Sean Payton doesn’t rule out an Adrian Peterson reunion

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Free-agent running back Adrian Peterson is interested in returning to the Saints. Saints coach Sean Payton hasn’t ruled out a reunion.

“This gets back to the notion that we had any argument in Minnesota [during a Week One game against the Vikings],” Payton told reporters on Saturday when asked about the possibility of signing Peterson given the four-game suspension imposed on Mark Ingram. “There was none. I think a ton of him, and that would be the part where if all of sudden we decided, ‘Hey, we’re going to look at additional players that are on the street,’ his name, there will be a few others. We have him on a board right now, who’s available. Veteran running backs stacked on a board graded, but he’s a tough player, warrior, and a great worker and we had a good relationship.”

Peterson signed with the Saints last year, before the Saints drafted Alvin Kamara. Once the regular season began, Peterson became frustrated with his lack of playing time and touches. Eventually, the Saints traded Peterson to the Cardinals.

This year, having Peterson makes sense for the first quarter of the season. When Ingram returns, however, the Saints could be right back where they were in 2017, with three tailbacks, a franchise quarterback, and only one football.

34 responses to “Sean Payton doesn’t rule out an Adrian Peterson reunion

  1. Cut Ingram and sign Peterson to a 3 year deal. Peterson is much better than ingram.

  2. Peterson just needs to hang it up.

    He thinks he is better, than he really is.

  3. Trey Edmunds is probably better than Peterson is at this point. The Saints will be fine with him, Kamara and an UDFA. Peterson’s done.

  4. AD has a lot left in the tank. The Cards had an awful offensive line that, as all the Analytic measures show, was at the bottom. AD also did whatever the Cards asked him to do, even if it exposed him when they asked him to pass block. Honest, he tried, but that is one skill AD does not have.

  5. Truths4all If you want to make an argument Peterson has something left in the tank I won’t argue BUT to say he has a lot left in the tank is almost comical. His last 2 seasons were ended by injury and 3 of his last 4. Even last year Peterson showed at times yes he still has it but only at times.

  6. Translation: “AP showed up at the team facility with a switch.”

  7. exinsidetrader says:
    May 12, 2018 at 7:17 pm
    Sounds like Payton is trolling AP and wants to cut him again. Maybe he frowns on child-abusers.
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    Most people do.
    Well, except for Mike Zimmer and Viking fans.

  8. That’s great news. I was hoping he would take his hands of stone and god awful pass blocking to an upper tier NFC team.

  9. Read between the lines, yes he (coach Peyton) does rule it out-it’s just at this point it’s less trouble and politically correct to say he doesn’t rule it out…………………….

  10. I cannot imagine why this man cannot retire gracefully. He is very wealthy, highly regarded player whose skills have obviously eroded beyond his ability to be effective.

  11. There must be a lot of bushes and trees in the New Orleans area where Adrian can cut himself a few switches…..’Spare the rod’ or switch when Adrian is involved.

  12. I watched AD from day 1. He needs to retire, he is nowhere near what he was during his first 7 seasons.

  13. exinsidetrader says:
    May 12, 2018 at 7:17 pm
    Sounds like Payton is trolling AP and wants to cut him again. Maybe he frowns on child-abusers.
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    Maybe Adrian wants to see who else Sean wants to put a bounty on.

  14. Adrian probably works out harder and pushes himself more than most players, but time catches up with everyone. Plus every time the Saints and Cardinals put him in the game everyone on defense, sitting in the stands or watching TV knew 90% of the time it was a running play. He just doesn’t have the versatility of dual-threat RB’s need these days.

  15. Adrian Peterson just has to be patient. If Doug Martin doesn’t work out Jon Gruden will come calling. He loves players in their 30’s.

  16. Wow! It is obvious to me, that many who have posted, have never experienced having to give up something you love to do 🙁 I feel for the players, who just can’t see, that maybe, their time is over! I see NO compassion shown for them! The only comment that makes sense to me, is that when AP is in, the D will know it is a running play. I hope that some team finds a need for a veteran presence, even at a vet’s minimum. Hopefully, AP will retire on HIS terms…….

  17. willie jones says:
    May 12, 2018 at 9:00 pm
    Stuff a leaf in him he be done.. Fly eagles fly

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    Love these fans that think the players on their teams are perfect. How many dogs did Vick kill while you cheered him on? Die dog die.

  18. Only Barry Sanders could play with little to no offensive help and produce over a long career. Thankfully the Saints have the O line and FB for Peterson to run 10-15 times a game behind Kamara. The problem is he is not an Ingram type back so you know it’s a run or play action if he comes on. Edmunds is the same way.

  19. lengai says:
    May 13, 2018 at 3:28 pm
    Only Barry Sanders could play with little to no offensive help and produce over a long career. Thankfully the Saints have the O line and FB for Peterson to run 10-15 times a game behind Kamara. The problem is he is not an Ingram type back so you know it’s a run or play action if he comes on. Edmunds is the same way.

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    So could OJ Simpson. The defense knew the Bills were handing the ball to OJ pretty much every play…..and yet many teams still couldn’t stop him. Criminal issues aside, OJ was an amazing player

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