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Report: Adrian Peterson definitely not in the Buccaneers’ plans

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After Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston worked out with free agent running back Adrian Peterson, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter made some comments that suggested the team might be interested in Peterson. But apparently that’s not the case.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Peterson is definitely not in the Buccaneers’ plans.

That shouldn’t come as any surprise. Peterson is 32 years old and averaged just 1.9 yards a carry in the three games he was healthy enough to play last season. Even the year before, when he led the NFL in rushing, his production declined significantly late in the season. Running backs hardly ever keep playing at a high level into their 30s, and Peterson appears to be no exception.

Some team may decide to take a chance on Peterson at some point before training camps open in four months, but so far that team has not been identified, and we can apparently cross the Bucs off the list.

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35 Responses to “Report: Adrian Peterson definitely not in the Buccaneers’ plans”
  1. nflpoker says: Apr 1, 2017 5:09 PM

    And the waiting goes on. Maybe when he’s 40 he’ll hear the phone ring. Oh! Wrong number

  2. gripless says: Apr 1, 2017 5:10 PM

    He’s not going anywhere. Not only is he a selfish player that has aged, he can’t catch, block or hold onto the ball. The good old days he used to run people over, the last couple years he has tried to manage his body and subsequently runs soft and out of bounds.

    Glad the Vikes had the guts to move on from this guy.

    Perhaps pair him on on a package deal with Cutler 🙂

  3. thisonesforpat says: Apr 1, 2017 5:14 PM

    AP is gonna be tested here as to how much he REALLY wants to play football. $18 million last year, $500,000 this year? Naw. AP ain’t gonna like that.

  4. chargerdillon says: Apr 1, 2017 5:14 PM

    I’m going to just take a stab here.

    What team just hired a running backs coach for their HC position.

    What team is looking to transition into a more run-first team.

    What team makes really poor decisions that wont help them win a championship.

    As soon as the price tag drops low enough he’ll become a Los Angeles Charger. Or some dummy team like the Jets/Browns over pays.

  5. prideof10000lakes says: Apr 1, 2017 5:19 PM

    At this point he might as well wait and hope for an injury or lower his asking price.

    It will probably take both.

  6. genericcommenter says: Apr 1, 2017 5:20 PM

    It really says a lot about him when teams without a lead RB or 3-4 scrubs on their depth chart have zero interest.

  7. nflpoker says: Apr 1, 2017 5:20 PM

    Arena football?? Lingerie league??

  8. ancient-mariner says: Apr 1, 2017 5:25 PM

    If he’s prepared to play for $2-3m some team may offer him a deal; if not, we may have seen the last of him. After that incident with him beating his son a few years ago, I won’t be disappointed to see the end of him. It was shocking that the Vikings kept him. If I did something as abhorrent as that I would be rightfully sacked.

  9. mcniner55 says: Apr 1, 2017 5:28 PM

    Teams are gonna wait till after the draft to get this guy at that point.

    If they dont get the RB they want + APs price will start to drop by then. Thats when he will get signed.

    Either that or he waits till an inevitable injury/suspension.

    All I know is he isnt signing before the draft at this point.

  10. dragonfly99 says: Apr 1, 2017 5:31 PM

    After the draft some team will give him a shot, but it will be for much less money than he is expecting.

  11. eatme2259 says: Apr 1, 2017 5:32 PM

    After watching him for so many years running over and through people. This is hard to watch, someone has to old Yeller him.

  12. lingsun54 says: Apr 1, 2017 5:37 PM

    Somebody said he’d have 200 yards against the Packers. I said he wouldn’t have 200 yards the rest of his career. I’m still right.

  13. eatme2259 says: Apr 1, 2017 5:42 PM

    lingsun54 says:
    Apr 1, 2017 5:37 PM
    Somebody said he’d have 200 yards against the Packers. I said he wouldn’t have 200 yards the rest of his career. I’m still right.

    //////////

    You must have very long arms to pat your back.

  14. Adrian Beathisson says: Apr 1, 2017 5:46 PM

    This baby making machine – then not caring for them, will be broke within 5 years of being out of the league.

  15. GenXJay says: Apr 1, 2017 5:54 PM

    Tt is waiting post draft with open arms.

  16. chrispy0515 says: Apr 1, 2017 6:01 PM

    Rick Stroud also believed that Desean Jackson would not be in the Bucs plans either – and he was signed a week later. So I think there’s about a 90% chance AP signs with my Buccaneers and I would be super excited if he does!

  17. dansadenverfan says: Apr 1, 2017 6:11 PM

    A team will give him a chance he just needs to stay healthy. Is he the best player to fumble away an oppurtunity for his team to make a superbowl? How many times did he fumble against the saints in the nfc championship game?

  18. brady2gronktd says: Apr 1, 2017 6:11 PM

    Whether you keyboard tough guys like it or not All Day is one of the greatest running backs to ever play in the NFL.

  19. qbarrel says: Apr 1, 2017 6:20 PM

    genericcommenter says:
    Apr 1, 2017 5:20 PM
    It really says a lot about him when teams without a lead RB or 3-4 scrubs on their depth chart have zero interest.

    ————————

    Tim Hightower getting signed by SF comes immediately to mind.

  20. abninf says: Apr 1, 2017 6:45 PM

    Listen, man. He’s an expensive 32 year old running back who looked old when he was last on the field, and he’s a known dope smoker and child abuser who is extremely unpopular with most fans. He’s done.

  21. petedutcherjr says: Apr 1, 2017 6:55 PM

    Um…this is NOT a report. It is an opinion peace by Rick Stroud…who you guys always quote as though he doesn’t make things up.

  22. albundy4tds1game says: Apr 1, 2017 7:02 PM

    genericcommenter says:
    Apr 1, 2017 5:20 PM
    It really says a lot about him when teams without a lead RB or 3-4 scrubs on their depth chart have zero interest.

    ————————

    Tim Hightower getting signed by SF comes immediately to mind.

    Pretty sure Carlos Hyde is a lead back and sure AP rather retire than go there or Cleveland

  23. thetooloftools says: Apr 1, 2017 7:02 PM

    League minimum and he isn’t going to play for that. They need to have a league sponsored team that is just made up of older players who just can’t give up the game. I wouldn’t miss a game. That would be great. Every play you can talk bout some fossil that refused to get the hint.

  24. dregonspengler says: Apr 1, 2017 7:03 PM

    brady2gronktd says:
    Whether you keyboard tough guys like it or not All Day is one of the greatest running backs to ever play in the NFL.

    Frankly, the only guy pretending to be a tough guy here is, well, you.
    As for the rest of your comment, this is a story about Adrian Peterson’s future, not what he USED to be.

  25. sportsfandemic says: Apr 1, 2017 7:29 PM

    He deserves to be signed somewhere. I personally think Tampa could benefit from signing him. They could implement a platoon type attack. Doug Martin is gonna be out for a couple weeks due to suspension and he’s been subpar anyways so they have a need. Granted AP isn’t going to put up huge numbers but I think there is enough left in the tank to be productive. He had a whole season off in 2014 and was healthy which I see as a season put into storage. He’s proven he can come back from injury too with his MVP performance following the acl/mcl tear. Give the guy a shot, he’s going to do more good than bad for whoever signs him.

  26. stellarperformance says: Apr 1, 2017 7:40 PM

    What do third round rookie running backs sign for? Give him that for two years. If he’d take it…….next stop……Green Bay. Otherwise? Keep walking.

  27. 4512dawg4512 says: Apr 1, 2017 7:53 PM

    And that’s why they continue to be the Buccaneers

  28. goldrush36 says: Apr 1, 2017 8:12 PM

    No accusing the league of blackballing him? Interesting how that works.

  29. brady2gronktd says: Apr 1, 2017 8:16 PM

    dregonspengler says:
    Apr 1, 2017 7:03 PM

    brady2gronktd says:
    Whether you keyboard tough guys like it or not All Day is one of the greatest running backs to ever play in the NFL.

    Frankly, the only guy pretending to be a tough guy here is, well, you.
    As for the rest of your comment, this is a story about Adrian Peterson’s future, not what he USED to be.

    Whatever you say..you wouldnt say a word to AP’s face and we all know it.

  30. tyelee says: Apr 1, 2017 8:21 PM

    Some teams only purpose is to pad the stats of the Elite teams…..

  31. whatjusthapped says: Apr 1, 2017 9:12 PM

    Peterson might have to wait till after the first game of the season so whatever sucker of a team signs him, they don’t have to pay him for the whole season.

    Now that’s a switch.

  32. GenXJay says: Apr 1, 2017 9:42 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Apr 1, 2017 9:12 PM

    “Now that’s a switch”

    Carrying a handoff from aaron rodgers; that’s a switch.

  33. dregonspengler says: Apr 1, 2017 10:15 PM

    brady2gronktd says:
    Whatever you say..you wouldnt say a word to AP’s face and we all know it.

    Geez, now the junior high kids are posting? The old “you wouldn’t say it to his face” chestnut is stale, immature and utterly pointless.
    For the record — and for those with low reading comprehension skills — I told another poster this story is about Adrian Peterson’s future, not about what he used to be as a player. I said nothing whatsoever about Peterson himself.

  34. fmc651 says: Apr 1, 2017 10:43 PM

    AP is gonna be tested here as to how much he REALLY wants to play football. $18 million last year.
    ))))))))))))
    He was paid $12 million last year. He was scheduled to get $18 million this year. And that is why he was cut.

  35. bartpkelly says: Apr 2, 2017 6:51 AM

    It isn’t about being one of the best ever…

    …right now it is about being good enough to help a team at the right price.

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