Adrian Peterson has finally chosen a new team and it did indeed happen before the start of Thursday’s 2017 NFL Draft. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network and NFL.com is reporting that Peterson has finalized a deal with the New Orleans Saints for $7 million.
The two-year deal sounds like an absolute home run for the Saints who have now bolstered their running back position. Mark Ingram is still be the highest earning running back on the team and after another solid year, he will likely be the starter at that position.
AP’s decision eliminates any need for The Big Easy franchise to go looking for a running back with any of their early picks and can now focus on helping shape the roster around the devastating offence that the club is known for.
Drew Brees and Sean Payton must be thrilled to have yet another weapon to add to their attack on the ground. The quarterback has proven to be basically unstoppable through the air throughout his career.
Over the past few seasons, the major lesson learned has been that Brees cannot continue to try and will this team to victory on his own, he’s going to need some help. Bringing in one of the most prolific rushers in league history definitely qualifies in that department.
Ingram has been better in the past two seasons as a pass catcher, which would give Peterson a role where he could focus on early down runs and breaking through the goal line on short plays. Essentially, if their quarterback can get them in the red zone, then they will score.
Peterson is obviously trying to end his career with a Super Bowl win. Although his individual statistics are some of the best in NFL history, postseason success was hard to come by in The Land of Lakes.
Making this type of move so quickly shows how comfortable AP must be with the situation down in New Orleans. He could have waited out the market and seen if any contenders lost their starting back in the early weeks of the season and then cashed in accordingly.
Instead, the Saints will be heading into their most exciting season in nearly five years with Peterson on board. There is now no reason to believe that they couldn’t find a way to scrape back to the Super Bowl like they did in 2009.
When the ball goes up in Minnesota next year during week one, the running back may be wearing a different uniform, but the expectation is that he will be the same old AP.News Now - Sport News