The Patriots haven't been very aggressive in the running back market, only signing career backup and special teamer Rex Burkhead to a one-year deal, although he will earn over $3 million if he makes the team. There is still a need for a bigger back that can be leaned on during early downs and also late when the Patriots try to run teams into submission, a ploy that made LeGarrette Blount one of the most productive backs in the NFL last season. There is no doubt that Peterson is a better player than Blount, and he is only two years older, but he's had some knee issues over the last few years, although he did return from both injuries much sooner than expected, and in both cases he was ready to play.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the news on Twitter:
Peterson would be a very good fit for the Patriots, and with the rest of the weapons New England has, teams wouldn't be able to focus on simply stopping him, which will make him and Brady that much better. It may only be for one year, but there is no doubt that a healthy Adrian Peterson on the Patriots is a nightmare scenario for the rest of the NFL, and if Peterson is willing to take a contract that works on the Patriots terms, there is a good chance he will get to play for the World Champs. His presence could very well help lead New England to a second straight Super Bowl. It will be interesting to to see how this plays out, but just the fact that he's taking a meeting makes me think there is a real interest from both parties. We'll keep you updated on the situation as details emerge.
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