The former Minnesota Vikings veteran running back Adrian Peterson has agreed to terms on a two-year contract deal with the New Orleans Saints.
The 32-year-old superstar Adrian Peterson and the New Orleans Saints will be facing the Minnesota Vikings. In the season opener of both teams on Monday Night Football at the U.S. Bank Stadium.
Adrian Peterson press statement reads:
“I am excited to be joining the New Orleans Saints. I’m really looking forward to this opportunity. Most importantly, I chose this team because it just felt right within my spirit.”
“Additionally, my wife and family added their confirmation with the same feelings. On offense, it goes without saying that the Saints are really solid behind Drew Brees. I feel like my skill set can make them even more dominant as a unit. They have a great offensive line, which is something that stood out to me as well. I could tell from talking to head coach Sean Payton over the last two weeks that he did his due diligence in evaluating how I could contribute. I also did a lot of homework on the defense as well. While I know that injuries have played a role in performance, I also see areas of potential with a lot of younger guys having the ability to step up. Lastly, it goes without saying that the Saints have an amazing fan base and I look forward to making them proud and creating everlasting memories.”
The seven-time Pro Bowler Adrian Peterson’s contract deal is reportedly for a couple of years and worth $7 million.
The Minnesota Vikings moved on from the future Hall of Famer this offseason, instead signing the former Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray.
Adrian Peterson won’t be the only running back in New Orleans Saints as former Alabama back Mark Ingram has become a key player in the storied franchise’s offense.
Adrian Peterson has been one of the elite running backs in the league through most of his 10 years with the Minnesota Vikings, earning the seven Pro Bowl appearances, four first-team All-Pro lists, three rushing titles and an MVP Award. The ultimate challenge for the running back will be to continue posting above average figures while entering 2017 NFL season at 32 years of age.
Not only did the Oklahoma product miss all but three games in the previous season due to a torn meniscus, but Peterson also struggled when on the field. Peterson was limited to just 72 rushing yards and zero touchdowns at 1.9 yards per carry. It wasn’t a surprise when Minnesota the Vikings declined to exercise his $18 million contract option for the forthcoming season.