Adrian Peterson could sit out the remainder of the 2016 NFL season after sustaining a knee injury. The injury could also that his time as a member of the Minnesota Vikings will end soon.
Peterson, who has spent his entire 10-year career in Minnesota, could become available as a free agent in 2017. His recent injury could force the Vikings to look for options, leaving the veteran running back with no choice but to move to another interested squad.
Adrian Peterson A Good Fit For New England Patriots?
And according to FanSided, the New England Patriots are one of the teams who could make a run at signing Peterson. It will be a surprising move if the Patriots decide to pursue Peterson because of head coach Bill Belichick’s philosophy.
Belichick has been known for his reluctance to give ageing players a big role in his team. However, Peterson’s case could be an exception because the 31-year-old could eventually help the Patriots, particularly in the postseason.
“New England thinks four steps ahead of everybody else,” FanSided noted. “The Patriots have the best NFL scouting department in the league and it’s not even debatable. New England continues to bring in undervalued players and turn them into stars. Peterson is a fading star, but could have value late in 2017.”
Minnesota Vikings Want To Keep Adrian Peterson
Peterson was injured just in their second game of the season, sustaining a torn meniscus in his right knee. Most analysts believe that he could miss the remainder of the season, but the Vikings are hoping that their veteran superstar could return by December.
According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, there are doubts if fans will see Peterson wearing the purple-trimmed uniform again. But based on his sources, that Vikings want to keep Peterson in Minnesota, but it will all depend on his willingness to take a huge salary cut in the coming years.
The Vikings have been very loyal to Peterson according to Rapoport and it is not expected to change anytime soon, but money could be an issue in the offseason. This will give teams like the Patriots a chance to take him away from the team that selected him seventh overall in 2007.