How Adrian Peterson deal impacts Raiders, Marshawn Lynch negotiations

Camille Francis
April 25, 2017

One fun note, however, is the Saints play at the Vikings in Week 1 on Monday night.

According to the Times Picayune, Peterson visited with the Saints two weeks ago, but he ended up leaving without a deal.

A former NFL MVP who has been named to seven Pro Bowls and scored 97 touchdowns, Peterson turned 32 last month. Peterson ran only 37 times for 72 yards last season after tearing his meniscus in a September game. He played in just three games last season. It's true that Ingram was in and out of coach Sean Payton's doghouse last season, but he still ended up with his most impressive season in a more comfortable complementary role.

Ingram rushed for 1,043 yards in 2016 while Peterson - who has rushed for at least 1,000 yards seven times in his career - played in only three games previous year because of injuries. They went younger, signing Raiders free agent Latavius Murray. That's good for them, but the Patriots were the ones who made the much bigger, better move for a running back on Monday.

In between Peterson was outstanding in 2015, rushing for a league-leading 1,485 yards. Mark Ingram, the incumbent back, still is expected to be the workhorse - and his $3.6 million salary for next season may explain why Peterson's number is slightly lower.

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-Running back Mike Gillislee signed with the Patriots after the Buffalo Bills decided not to match the two-year contract offer.

It seems that Adrian Peterson won't be a New York Giant after all.

-The San Francisco 49ers are "still strongly considering" taking a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in this week's NFL Draft.

Speculation regarding free agent running back Adrian Peterson and the Green Bay Packers may soon come to an anticlimactic end.

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