With a very deep class of running backs about to be drafted between Thursday and Saturday, Peterson could be seeing his best opportunity to find a palatable contract is closing fast. He is reportedly closing in on a deal with the New Orleans Saints, as the New Orleans Times-Picayune first reported Monday.
According to NFL Network, that contract could be worth more than $3 million. That’s still going to be less than one-fourth of what Peterson was scheduled to make ($18 million) in 2017 in Minnesota, but the Vikings declined to exercise that final year on his contract and allowed him to become a free agent on March 9. The Vikings signed veteran Latavius Murray instead.
Since then, Peterson has visited the Seattle Seahawks, the New England Patriots and Saints. His visit with the Saints was two weeks ago.
It would make for an interesting regular-season opener on Monday Night Football when the Vikings host the Saints, but it would also be intriguing to see how the Saints would manage the rotation among Peterson and Mark Ingram.
Ingram rushed for 1,043 yards in 2016 while Peterson – who has rushed for at least 1,000 yards seven times in his career – played in only three games last year because of injuries.