Report: Adrian Peterson, Saints closing in on deal

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Word came Monday that the Saints and running back Adrian Peterson are still talking about a contract and they reportedly are moving toward doing more than that.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the two sides are “closing in” on a deal that would put Peterson in a Saints uniform for the 2017 season. Per the report, the deal would be for $3 million-plus.

There’s no word on when things may move from closing in to closed, although the draft may provide some impetus to get things done sooner rather than later. The Saints would likely want to know if they need to add a running back at some point this week as they are thin at the spot beyond Mark Ingram and signing a deal now would keep Peterson from losing out on possible landing spots due to how the draft unfolds.

If the Saints do sign Peterson, he’ll see some familiar faces in his first regular season game with his new team as last week’s schedule announcement revealed the Saints and Vikings will square off on the first Monday night of the year.

68 responses to “Report: Adrian Peterson, Saints closing in on deal

  1. Damnit, I don’t want a child beater on my team. He doesn’t even fit the high-passing volume offense; he will just be an impediment. And for 3+ mil plus? Why in the world should we sign him rather than draft one of the many talented RB prospects?? Man, I really hope Loomis sees something I don’t. Stupid, expensive signings like this possible one have really limited what we can do.

  2. If it’s only $3 million, I’d take a chance on him, too. He may be old, but so is Frank Gore.

    Though personally I’d kick the tires on Charles first. For that same amount, of course. With incentives based on games played.

  3. He’ll arrive knowing he has the love and gratitude of Saints Nation for delivering 2009 NFC Championship to the stricken city. Greenway unretires for Monday night home opener!

  4. Not sure I understand all the hate with the signing…..I guess some people just want to hate just to hate. I good acquisition for the Saints and should make them a better team on offense. Not that they really need it.

  5. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahah

    Fumble prone, coming off injury, can’t block, can’t catch, magnet for protests because he’s mired in controversy…what a pickup!

  6. Good landing spot for both sides. There are several teams with weak RB situations like The Lions, Colts and Packers, who i feel should gave pursued AP, but the market wasn’t there for him. The criticism towards AP as a player, at this point of his career is valid. However, the criticism of his character is way overblown. He crossed the line disciplining his own child but AP has been a model citizen on and off the field.

  7. This is a team the NFC didn’t want to see him going too. You do realize all the QBs he played with are jacked right? You do realize he’s going from running against 8-9 boxes vs. the soft defenses the brilliance of Drew Brees provides. Not sure how this is a bad thing. He boosts the roster regardless of his role.

  8. Interesting pickup, they’re similar in the sense they aren’t relied on to catch passes out of the backfield; Downhill type runners. Could be a decent 1-2 punch not sure it’s the best option for them however.

  9. I think this is a great idea. Because I’m a Bucs fan.

    He’s old, has been injured, has limited value as a receiver, can’t block, has never been asked to try to deal with the kind of complex schemes Sean Payton likes to run, and just doesn’t make any sense at all. Why?

  10. Espn is backdoor paying the Saints to sign AP just to help raise the ratings and ad rates on what otherwise would be a stinker of a game.

    I hope ap runs for 3tds then breaks a leg and retires.

  11. Ingram and Peterson are basically the same “guy” as far as skill sets, including fumbles! Saints should have kept Hightower to compliment Ingram and find more of a scat back for change ups.

  12. Good. The more money they spend on other players the less they have to pay Butler if that trade is even still a possibility. And with each player they sign or draft that uses up cap space the chances of that trade go down.

  13. I think AP still has some tread on the tires, but it also seems to me the Saints were always most effective with a fleet footed RB capable of catching passes out of the backfield, not a 2-down runner that can neither pass protect nor catch passes out of the backfield. Playing on that dome turf isn’t exactly going to do wonders on those 4o year old knees either. What the hell, I still wish AP and the Saints all the best — except for that Monday night game.

  14. @ghlatty Mark Ingram does not have a fumbling problem. Look at his stats over his entire NFL career.

  15. Lisa_the_Greek says:
    Apr 24, 2017 4:22 PM
    If this is true it will be the worst thing that has ever happened to the city of New Orleans.

    Thumbs down if you agree, thumbs up if you don’t.
    _________________________________________

    Nice try. Actually, it wasn’t really a nice try.

  16. Whole deal is hinging on weather Vikings provide the supply of the grease, grease gun,and a whole lotta wd-40 for all the other joints,creaks,old worn out parts.

  17. With our luck, he will have a huge game and it will be the last one of his career.

  18. While I liked what Hightower did for the Saints but HE chose to sign elsewhere! If the price is right for AP to run the ball in New Orleans then I’m for it. If it makes defenses move people out the box away from the line of scrimmage then I’m for it. So if it helps the Saints win then I’m for it. Each team in the NFL has a player on their roster whose character is questionable I’m sure.

  19. What I remember about AP as a Vikings fan…

    The good:
    Loads of regular season heroics, especially against division rivals. He feasted on the Pack, Bears and Lions for most of his career.

    The bad:
    Critical, mind numbing and team killing mistakes from a player who needed to be at his best in big games and NEVER was (not that there were many, sadly).

    It’s bittersweet, but it was time.

  20. milkmandanimal says:
    Apr 24, 2017 4:20 PM

    I think this is a great idea. Because I’m a Bucs fan.

    He’s old, has been injured, has limited value as a receiver, can’t block, has never been asked to try to deal with the kind of complex schemes Sean Payton likes to run, and just doesn’t make any sense at all. Why?
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    As a Panthers fan, I share your sentiment. Plus, where did they get that $3M with Brees having a $125M salary this year? 🙂

  21. milkmandanimal says:
    Apr 24, 2017 4:20 PM

    I think this is a great idea. Because I’m a Bucs fan.

    He’s old, has been injured, has limited value as a receiver, can’t block, has never been asked to try to deal with the kind of complex schemes Sean Payton likes to run, and just doesn’t make any sense at all. Why?
    _____
    As a Panthers fan, I share your sentiment. Plus, where did they get that $3M with Brees having a $125M salary this year?

  22. That explain why the NFL scheduled the Saints Vikings on Monday night this year. Don’t they know with how inept their officials are. The NFL looks too scripted? WWE like in fact.

  23. While he is close to striking a deal with the Saints, let’s hope he isn’t too close to striking his own kid again.

  24. He should get a built in bonus for past goal line fumbles. AP will be grand marshal of next years mardi gras parade for helping bring a trophy to the city of atlantis.

    Still a beast, love watching him truck defenders. Hate watching him drop the ball in huge spots year after year and trying to block. Bitter Sweet day in Viking Nation.

  25. Yall acting like he is coming there to start and be an everydown back….yall dont get to excited when your team cant stack the box because Brees will throw it all over the field…then what, you think Ingram and Peterson wont run on your team ??? Good luck with that….No he isnt what he once was but if he gets 20- 25 snaps a game then it works….

  26. chaparra5 says:
    Apr 24, 2017 3:48 PM
    Vikings will force AP into 3 lost fumbles on Monday night.

    ————

    …..and the Vikings will still go on to lose by 28 points…..

  27. Seems like a very poor fit for the Saints offensive scheme – a guy who couldn’t catch out of the backfield and couldn’t pass block in his price, let alone as a geriatric.

  28. If Peterson is even half of what he used to be then he’s an upgrade from Hightower. Also Peterson has always played 8 or 9 in the box. Let’s see how well he does with an actual QB that can throw all over the field with that many in the box. Plus the Daints have to make a push this year with all 5 defensive picks in the first 3 rounds.

  29. jedimasterbates says:
    Apr 24, 2017 5:57 PM
    I guess he has no interest in getting a ring
    _________________

    He does, but he is probably more interested in having a job. Which fewer become available after the draft, which is why he needs to sign now.

    Especially if he got ahead of himself, and began spending that 18 Million he could have received next year.

  30. They were already dysfunctional…should have sent AP to the Bucs to screw them up instead.

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