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RB Adrian Peterson - Free Agent

6-0, 220Born: 3-21-1985College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 1, pick 7

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2016 Week 15 vs IND (6 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Before the injury, Peterson looked terrible. Well, he came back and picked right up where he left off, struggling on the handful of carries he had before the Colts ran away and hid. Once Indianapolis blew the doors off the game, the Vikings mostly had Peterson on the sidelines so Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata could fill in. The result was Peterson on the field for just 12 snaps. "Unfortunately the game did not lay out the way we expected, so for me being in there it changed a little bit" Peterson said post-game (per a transcript provided by the Vikings PR department). "We had to drop back and start passing the ball a lot more. For me being out for a sufficient amount of time, it was obviously best for Jerick [McKinnon] and Matt [Asiata] to continue with the hurry up offense." Peterson also had a drive-killing fumble later in the game when the team was closing in on a potential score. "I remember pushing with my left arm, and as I went down the ball got loose. I don't know if someone hit it out, but it was a poor job by me with ball security." Peterson has had ball security issues in the past, and hopefully this was more rust than the beginning of a trend. That said, he doesn't appear to be able to create anything more than the rest of the backfield behind this offensive line.

2016 Week 2 vs GB (12 / 19 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Peterson had an awful game even before he was forced from it with a right knee injury in the third quarter. A Monday morning MRI revealed a torn meniscus, which one would imagine will keep Peterson out at least a week. That said, head coach Mike Zimmer wouldn't shut him down yet. As hard as it is to imagine him playing, Peterson is a physical freak. The question is, then, will he do more harm than good? Because as far as football goes, Peterson has not been effective. The offensive line is not opening holes for him and unlike in years past, Peterson has not been able to overcome that. He was struggling again on Sunday against a tough Green Bay defensive line. Even if he is healthy, he has underwhelmed so far.

2016 Week 1 vs TEN (19 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With Shaun Hill under center, the Tennessee Titans decided to stack the box and focus on Adrian Peterson. It started out badly with 20 yards in the first half and then went downhill from there. Along with the constant pressure in the box, the offensive line continued to struggle to open up running lanes for Peterson and he was swarmed on nearly every carry. After a while, Peterson seemed to start overthinking the plays and was slower to the hole than he normally is. He knew the lanes were closing swiftly and seemed to be stuck trying to think too far ahead as to what he would do when that occurred. With Sam Bradford under center next week--which it would be surprising if he wasn't--Peterson should see less stacked boxes but he needs to run with confidence and authority like we know he can.

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NFL | Adrian Peterson asked for $8 million? (Fri Mar 24, 02:42 PM) - Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) reportedly wanted more than $8 million in the first year of any contract he signed during the initial wave of free agency.

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Packers | GB passing on Adrian Peterson? (Fri Mar 24, 12:34 PM) - Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) was reportedly close to making a visit with the Green Bay Packers before they decided his initial asking price was too high, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

Our View: The Packers need a lead running back, and Peterson would certainly give them that. If the price is too high, then perhaps the price comes down as Peterson is running out of options.
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Packers | Adrian Peterson may visit Green Bay? (Wed Mar 22, 10:22 PM) - The Green Bay Packers have 'some' interest in a visit with free-agent WR Adrian Peterson (Vikings), but it is believed that might not happen until after the team can take stock of its roster following the draft, according to ESPN's Ben Goessling.

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Raiders | Oakland WR recruiting Adrian Peterson (Sat Mar 18, 10:26 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Cordarrelle Patterson has been trying to recruit free-agent RB Adrian Peterson via Twitter, telling Peterson to 'join the dark side.'

Our View: Peterson is an option for the Raiders, but it depends on whether or not Marshawn Lynch comes out of retirement.
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson won't return to Vikes (Thu Mar 16, 05:18 PM) - Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) will not be re-signed by the Minnesota Vikings, according to general manager Rick Spielman.

Our View: Once Latavius Murray showed up, this was expected. How much does Peterson have left in the tank? And how much is he asking for? We would go with 'not much' and 'too much,' respectively.
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