Adrian Peterson Closing In On New Deal

Report: Adrian Peterson Nearing Deal With Saints

The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that it appears that the Saints and all-time great running back Adrian Peterson are close to a deal for the 2017 season. The Advocate indicates negotiations are on-going.

Even if Peterson manages to supplant Ingram as the starter, he still has to prove he can stay healthy and regain his form from two seasons ago with a new team at an advanced age. Signing for $3 million a year before the draft makes little sense, but it's looking more and more likely that Peterson has an empty market outside of New Orleans.

New Orleans has three running backs on its current roster including Mark Ingram, Daniel Lasco and Marcus Murphy. The Vikings signed veteran Latavius Murray instead. He's not someone I plan on drafting in the majority of leagues. The Patriots have two important pieces they can trade for a first-round pick on Draft Day - quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and cornerback Malcolm Butler. He had 72 yards rushing on 37 carries. If Peterson can help the Saints chew up clock late in games, more power to him and the Saints organization.

Peterson visited the Saints earlier this month and left without a deal, but the two sides were pleased with how things went and remained in contact. Hightower, in his 30-year-old season with much less wear than Peterson, contributed 548 yards at 4.1 per carry.

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That Week 1 trip to Minnesota for Monday Night Football will sure get a lot more dramatic in a hurry if Peterson wraps up the deal with New Orleans, as anticipated.

As a result of the imminent signing, Peterson will likely still be coming to Lambeau Field in 2017, just as a member of the Saints in October instead.

But at least five of the top 10 drafting teams badly need a better long-term answer at QB: Cleveland, San Francisco, Chicago, New York Jets and Buffalo.

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