The Minnesota Vikings’ all-time leading rusher is finally making a(nother) free agent visit, and he’s apparently looking to go straight to the top.
I initially had this as Peterson’s first free agent visit, but he did pay a visit to Seattle a while back, so that’s my mistake.
Adam Schefter is reporting that, on Monday, Adrian Peterson will pay a visit to the Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots.
Peterson was informed by the Vikings just before the start of free agency that he wouldn’t be coming back to Minnesota, and the team’s signing of Latavius Murray basically underscored that. Peterson has made just one other visit in free agency, amid rumors that he was asking for upwards of $8 million a year. . .a figure that a) he has vehemently denied on social media and b) no running back is going to approach in free agency this season.
The Patriots could be wanting to use Peterson in the same sort of short-yardage role that they’ve had Legarrette Blount in for the past couple of seasons. Blount is a free agent as well, and the Patriots have not made any overtures to bring him back yet.
Perhaps, at this point, Peterson has resigned himself to the fact that he’s not going to be getting big money as a free agent and is looking to go to a team that has a chance at winning. If that’s the case, he could certainly do worse than teaming up with Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and company.