to choose the Seahawks of all places, just ask Thomas Rawls who was hit on average just 1.0 yards from the line of scrimmage. While it may seem like a fit to just go in and replace Marshawn Lynch, Peterson isn't going to produce behind that offensive line. Going to the Raiders has seemed like a natural fit for him, as they already have their change-of-pace backs in place, and their offensive line is among the best in the league.
Adrian Peterson to New England at a discounted rate?
The Boston Herald's Kevin Guregian is reporting sources close to the situation said Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson would "certainly consider" signing with the New England Patriots at a discounted rate this offseason.
Guregian cites the fact that Peterson earned "a ton" of money in his career and that he's never won championships as reasons behind why he'd consider signing a "Patriots-friendly" deal this offseason. With LeGarrette Blount poised to test the open market, the team would have a need for a power running back if he indeed departs. This wouldn't be the first time the Patriots signed an aging rusher at the tail end of their career. They signed Corey Dillon (2004) and Fred Taylor (2009) in the past, who were both once prominent backs in the NFL searching for a championship ring before they called it a career.
Adrian Peterson interested in Raiders?
Josina Anderson of ESPN is reporting that the Raiders are one of the teams "catching the attention" of Adrian Peterson.
A move to the Raiders would be one of the best from not only a fantasy standpoint, but from a career one as well. Peterson has been stuck behind the Vikings sub-par offensive line for a few years now, making his living on yards after contact. The Raiders offensive line would make life easier on him, as the combination of Latavius Murray, Jalen Richard, and DeAndre Washington averaged 1.8 yards before contact in 2016. By comparison, the Vikings running backs combined for 1.2 yards prior to contact. Peterson could find himself back on the RB1/2 radar.
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