Despite initial doubts, Adrian Peterson will be playing in Minnesota this fall. It just so happens that he will be standing on the visitors sideline wearing black and gold when the Vikings kickoff the season on Monday Night Football on September 11th against the Saints.
The former Viking running back states that he will sign a two-year, $7 million deal with the New Orleans Saints after Minnesota declined to pick up his $18 million option. As reported by ESPN’s Josina Anderson, it will be a one year deal with a team option for the second year with only a $2.25 million cap charge for the first year and $4.75 million cap charge in the second. There are also incentives that can be reach by Peterson that could boost the value of the contract.
The Saints are coming off three straight 7-9 seasons, and have won only two playoff games since their Super Bowl XLIV victory in 2009, when they knocked off Peterson’s Vikings in the NFC Championship game. New Orleans’ division, the NFC South, has also housed the last two NFC champions in the Carolina Panthers and the Atlanta Falcons. However, the Saints still have future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton at the helm, and two first round picks in the NFL Draft this Thursday.
How the Saints will utilize the 7-time Pro Bowl and 2012 NFL MVP back will remain to be seen, as they do retain fellow running back and former Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, who at age 27 ran for a career high 1,043 yards last season. The Saints also bring back one of the most prolific offenses of the 2016 season after leading the league in yards per game and finishing 2nd in points per game. Peterson took visits to the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots before signing with the Saints.
- Intern Ryan