May 1, 2017 by adamburt13
Adrian Peterson recently signed a contract with the New Orleans Saints with a signing bonus of $2.5 million dollars. (Courtesy of Jim Mone/Associated Press)
Written by Adam Burt
It’s almost the 2017 NFL season and Adrian Peterson is still striking…pause…striking himself a deal with a new NFL team that is. The New Orleans Saints recently signed Peterson to a contract, this contract is worth about $7 million dollars over two years with a signing bonus of $2.5 million dollars. Now you have to think fans are questioning what this guy has left at age 32. Which brings me to my question. Does anyone actually believe he has some old AP left in him?
I for one don’t think this was a good signing for the Saints at all. I actually got a solid laugh when I saw the news break about this. Take it from an angry fantasy owner of Peterson who witnessed how awful he performed while healthy before missing pretty much the remainder of his 2016 season due to injury.
Peterson had a productive year in 2015 gaining over 1,400 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. Then the 2016 season comes around and he comes out playing lackluster football only gaining 72 yards rushing on 37 attempts in a combined 3 weeks of football due to a meniscus tear that had sidelined him.
But his poor numbers from last season is the most recent gameplay that people have seen from Peterson and that was while being healthy. To think people still wanna put some faith in this guy is kind of a head scratcher to most. I do feel AP will some day be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but I felt like he should have just retired with his impressive numbers before tainting his legacy more if he doesn’t find success.
Between the indictment for reckless and negligent injury to a child back in 2014 and his downfall season in 2016, people might be looking at his career differently. Now he has more to prove with a new start in New Orleans to come out and produce following last year’s poor rushing numbers. He had to try to silence critics who don’t think he can still play, even in a backup or community role.
He will be playing in a community back type of role this year head coach Sean Payton confirmed. Sharing touches in the backfield with Mark Ingram, Travaris Cadet and recently drafted rookie Alvin Kamara from Tennessee. Although it seems without question, Ingram and Peterson are the top two backs they have. If Peterson comes out struggling like last season it could turn into a nice opportunity for the rookie to capitalize on.
So the Saints end-of-story chance it on this guy who is coming off an awful season, at 32 years old, and has a past history of not being able to hold onto the ball. Even if it may seem like a decent chance to take for only 3.5 million a year, I don’t like the signing and will be judging the Saints’ decision on this until I am proven wrong. Who knows Maybe Peterson had a great offseason and comes out to beat up the competition next year, time to wait and find out.