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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.

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  1. vikingdoode says: Mar 6, 2017 11:36 PM

    Sounds like someone sound a bit desperate! Hope he only get league min!

  2. number1hawkfan says: Mar 6, 2017 11:39 PM

    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.

  3. angrydave38 says: Mar 6, 2017 11:39 PM

    I watched an interview some local news station did with him… he’s seriously a case of ‘the lights are on but dey ain’t nobody home’

  4. thrifty says: Mar 6, 2017 11:39 PM

    He doesn’t have a DUI, so he’s not qualified to sign with NE.

  5. seatownballers says: Mar 6, 2017 11:40 PM

    Not fair.
    Roger needs to stop this!

  6. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: Mar 6, 2017 11:41 PM

    No thanks. We will stick with Blount and and go for a 3rd tittle together.

    Good luck Adrian

  7. johny248 says: Mar 6, 2017 11:45 PM

    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.

  8. gmoney52 says: Mar 6, 2017 11:46 PM

    Taking a pay cut is the only way anyone signs AP, 31 coming off injury

  9. helicopterpilot13 says: Mar 6, 2017 11:51 PM

    No way. The Pats don’t want him.

  10. patriottony says: Mar 6, 2017 11:56 PM

    BB,,,does not allow fumbles no matter your name,,, fumble go sit on bench..period

  11. noose18 says: Mar 7, 2017 12:00 AM

    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.

  12. lgw91s says: Mar 7, 2017 12:02 AM

    It would be interesting. Not sure what he has left, though. Could be like Fred Taylor again.

  13. Grugenhagen says: Mar 7, 2017 12:23 AM

    Adrian’s propensity to put the ball on the ground is enough to keep Belichick away.

  14. mcniner55 says: Mar 7, 2017 12:23 AM

    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.

  15. speicher145 says: Mar 7, 2017 12:29 AM

    How fitting!

  16. puckskin says: Mar 7, 2017 12:30 AM

    Fumble liability, can’t stay on the field, lost a step.

  17. nflfan1blog says: Mar 7, 2017 12:37 AM

    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.

  18. childplease185 says: Mar 7, 2017 12:42 AM

    Obviously a Hall of Fame running back, but I always think about his bad ball security in a few big games. Couldn’t see the Pats being very interested

  19. scratchandsmell says: Mar 7, 2017 12:43 AM

    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.

  20. backuppunter says: Mar 7, 2017 12:44 AM

    18 million is what he’s talking about. maybe he’d play for 16

  21. THX 138 says: Mar 7, 2017 12:45 AM

    He would lucky to be signed for the league minimum the way he has been playing.

  22. FrankRizzo says: Mar 7, 2017 12:49 AM

    Sign with Oakland because they’re going to end this little run by the Boston Bradys

  23. kissmytaintpatriotswinagain says: Mar 7, 2017 12:57 AM

    Give Billy a 20 foot pole. Almost like MC Hammer said, I can’t touch this!

  24. paganmonkey says: Mar 7, 2017 1:02 AM

    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.

  25. mattseas says: Mar 7, 2017 1:11 AM

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

  26. ryanlatterell says: Mar 7, 2017 1:28 AM

    Go, Adrian. Win one while you can. Minnesota always loves you

  27. koolaid69 says: Mar 7, 2017 1:34 AM

    Lions > Vikings

  28. dlw492 says: Mar 7, 2017 1:34 AM

    On to Seattle… He’s on to Seattle

  29. thepopefromtv says: Mar 7, 2017 1:41 AM

    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.

  30. 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.

  31. sityourselfdown says: Mar 7, 2017 2:05 AM

    uhhh YES PLEASE

  32. chetlemonbasketcatch says: Mar 7, 2017 2:28 AM

    Funny how the worm has turned in a few years.. Over thirty year old running backs options are few…

  33. tonyzendejas says: Mar 7, 2017 3:02 AM

    Head case. No thanks.

  34. meximyke says: Mar 7, 2017 3:29 AM

    The Pats are a class organization! Doubt they would want a classless child beater, even on the cheap!

  35. dtp15 says: Mar 7, 2017 4:11 AM

    No thanks

  36. stipez says: Mar 7, 2017 4:25 AM

    Pretty soon players will be paying to play for a ring there.

  37. thetooloftools says: Mar 7, 2017 4:52 AM

    The Patriots don’t need this guy. Pure and simple.

  38. dxfiler says: Mar 7, 2017 5:03 AM

    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!

  39. 6ball says: Mar 7, 2017 5:33 AM

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


    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.

  40. superpatsfan5 says: Mar 7, 2017 6:13 AM

    No. Juice not worth the squeeze.

  41. droppedinagreasefire says: Mar 7, 2017 6:33 AM

    He still would have to sign off on the NDA for the Cheating Playbook.

  42. Indybear says: Mar 7, 2017 6:37 AM

    There isn’t a team out there that needs an aged running back to fumble away the game in the 4th quarter.

  43. noknoknokpenny says: Mar 7, 2017 6:46 AM

    The Patriots don’t need help on offense.

    They need help rebuilding the defense.

    Spend the money on defense.


  44. matiberio says: Mar 7, 2017 7:07 AM

    And while we are at it, lets pick up Larry Fitzgerald…

  45. DugoutDirtbag says: Mar 7, 2017 7:08 AM

    I bet he would.

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

    < bleed purple Vikes fan

  46. DugoutDirtbag says: Mar 7, 2017 7:10 AM

    A match made in football HELL!

  47. vikingboy26 says: Mar 7, 2017 7:15 AM

    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.

  48. elitekane says: Mar 7, 2017 7:24 AM

    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.

  49. whatjusthapped says: Mar 7, 2017 7:34 AM

    No way the Pats want him, his playoff legacy is fumbling, at the worst possible time.

  50. exinsidetrader says: Mar 7, 2017 7:53 AM

    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.

  51. davebarnes21 says: Mar 7, 2017 7:53 AM

    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!!!!!!!!!!!

  52. alfredogarciashead says: Mar 7, 2017 8:02 AM

    No chance – let’s see though – a guy who fumbles, a guy who can’t pick up the blitz, a guy who cannot catch – yep, no chance.

  53. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 7, 2017 8:25 AM

    I sure hope not. Would make my stomach turn to see this guy in a Pats uni.

  54. TheWizard says: Mar 7, 2017 8:25 AM

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

  55. footballboozer says: Mar 7, 2017 8:28 AM

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

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

  56. conormacleod says: Mar 7, 2017 8:32 AM

    Doubtful. But all speculation with no fluff anyway.

  57. teal379 says: Mar 7, 2017 8:33 AM

    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?

  58. sparxx2157 says: Mar 7, 2017 8:35 AM

    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 you want to run to NE to get a ring??? #Be a real football player work with what u got..

  59. jjackwagon says: Mar 7, 2017 8:54 AM

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

  60. jwcarlson says: Mar 7, 2017 9:04 AM

    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.

    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.

  61. psousa1 says: Mar 7, 2017 9:20 AM

    Has Ravens written all over him

  62. ikeclanton says: Mar 7, 2017 9:22 AM

    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.

  63. junkmtb says: Mar 7, 2017 9:23 AM

    Of course, everybody wants to play for the Patriots!

  64. setrg says: Mar 7, 2017 9:30 AM

    “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.

  65. 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.

  66. veddermn8 says: Mar 7, 2017 9:50 AM

    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.

  67. likuidsmoke says: Mar 7, 2017 9:53 AM

    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.

  68. twinfan24 says: Mar 7, 2017 10:00 AM

    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.

  69. tylawspick6 says: Mar 7, 2017 10:05 AM

    Drops too many balls as a receiver and I am not sure his blocking skills are up to snuff.

  70. nyneal says: Mar 7, 2017 10:21 AM

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

  71. cribbage12 says: Mar 7, 2017 10:24 AM

    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!

  72. nyneal says: Mar 7, 2017 10:25 AM

    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.

  73. tylawspick6 says: Mar 7, 2017 10:25 AM

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

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

  74. fordbw says: Mar 7, 2017 10:26 AM

    Washed up player says he would take discount to play for NFL’s best team. That’s a surprise.

  75. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 7, 2017 10:29 AM

    What won’t players do to get out of what the Pioneer Press calls “Loserville, USA”?

  76. Bluestree says: Mar 7, 2017 10:32 AM

    He’s not Penske material.

  77. screwmemean says: Mar 7, 2017 10:38 AM

    Sweat deal. He has 52 team mates that can earn him a ring and he doesnt have to play. Take it!

  78. bradygirl12 says: Mar 7, 2017 10:44 AM

    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.

  79. jjackwagon says: Mar 7, 2017 10:45 AM

    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.
    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.

  80. The Dangerous Kitchen says: Mar 7, 2017 10:54 AM

    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.

  81. The Dangerous Kitchen says: Mar 7, 2017 10:55 AM

    Bluestree says:
    Mar 7, 2017 10:32 AM
    He’s not Penske material.


    Always love a good Seinfeld reference!!

  82. The Dangerous Kitchen says: Mar 7, 2017 11:06 AM

    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!


    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.

  83. sb44champs says: Mar 7, 2017 11:31 AM

    Adrian Peterson would consider discount to sign with Patriots
    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

  84. shiz1156 says: Mar 7, 2017 12:23 PM

    The rich get richer.

  85. fjw2 says: Mar 7, 2017 12:34 PM

    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.

  86. fmc651 says: Mar 7, 2017 12:39 PM

    Just like teaming up with other stars in the NBA is weak. So is running to the Pats.

  87. fjw2 says: Mar 7, 2017 12:42 PM

    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.

  88. purpleguy says: Mar 7, 2017 3:38 PM

    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.

  89. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Mar 7, 2017 5:13 PM

    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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