Adrian Peterson visited the New England Patriots on Monday but a possible deal has fallen apart. The running back left New England without a contract and it’s not known if Peterson and the Patriots will still talk about a contract in the future.
According to reports on Tuesday, it’s confirmed that Peterson came empty-handed after meeting with the Patriots. New England has veteran star quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick under contract next season and the addition of Peterson is seen as something that will help them defend the Super Bowl title they had won earlier this year.
Adrian Peterson New England Patriots can’t agree to terms
Adrian Peterson was the leader of the Minnesota Vikings for many years. He suited up for the Vikings from 2007 to 2016. He lost playing time last season for Minnesota after he struggled to stay on the field. Peterson was the first round pick by Minnesota, or the seventh overall pick, in the 2007 NFL Draft.
According to other reports, other teams have also shown interest in acquiring Adrian Peterson. The Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and New York Giants have all been linked to the veteran. The Minnesota Vikings released Peterson back in February.
Many NFL analysts see Peterson as a good fit with Brady, Belichick, and the Patriots. New England is the defending Super Bowl champion and pegged to once again become a contender in the 2017 NFL season.
Brady and the Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI in one of the best championship games in the history of the league. Brady won his Super Bowl MVP and his play is not seen to drop off in the next few seasons. With Brady still effective, adding Peterson would add another weapon and preserve Brady’s arm for the long-term.
Adrian Peterson New England Patriots good fit
“The Patriots will be adding to their running back corps between now and when they fill out their 90-man roster by late April/early May; that is a guarantee. No team goes into the offseason camps/training camp with just four running backs (James White, Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead, D.J. Foster), and the Patriots’ need for a power back is obvious,” Matt Reiss of ESPN stated about the Patriots need for a running back like Peterson.
There were NFL trade talks last season involving Adrian Peterson. However, the Minnesota Vikings had no choice but to stick with their veteran because of an injury.