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Draft Scout *Adrian Peterson News
04/25/17 - RB Adrian Peterson is close to agreeing to a deal with the New Orleans Saints, according to published reports on Monday.
Citing two league sources, the Times-Picayune of New Orleans reported that a deal is near for Peterson, who visited the Saints two weeks ago. The NFL Network reported that the sides are close to an agreement and that Peterson would receive more than $3 million to play next season.
Peterson, who turned 32 last month, left the Minnesota Vikings as one of the best players in franchise history. He was released on March 9 after the team declined the 2017 option on his contract.
04/25/17 - RB Adrian Peterson has agreed to join the Saints on a two-year deal reportedly worth $7 million pending a physical. The contract includes $3.5 million of guaranteed money. "I am excited to be joining the New Orleans Saints," the 32-year-old Peterson told ESPN. "I'm really looking forward to this opportunity. Most importantly, I chose this team because it just felt right within my spirit." Peterson's option was not picked up by the Vikings on Feb. 28 after he spent his first 10 seasons in Minnesota, becoming the franchise's all-time leader in rushing yards (11,747) and touchdowns (97).
04/02/17 - RB Adrian Peterson's first free agent meeting will be with the defending Super Bowl champions. The former Minnesota Vikings running back is scheduled to meet with the New England Patriots on Monday, ESPN reports. Peterson became an unrestricted free agent when the Vikings did not exercise his 2017 option on Feb. 28. Peterson missed almost all of last season with a right knee injury. The seven-time Pro Bowler and 2012 NFL MVP has 11,747 rushing yards and 97 touchdowns over 10 seasons, all with the Vikings.
03/24/17 - RB Adrian Peterson is reportedly asking for a premium price on the open market, and teams are not willing to meet the demand. Peterson, who was recently released by the Minnesota Vikings, remains unsigned during free agency and ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported Friday that it is because the asking price is too high. A source from a team in the market for a running back told ESPN that Peterson wanted more than $8 million in the first year of a contract. The Vikings announced last week that the team would not re-sign Peterson, who turned 32 on Tuesday. The Vikings did not pick up Peterson's option year and instead signed former Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray in free agency.
03/12/17 - RB Adrian Peterson is scheduled to visit the Seahawks on Sunday, according to multiple reports. The 31-year-old running back is a free agent after the Vikings declined to pick up his option for 2017 that would have paid him $11.75 million in salary plus a $6 million roster bonus.
Peterson is familiar with Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who served in a similar position with the Vikings from 2007-10. Peterson was limited to three games last season because of injuries, rushing for 72 yards on 37 carries. He topped 1,000 yards seven times for the Vikings, including a career-best 2,097 yards in 2012 that rates as the second-best single-season mark in NFL history.