Report: Adrian Peterson would consider discount to sign with Patriots

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At a time when no reports are emerging of teams interested in first-ballot Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson, plenty of reports are emerging regarding teams he’s interested in joining.

Buried in a Sunday notes column from Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald is this eye opener: “A source close to Peterson told the Herald that since [Peterson] has already earned a ton — more than $97 million is his career — it’s certainly something he’d consider. Peterson knows how it worked out for Darrelle Revis and Chris Long.”

The first question becomes how little would Peterson take to be a Patriot, particularly in relation to other offers he attracts? If the Patriots would pay, for example, $2 million plus incentives, that may not be much more than what otherwise will be there.

From New England’s perspective, the question becomes whether the team would pursue Peterson given his well-documented case of child abuse from 2014. The team that once renounced the draft rights to Christian Peter due to violence against women possibly would shy away from a player with Peterson’s off-field track record.

A separate question becomes whether Peterson would accept a game-plan-by-game-plan determination of his role. Some weeks, he’d get the ball a lot. Other weeks, hardly at all. For a guy who is used to getting the ball as much as he wants it, that could be a tough adjustment.

Also, if/when Peterson resorts to his past habit of dropping the ball while fighting for that extra yard, he’ll quickly be occupying space in Bill Belichick’s doghouse.

So while Peterson would consider the Patriots, Raider, Giants, Vikings, Texans, Buccaneers, and whichever next team he tells ESPN he’d be interested in joining, the real question is whether any team is interested in paying Peterson anything close to what he’s accustomed to receiving.

89 responses to “Report: Adrian Peterson would consider discount to sign with Patriots

  1. My least favorite player in football by far. He’s a trash human and I hope he never gets a ring. Can’t wait till he’s out of the NFL and hopefully his 7 kids find a positive male role model in their lives because they aren’t getting it from this pile of garbage.

  2. At this point in his career, after making a huge amount of money playing for a bad team, it would make a lot of sense for AP to almost play for free for a team that has a strong chance to give him a ring. It’s pretty much all he is missing. He’s been such a great player only to be stuck on a bad team his entire career. If he could work out a deal to play in NE to give him a chance to get that ring and then walk away, it would be a win/win for everyone. He doesn’t need the money. NE doesn’t need him. However, he could still contribute in the field and give NE yet another advantage, and would give AP a chance to actually win. I like the idea.

  3. Some team will pay him much more than he’s worth, I’m not sure he’s worth 2 mil. As a lions fan I just wish this guy would go the **** away already.

  4. I dont even like the Patriots or AP. But this is the smartest thing AP has ever said. If he could get on board there for a reasonable price for the Patriots then he is giving him self a fantastic shot at a ring.

    I know people say AP is old and worn down. But thats when he is touching the ball (run/pass) 25+ times a game.

    Could you imagine if teams had to prepare for Brady and AP? That would be a nightmare and would keep AP very fresh late into the season. And more importantly the post season.

  5. Careful. There may be no tread on those tires. Averaged less than three yards a carry last season. Could have been an outlier and poor blocking BUT the other Minnesota backs averaged over three yards behind that same O line.

  6. No chance the patriots sign a guy who will get Tom Brady killed with his career long aversion to picking up blitzing linebackers. Plus he can’t catch the ball to save his life.

  7. Fun to think about Brady and Peterson… But be honest and call it what it is: Fantasy Football. Maybe you should have separate section for that? Could be fun, but lets not encourage fake news.

  8. The answer to your question is no.
    No team is interested in paying Peterson anything close to what he is accustomed to receiving.

  9. He’s simply too old and too well paid to go to any team that actually is a playoff contender. All the good teams have better deals signed at rb already.

  10. Ted Thompson should seriously make a move here…Montgomery isn’t a lead back, Lacy could be had for cheap but can’t be relied on. I’m sure AP would love running against nickel n dime packages all day and Green Bay does a lot on offense from under center. With $40mil to play with they can afford to go after him.

  11. I think he’ll do the smart veteran move and go to a real contender to try and get a ring. NE or even GB make sense. He is set for life financially. He calls himself a surefire hall of famer but has no rings. He is 32 but low mileage past 2 seasons and would fit well in a rotational gameplan based backfield. NE and GB both fit. Not sure NE needs him w Blount as their power back, but they’d fimd room for him if he is willing to take the discount. Make it happen BB!

  12. .
    ” For a guy who is used to getting the ball as much as he wants it, that could be a tough adjustment. ”

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    Wherever Peterson lands he should accept a reduced workload. You’re asking for trouble if you are giving a 32 year old RB 25 carries a game.
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  13. I bet he would.

    Maybe more importantly….I bet Belichek would consider AD on a discount.

    < bleed purple Vikes fan

  14. AP for his career, actually fumbled less than Brown and Payton. The problem with AP is that he fumbles at the worst possible time…see Seattle and New Orleans playoff games. I loved AP until he beat his kid, now I’ve moved on. He just has no self-awareness and his ego is so big that I can’t see him accepting a pay cut.

  15. For everyone saying we will stickvwith blount…. What does he do against goos teams? Nothing.

    Peterson blows him away if he can be healthy. Plus Blount fumbled in the biggest game of the season the superbowl.

  16. Require him to visit (but not beat) each of his half dozen or so kids around the country at least once a month… and pay him the Vet minimum.

    If he does that, welcome to the Pats. If not, time for another switch.

  17. of course he would

    New England = Greatness. Its old news

    Randy Moss, Corey Dillon, Junior Seau, Rodney Harrison…

    Of course AP will end up there and of course they will win another 2-3 superbowls!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. I’d like to see them draft a back, now that the sting of Laurence Maroney is far enough in the past.

  19. FrankRizzo says:
    Mar 7, 2017 12:49 AM
    Sign with Oakland because they’re going to end this little run by the Boston Bradys

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    If thats true, then that is the end of the salary cap PED users Denver Donkeys.

  20. STOP it with the AP to GB nonsense.

    Over the last 3 years, whatever GB has thrown in the backfield has outperformed AP and AP was the cornerstone of his offense.

    Why would a team that isn’t based on the run, doesn’t run all that great to begin with decided to get WORSE by signing AP?

  21. Listen..Real football players win championship with what they got… hasbeens and wannabes run to the top teams to get rings..Whats wrong AP can’t take the Vikings to a championship..so you want to run to NE to get a ring??? #Be a real football player work with what u got..

  22. When will he realize that he will have to discount all the way down to the Vet minimum before any team is interested?

  23. gbpackfan3 says:
    Mar 7, 2017 1:57 AM
    Ted Thompson should seriously make a move here…Montgomery isn’t a lead back, Lacy could be had for cheap but can’t be relied on. I’m sure AP would love running against nickel n dime packages all day and Green Bay does a lot on offense from under center. With $40mil to play with they can afford to go after him.
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    AP is too dumb not to eat food he’s allergic to… I’m surprised he hasn’t drowned in thunderstorm at this point. Why in the world would you want this guy on the team? He’s been hurt, average, or suspended for beating a little kid for the last few years.

  24. Not a good fit, and Belichick does not pay for this position, even in the discounted AP range.

    Tons of good running backs in this upcoming draft as well.

  25. “first-ballot Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson”

    If Owens is being kept out of the HOF because he was “disruptive” how can someone convicted of assaulting a little kid get in?

    Perhaps people should stop annointing players “first ballot hall of famers” until they actually get into the HOF.

  26. “First Ballot HOF”

    I don’t know about that, #16 all time in rushing.

    Frank Gore is ahead of AP.

    Just saying, the Hall its turning in to the Really Good Players Walk of Honor.

    Drew Brees, YES ,third all time in every statical category. And the two ahead of him are retired.

  27. I don’t think he’d be happy only getting 10-12 touches at most a game. Pats running game is always by committee. And he’s got too much baggage and never really seemed sorry for what he did. Hope they stay far, far away from AP.

  28. If they can get him on a cheap but fair incentive based deal, they should definitely get him. I think a lot of people are underestimating AD. This is the same guy who came back from a torn ACL to rush 2000 yds and fall a few short of the record.

    I say he would do great sharing carries, and he’s already missed about 2 years so that’s a lot less wear on him. If any RB can perform over 30 it’s him. He’d be a dangerous weapon with the Pats, would be better than Blount, and White and Dion can handle the pass catching.

  29. I suppose it is possible, but I have a feeling AP’s idea of discount would not be the same as the Pat’s (vet minimum). And, that is if they would even have an interest. Doesn’t block, can’t catch, old, injury bug lately. Doesn’t sound like the type of versatile player they like.

  30. Leaving the Vikings to play for the Patriots is truly like going from the outhouse to the penthouse.

  31. What does this say about Minnesota? Wow, could you imaging Aaron Rodgers saying he’d give a discount to the Patriots but not to GB?

    This is why everyone loves the 13-time world champion Green Bay Packers!

  32. winningisabrees says:
    Mar 7, 2017 9:43 AM
    “First Ballot HOF”

    I don’t know about that, #16 all time in rushing.

    Frank Gore is ahead of AP.

    Just saying, the Hall its turning in to the Really Good Players Walk of Honor.

    Drew Brees, YES ,third all time in every statical category. And the two ahead of him are retired.

    _____________________________________

    I agree with you that the Hall Of Fame voters have lowered their standards over the years.

    No child abuser should ever get in the Hall of Fame, in my opinion. But with O.J. Simpson still in there, it’s obvious character doesn’t matter.

  33. Also, the Krafts don’t knowingly sign violent people especially wifebeaters or childbeaters.

    Other franchises back these kinds of people, but not in NE.

  34. Noooooooooooooo! Not him! There are good young RB’s in the draft plus FA’s and the guys they already have. He’s getting old, hurt too often, not to mention what he’s like off the field. Just…no.

  35. winningisabrees says:
    Mar 7, 2017 9:43 AM
    “First Ballot HOF”

    I don’t know about that, #16 all time in rushing.

    Frank Gore is ahead of AP.
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    Yes, Frank Gore is ahead of AP. And yes, AP is #16 all-time rushing(so far).
    But Terrell Davis isn’t even in the top 50 all-time, has less than 8k yds rushing and is a First ballot HOFer. If Davis can make it with those horrible numbers AP is a shoe-in.

  36. On the surface that sounds wild pairing the AP rushing attack with the Brady passing atrack. But look a little deeper there are some questions.

    The first is whether the AP rushing attack is still part of the picture. He is a bit old, but took less wear and tear the past couple years, but age is age. So who knows.

    Second Florio has a good point about the fumbles. Belichich does lose patience with that quickly and there is a history thats worthy of concern.

    Third, Florio has another good point about roles. We have seen AP serve as the bellcow and thats pretty much what he is usef to. But can he simply be a chess piece and play like one. This means his carries will fluctuE wildly. This means he might be asked to play bait or blocker. He would have to ignore his normal instincts and ‘do his job’ and be happy. Not everyone one can make that adjustment.

    As far as his bad press being brought to the team thats less of an issue. Fisrt off the critics will mostly be hyppocrites. No matter where he goes most fans of that team will be about forgiveness and second chances while fans of 31 other teams will wrap themselves in phoney self righteousness and make their declarations and pound their chests. Thats just how these folks roll here.

    As far as saying that will reflect on the Patriots just read the comments. Their haters are going to hate on them whether they take on a child beater or not. One point the Patriot haters miss is that by being so unreasonably toxic they render their own selves something not worth worrying about.

  37. sb44champs says:
    Mar 7, 2017 10:29 AM

    Your arrogance knows no bounds. And tell us again what you did personally and individually do to make the Pats a dynasty besides turning on your tv and snap a Bud light with chips. Pats Good! Me Good! Right? Get a job, freak!

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    Me personally and individually turning on a tv, snapping a bud light with chips was directly responsible for all those championships. Pats are good because I am good. And I have a job, its turning on my tv and snapping bud lights with chips. Because I make that produce championships I am extremely well compensated for it.

  38. Adrian Peterson would consider discount to sign with Patriots
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    The Patriots get a nice FA/salary cap incentive every offseason. Players will take less money to play with a contender… Sounds like the same BS the NBA turned into… Titles are becoming more and more meaningless due to the top team getting FAs at bargain discount SMH

  39. I’m sure Peterson would like to play for a superbowl champion team once in his career. Problem for AD is I’m not sure how much he’d have to pay New England to let him play there.

    Fumbles, and drops too much… Pats could find an undrafted rookie that’ll do that for them , and have a better chance of actually molding them into a decent player for the future.

  40. For those of us born back in the 40’s or 50’s, almost all of our parents were “child abusers” based on the current politically correct standards.

    When I see the behavior of many kids these days I think they could have used a few good whacks when they were younger.

  41. The thing about all these different teams AP could play for that is never discussed enough is what type of offense they run. AP is only effective with a QB that regularly lines up under the center — and how many teams still run offenses out of that set? Surprisingly few.

  42. Of course he wants to play for the world champions. They all do. It’ll never happen, but you can understand his thinking. Death, taxes and the Patriots deep into the playoffs.

    2016 Super Bowl Champions!

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