Adrian Peterson could be a tough sell for Patriots ownership

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My immediate reaction to the news that Adrian Peterson will visit the Patriots on Monday is that the Patriots leaked the news on Sunday to send a message to LeGarrette Blount (Tom Curran of CSN New England thinks it’s a favor to Peterson’s agent), and that the Patriots aren’t currently interested in signing Peterson.

Reinforcing that mild-to-medium-heat take are comments from Patriots president Jonathan Kraft in the aftermath of the news that Peterson was facing child-abuse charges — news that emerged in the immediate aftermath of the release of the Ray Rice elevator video in September 2014.

“I just don’t get it, so it is hard to comment on,” Jonathan Kraft said at the time, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. “Other than the fact the way I was brought up and the way I brought my children is you don’t lay your hands on them. From where I sit it is completely unacceptable and as abhorrent as what we have been talking about [with Ray Rice]. It was interesting hearing some people raise a defense about it being cultural and I can’t comment on that.

“Everything I have heard about this makes you just physically uncomfortable as the other stuff we have talked about. And I think it is a real issue and in this case I think Adrian Peterson in his comments basically did say it is a thing he grew up with and is culturally what the norm is. I can’t comment on it because it is just so alien to me.”

Last week in Arizona, Patriots owner Robert Kraft explained in a visit to PFT Live that, as to personnel decisions (like whether to trade Jimmy Garoppolo), coach Bill Belichick has the power, but that he confers with ownership before doing anything big.

Signing Adrian Peterson would be pretty big, especially since ownership once renounced the rights to a third-round draft pick who had a history of violence against women. Bringing Peterson in for a visit is fairly big, too. Chances are that ownership knows what the plan is, and that ownership is OK with that plan. Whatever the plan may be.

32 responses to “Adrian Peterson could be a tough sell for Patriots ownership

  1. BRUH, 2 things you need to know RIGHT NOW:
    1. Belichick doesn’t even want AP
    2. Bob Kraft rocks blue shirts with white cuffs/collars to every Pats game

  2. They drew a line on domestic violence and took Mixon off their draft board, yet are bringing in guy who beats children old testament style? This is the hypocrisy that makes people hate the Patriots and the NFL.

  3. Adrian Peterson could be a tough sell for Patriots ownership
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    Bull. If BB says he can help the team win another championship, ownership will be on board. As for the fans, the Patriots can do anything short of moving or attempting to sign Hernandez again and the vast majority of Pats fans will be trumpeting its genius.

  4. I thought the same thing when I heard this. As a Pats fan, I would be extremely disappointed if they signed AP, especially given how outspoken the team has been about their intolerance for domestic violence. Let some bottom-feeder of a team sign him and his waning skill set to sell some tickets.

  5. My immediate reaction to the news that Adrian Peterson will visit the Patriots on Monday is that the Patriots leaked the news on Sunday to send a message to LeGarrette Blount (Tom Curran of CSN New England thinks it’s a favor to Peterson’s agent), and that the Patriots aren’t currently interested in signing Peterson.
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    Ok, so when you argue that the NFL is making it financially tough on teams because they have to spend extra money on travel/resources to interview players deemed ‘not eligible’ for the NFL combine, yet your “immediate reaction” to this news is that a team is spending unnecessarily in order to send a message, you are speaking out of both sides of your mouth.

    The second side to this article is that the Patriots have supposedly taken a talented RB off their draft board because he committed an assault while he was a teenager. However, now the Patriots are hosting an aging free agent RB that committed multiple assaults in his late 20s. Hypocritical much?

  6. Peterson will help Belichick get the Pats back into the Super Bowl for the whopping price of a plane ticket, a hotel room, and a steak dinner.

  7. Everybody has an opportunity to redeem themselves and their reputation.

    Unfortunately, AP is past 30 with little tread left on the tires.

    Have you seen NE’s backfield? Stacked.

    James White had an MVP caliber Super Bowl game. A healthy Lewis is fun to watch. THe Burkhead signing was nice, and a Shout out to DJ Foster, fellow Saguaro High and Arizona State alum!

    AP visits but doesn’t sign. I’m thinking Houston might sign him, they have a penchant for keeping oft-injured running backs.

    Kidding. AP probably retires.

  8. .
    @monoflyer

    ” They drew a line on domestic violence and took Mixon off their draft board, ”

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    You know this how? Did you get the information from Belichick or Casserio? Do you have their entire draft board? Perhaps it’s fake news?
    .

  9. A team putting ethics and morals ahead of winning? Unlikely, as much as I wish otherwise.

    More likely, he will not be signed because he just doesn’t offer enough at his age and maybe also because he’s not worth the negatives. But I don’t imagine the Pats are ever going to take the high road anymore than I expect it from any other team.

  10. “Everything I have heard about this makes you just physically uncomfortable as the other stuff we have talked about. And I think it is a real issue and in this case I think Adrian Peterson in his comments basically did say it is a thing he grew up with and is culturally what the norm is. I can’t comment on it because it is just so alien to me.”
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    To me I read Krafts words and he seems to be willing to listen to the other side of the story. Now that AP knows there are better ways to parent, is that making him a better parent?

  11. ull. If BB says he can help the team win another championship, ownership will be on board. As for the fans, the Patriots can do anything short of moving or attempting to sign Hernandez again and the vast majority of Pats fans will be trumpeting its genius.

    Lame!!

    If the Dolphins or ANY other team signed him the fans of that team would be cheering their a$$’S off every time he broke a long run or scored a TD

  12. If Ben Jarvis Green Ellis were 45 years old and out of shape at 300 pounds, he would be more likely to be signed out of retirement by Belichick than Peterson is now. Belichick will not risk a WHOLE season to a player who is prone to careless fumbles, especially at key moments. Then add the heinous off field situation, and the chances are virtually zero. Look at other motives for the visit, that do not include Peterson actually signing here.

  13. Kraft did take a hard line on that… but fully willing to bank roll Hernandez while he was murdering people… they only had a problem with him when he got arrested.

  14. vikingdoode says:
    Apr 3, 2017 10:31 AM
    if they sign him… Would Kraft be a Hypocrite? no tolerence for domestic abuse? thats what he said about Joe Mixon…
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    No it isn’t. Kraft did not specifically address Joe Mixon at all.

  15. 6ball says:
    Apr 3, 2017 10:26 AM
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    @monoflyer

    ” They drew a line on domestic violence and took Mixon off their draft board, ”

    ——
    You know this how? Did you get the information from Belichick or Casserio? Do you have their entire draft board? Perhaps it’s fake news?

    – – – – – – –

    The news has been reported by the Boston Herald, which was then picked up and reported on this website. At the owners meeting, Robert Kraft didn’t mention Joe Mixon by name, but said:
    “While I believe in second chances and giving players an opportunity for redemption, I also believe that playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right,” Kraft told the Herald. “For me, personally, I believe that privilege is lost for men who have a history of abusing women.”

    Bill Belichick will, with Nick Caserio, do what he wants during the draft, but he won’t draft someone who has done something Robert Kraft despises. Besides, from what I have seen, Robert Kraft is quite often in the Patriots ‘war room’ and sometimes makes the phone call welcoming a new draft pick to the club. It’s easy to make the deduction that he has input and would likely veto Belichick drafting Mixon.

  16. Not against bringing him to camp to see what he has left. Should be on a low cost deal with incentives based on his age and recent performance. As far as personal issues are concerned, criticism would be better directed at the league for allowing any player to be available to participate rather than directed at individual teams.

  17. Everyone is missing the main reason as to why AP would be a detriment to the Patriots.. BLITZ PICKUP.

    Peterson is one of the worst rated, career, pass blocking efficiency runningbacks in the NFL. Granted, if he did play it would be during running downs only, so it would reduce the pass protection chances. Regardless, it would only take one WHIFF on a Brady audible out of a run to a passing play to get the GOAT decleated and the “why did we take such a chance?” talk started.

    They will see what AP has left in the tank and if he will run hard between the tackles. Also, they will throw a couple blitz-pickup looks his way along with alot of hits on the ball while he is carrying it then feel good that at least they covered the bases with AP before letting him walk.

  18. picksix401 says:
    Apr 3, 2017 9:52 AM
    BRUH, 2 things you need to know RIGHT NOW…
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    Who is BRUH?

  19. Flash1287 says:
    Apr 3, 2017 10:32 AM
    ull. If BB says he can help the team win another championship, ownership will be on board. As for the fans, the Patriots can do anything short of moving or attempting to sign Hernandez again and the vast majority of Pats fans will be trumpeting its genius.

    Lame!!

    If the Dolphins or ANY other team signed him the fans of that team would be cheering their a$$’S off every time he broke a long run or scored a TD
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    What about that is “lame”? I was simply stating that BB & the Pats have earned unquestioning loyalty from their ownership and fans (kinda comes with prolonged winning) and that many Pats fans love bragging about each and every thing the organization does.

    As for your statement…that would apply to any player of any team. How many fans hope for ineptitude from their team’s players? Personally, I don’t want Peterson on the Dolphins…not chiefly because of anything he did, but because I do not think he is a good fit or has all that much to offer at the price he likely wants.

  20. No matter what an owner says they are going to give an all time talent like AP the time of day and at least talk through it. It’s hard to figure out if and when it’s ok to forgive someone for their mistakes and give them a second chance, but it definitely requires at least speaking to someone. It’s not something you should judge strictly by media coverage.

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