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Adrian Peterson thinking about playing five more years


After a bit of a wait following his departure from the Vikings, running back Adrian Peterson signed a two-year deal with the Saints this offseason.

The 32-year-old doesn’t want that to be the final contract he signs as an NFL player. Peterson was at a charity softball game benefitting Steve Gleason’s charity on Wednesday, which meant the No. 37 was in his line of sight when he was asked how much longer he wanted to play in the NFL.

Peterson said 37 is “a good number,” which would mean that he’d be suiting up for five more seasons in a league that has long seen 30 as a scary number for players at his position.

“I’d be lying to you say it doesn’t give you a chip [on your shoulder]. Especially being a competitor,” Peterson said, via the New Orleans Advocate. “It’s not my main focus. It’s something that drives you a little bit. After 30, because it was the same back then. ‘Oh, he’s 30.’ Then I ended up leading the league in 2015. Same thing the next year. Stuff will continue to repeat itself until I finish.”

Before Peterson can think about playing at 37, he’ll need to make sure someone wants him when he’s 33. Doing so will take a healthier and more productive season than he had in 2016 and the word around the Saints has been that Peterson is showing the ability to handle the productive part. Health is harder to predict, but it will be essential to any extended stay in the league.

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52 Responses to “Adrian Peterson thinking about playing five more years”
  1. OaklandNomads says: Jun 8, 2017 6:49 AM

    he’ll be released after spending most of this season on the IR..NEXT!

  2. hodag54501 says: Jun 8, 2017 6:51 AM

    He won’t last this season much less five.

  3. officialgame says: Jun 8, 2017 6:59 AM

    Its the time of year when large talented football player become delusional. Then the season starts and reality kicks in.

  4. xavier179 says: Jun 8, 2017 6:59 AM

    If you are going to do that you may want to increase your run average substantially.

  5. chaseutley says: Jun 8, 2017 7:10 AM

    Make it through this season healthy and we’ll talk.

  6. arianil985 says: Jun 8, 2017 7:48 AM

    3 games per year X 5 years? Sounds about right.

  7. intrafinesse says: Jun 8, 2017 7:48 AM

    My prediction is he won’t be very good this year and will probably be cut.
    It’s a 100% certainty he’s out of the league in 2 years.

  8. redeemerac says: Jun 8, 2017 7:50 AM

    If anybody RB could do this it would be him, having said that, he won’t do it…in the next couple of years, all that pounding will take its toll.

  9. kcchefs58 says: Jun 8, 2017 8:04 AM

    I’m thinking about winning the lottery…

  10. beerbratscheese says: Jun 8, 2017 8:23 AM

    Playing what? Parcheesi? His best days as a RB in the NFL are clearly behind him. He’s shown that the last two years. Seriously, now that he’s not playing in Minnesota anymore, I have no desire to just poke fun at him. I’m just looking at stats.

  11. mickmars says: Jun 8, 2017 8:23 AM

    I’m thinking about marrying Mika Kunis. I’d say we have about the same odds, me and Adrian….

  12. aj66shanghai says: Jun 8, 2017 8:37 AM

    If he wants to be in the NFL in 5 years, he had better start practicing kicking

  13. streetyson says: Jun 8, 2017 8:38 AM

    37? Ain’t gonna happen. Even if he could hold onto the ball, and block, and generally concentrate more on football than begetting a dozen more illegitimate children and still forgetting where the funds of his “charity” foundation went.

  14. seanskol says: Jun 8, 2017 8:43 AM

    I’m thinking about winning the lottery in the next five years, too – but it ain’t gonna happen. This guy seems to get dumber each day.

  15. Torrey says: Jun 8, 2017 8:51 AM

    Adrian Peterson has the same odds of retiring at age 37 as I do of retiring at age 37.

  16. jimnsota says: Jun 8, 2017 8:53 AM

    AD = Always DuH-loser-sional

  17. silvernblacksabbath says: Jun 8, 2017 9:01 AM

    A.D. Always Delusional.

  18. irishgary says: Jun 8, 2017 9:05 AM

    He doesn’t have the brain power to think.

  19. italianhorn says: Jun 8, 2017 9:10 AM


  20. RandyinRoxbury says: Jun 8, 2017 9:12 AM

    Let’s focus on playing 5 consecutive games first AD.

  21. twinfan24 says: Jun 8, 2017 9:15 AM

    Based on the last few seasons, if he does play to 37, it means he will only have “played” 2.5-3.5 more seasons and sat out getting paid for long stretches.

  22. cruzcowboy says: Jun 8, 2017 9:31 AM

    Just focus on having one good season first dude. You looked terrible last year before you got injured.

  23. toybkshr says: Jun 8, 2017 9:37 AM

    How bout getting thru yr 1 first

  24. sb44champs says: Jun 8, 2017 9:38 AM

    Why all the hate for AD? If he was backup for your team you’d be ecstatic

  25. thenewguy12 says: Jun 8, 2017 9:44 AM

    “If anybody RB could do this it would be him”

    RBs like Marcus Allen have done that. Frank Gore at 34 is currently the closest among active players.

  26. burtmustin says: Jun 8, 2017 9:46 AM

    LeBron is thinking about winning four straight against the Warriors also.

    Actually, I think LeBron winning four straight against the Warriors is more realistic than Adrian playing five more years.

  27. pwebster919 says: Jun 8, 2017 9:59 AM

    2.7 yards per carry. He’ll probably make it 6-8 games healthy. Father time is undefeated.

  28. flyiton says: Jun 8, 2017 10:08 AM

    I I I now there is a I in SaInts………

  29. whatjusthapped says: Jun 8, 2017 10:20 AM

    Ya, it’s delusional of him to say 5 more years but I blame on the drinking water in Minneapolis. Its seems to produce delusional thinking across a wide spectrum of the local population with their annual predictions of Superbowl wins.

    As long as Peterson comes out of the gate with 200 plus yards in his first game, I’ll be happy with that.

  30. genericcommenter says: Jun 8, 2017 10:51 AM

    Play year 1, miss year 2 on IR, play year 3, suspended for year 4, year 5 final comeback, maybe.

  31. onlinetoughguy says: Jun 8, 2017 10:54 AM

    And I’m thinking about playing QB in the NFL for the next 10 years, but that doesn’t mean an NFL team is going to let me do it.

  32. homer3692 says: Jun 8, 2017 10:58 AM

    He played the #2 run defense (Tennessee) and #8 (Green Bay) in the first two games before he got hurt. That’s tough with one of the worst Offensive Lines in the League.

    Dude runs with a chip on his shoulder and should be fresh as a rotational back in New Orleans with Ingram and Kamara..Not saying he’s playing ’til 37, but there’s not too many DB’s that wanna meet this guy in the open field.

  33. codythao35 says: Jun 8, 2017 11:11 AM

    I’m a AP fan, but to say 5 more years isn’t realistic. He looked gas out last year as any one can tell.

  34. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 8, 2017 11:13 AM

    In Minnesota, we got used to Adrian saying these kinds of things this time of year.

    “I’m going to play until I’m 40.”

    “I’m going to rush for 2,500 yards.”

    “I’m going to dedicate myself to improving in the passing game.”

    “I’m going to stop fumbling.”

    It’s so nice to see another fanbase have to deal with this nonsense.

  35. Matt from San Diego says: Jun 8, 2017 11:37 AM

    The Phantom Stranger says:
    Jun 8, 2017 11:13 AM
    In Minnesota, we got used to Adrian saying these kinds of things this time of year.

    “I’m going to play until I’m 40.”

    “I’m going to rush for 2,500 yards.”

    “I’m going to dedicate myself to improving in the passing game.”

    “I’m going to stop fumbling.”

    It’s so nice to see another fanbase have to deal with this nonsense.

    Don’t forget 2014’s…

    “Im going to take my first carry of the year for a touchdown.”

    Pretty sure it was maybe a yard or two?

  36. roxtar10 says: Jun 8, 2017 12:10 PM

    I’m thinking about golfing on the PGA Tour. Only problem is I shot an 85 this week.

    It appears “thinking about” and “ability to do” are pretty different, Adrian.

  37. f1restarter says: Jun 8, 2017 12:29 PM

    He has a family to feed…

  38. dawoger says: Jun 8, 2017 12:31 PM

    The strange phantom says: it’s so nice to see another fan base have to deal with this nonsense.

    Everyone on here knows last year at this time you were sitting in front of your screen ready to explode into a fit of multiple Os over every word uttered by AP.

  39. hawksfansince77 says: Jun 8, 2017 12:42 PM

    CTE is real kids…..

  40. nyneal says: Jun 8, 2017 12:45 PM

    Peterson needs more money to plant more trees.

  41. kerzondax says: Jun 8, 2017 12:46 PM

    Well … more power to him.

  42. Frazier28/7 says: Jun 8, 2017 1:18 PM

    well, could be Marcus Allen 2.0.

    Best of luck AP. and with how little he could be used in a pass first offense you never know. he doesn’t have to carry the team, that’s brees’ job.

  43. northwoodsv2 says: Jun 8, 2017 1:26 PM

    He NEEDS to play another 5 years……camels and child support are expensive.

  44. Brobokil says: Jun 8, 2017 1:41 PM

    AP and his numbers man. I’m still waiting to see that 2,500 yards.

  45. purpleguy says: Jun 8, 2017 1:42 PM

    I’m not really all that bummed he’s gone, but he just doesn’t look right in Saints’ colors. Just like Lord Favre looked weird in purple.

  46. badmoonrison says: Jun 8, 2017 1:45 PM

    Well thats 5 more years his kids wont have to worry about getting abused everyday.

  47. stucats says: Jun 8, 2017 1:52 PM

    good luck A.P. but if you think you will beat Emmitt’s all time rushing record, IT’S NOT GONNA HAPPEN!

  48. iberiasaint says: Jun 8, 2017 2:01 PM

    Ungrateful Viking fans still hating about that NFL Championship game loss to the Saints. Apparently AP was already signed by my Saints and helped us with the gift of having butter fingers. He will personally beat you guys again in Week 1. Thanks AP!

  49. jwcarlson says: Jun 8, 2017 2:24 PM

    The kid he beat will be old enough to defend himself by then.

  50. droppedinagreasefire says: Jun 8, 2017 2:48 PM

    The dude must be broke. A 37 year old rb? Come on, man!

  51. ringurbell says: Jun 8, 2017 2:51 PM

    At least he’s not in a packhim uniform

  52. Lisa_the_Greek says: Jun 8, 2017 3:37 PM

    5 MORE YEARS! (of fumbling)
    5 MORE YEARS! (of fumbling)

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